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This material is NOT intended to be used by children
under 16 years of age without close adult supervision.
read our Disclaimer
for additional information.
not use flammable items in your candle!
not insert flammable items into your gel candles, unless
you have a fire-proof / heat - proof barrier between them
and the flame, also known as the double-glass method.
test, test your designs before selling or giving the candles
leave a burning candle unattended.
Candles are a growing and evolving medium and new designs;
supplies, ideas, formulas, resources and quality are constantly
developing and can change. Always contact your supplier
for the most current information about using their products,
product safety and to answer any questions or concerns.
Make certain that your supplier knows you are using their
product for gel candles and that the product is safe for
gel candle making.
up-to-date: become active in one or more of the gel candle
forums, talk to your Suppliers.
you have any questions, or concerns, please contact your
Update March 2001
Beans are flammable! They can catch fire!
We do not recommend using any flammable item. If
you still choose to use them in your candle design,
it is best to use nested glassware, unless you are making
the coffee candle as a wickless smelly-jelly. To
make the nested glassware design: the smaller inner glass
will hold your gel and wick. Place it into the larger
outer glass and fill between the glass walls with the
coffee beans and gel. The larger outer glass holds the
gel and beans. The inner contains the gel and wick. The
glass wall of the smaller glass keeps the beans from the
not use coffee beans to top the Cappuccino Candle unless
it is wickless.
of trademark issues for using/selling
items such as NFL glasses, Coca Cola, Matchbox Cars and
other trademarked items.
Update: April 2001
- One person in a forum
said that a glass bead broke
(on the wick) ... you should be aware of it... Again...
do not use flammable items... There is no need for the glass
bead if you are not using flammable items!
- AUGUST 2002:
Patti Smith of Biomax1.com...
The whole purpose of the bead on the wick is because we
are unable to get wick tabs with long enough stems to
do the trick of 100% protecting the bottom suface of ALL
glassware...in other words, to always insure that the
glass will not heat too extreme and break when customers
allow the candle to burn to the very bottom. It is also
recommended to always use a glass bead above any sand
base because over time, the sand could absorb the gel
and become a wick by itself.
bead is an additional 'safety net' to guard against the
customer who willingly, OR forgets, and leaves the candle
burning in the last inch of the gel. They have burned
many, many of their candles (along with hundreds of customers)
with the glass beads that they supply... NONE have broken
and ALL have extinquished the flame.
says some people are using other beads, incorrectly...
loose 'pony' beads for example...and they don't always
give the same good result because the bead needs to fit
snuggly to automatically snuff the flame.
purpose of Biomax's push for the beads has nothing to
do with flammable objects, which they will never endorse
embedding flammable objects in the same compartment (WITH
beads nor without) as the wick. Some thicker glassware
can withstand this heat.. some cannot. It just isn't worth
the risk and liability as a candle manufacturer, so we
need to guard against customers who could burn the candle
down too far.
bead is a very simple and viable answer (and additional
safety precaution) in ADDITION to the extra long wick
stems that are currently on the market for gel candles--which
we ALWAYS recommend.... When dealing with fire, there
are NEVER too many precautions!!
Update: May 2001
beware of using heat guns on glassware (you should not use
thin glassware for any gel candle design.) Be careful to not
let the glassware get too hot if you choose to use this method.
Update: June 2001
certain that you understand the precautions in
making any gel candle design, in using any gel candle
procedures and in using the gel candles.
you have any questions... contact the author for additional
on the source, be sure to contact the author or the author
via the editor, or via the forum manager or via our editor
if this newsletter.
Update: July 2001
Update: August 2001
Update: September 2001
& design ideas expressed are not necessarily those of
this publication, website, editor or company.
are not endorsing any product or company.
It is up to YOU the candle maker to TEST TEST TEST each
design prior to distribution as sales or gifts. We do not
recommend or endorse the use of flammable items, dead sea
creatures, or real food items in gel candles. If you choose
to design with such items, as in any design, it is up to
YOU to ensure that the design safe for the end user.
provide instructional warnings to end user, especially to
not leave any burning candle unattended.
lighting any candles, review safety precautions at: http://www.candles.org/UseAndSafety/candlesafetytips.htm
certain that you understand the steps in making a design
and using the candles.
pictures and references to food are to "non-edible"
items made of non-food (wax, glass, etc) components.
Update September 2001
Please read this Strong Warning!
As always... it is up to YOU the candle maker
to Test Test Test Designs!
has always been our policy that we do NOT
recommend flammables in Gel Candles.
We are NOT endorsing using flammables in Gel Candles.
If YOU DECIDE to proceed with this design, YOU must
find a way to Anchor the Tube to keep it from
Falling over as the liquid gel around it melts.
If YOU CHOOSE to use this design... Warn End Users...
As with ALL designs to
leave the burning candle unattended!
Update: December 2001
Exploding Gel Candle scare continues to circulate the Net.
certain that you are using the safe glassware. Your glassware
should not be "thin". If it says "Hand wash
only" that's one sign that it's too thin.
certain that you are using the proper gel. We recommend
using Penreco Versagel brand gel.
certain that you are using gel safe fragrance.
here to see what Penreco has to say about the Exploding
Gel scare circulating the Internet.
Penreco regarding Gel Candle Safety and Product Safety Bulletins
here to see what UrbanLegends reports
Gel Candle Safety Tips
Update: September 2002
At this time, this candle paraffin
is still being tested by various suppliers and candle makers.
Some gel chandlers, however, have mentioned experimenting
with the gel by adding extra resin to the gel base in an effort
to make the gel candle free standing (without glass). At the
time of this writing* this is a dangerous
practice and you should be aware of the risks. First of all,
you are changing the mix-formula that has been created by
They have a team of chemists creating the proper gel-mix for
gel safety... why would you mess with that? Additionally,
while in theory the hope that the gel would be "tighter"
with the additional resin, forcing the wick to burn down the
center of the candle, there is no control over this in reality.
You should also be aware that the harder resin mixture would
burn a hotter gel candle. This in itself is enough to make
any gel candle maker cautious and to steer clear of such practices.
There is absolutely no reason to experiment in designing and
providing a dangerous candle to the public. Please keep gel
candles safe by using safe gel candle procedures and designs.
*Future advancements in technology
may make this a possibility... ask your supplier
if you have further questions.
Update: October 2002
As discussed elsewhere -- When
not in use, be certain to cover your stored gel candles with
a candle lid. Gel is a dust magnet -- and it is best to keep
the candles covered so that they will stay clean between uses
Update: December 2002
We are recommending that you use the Forever Candle designs
for your candles. The outer glass (The Mother Container) holds
your design, gel, color and fragrance; while the inner smaller
glass (the Child Container) holds your clear gel and wick.
This keeps the wick/gel away from your designs; preserves
the gel design in the outer glass; allows the end user to
replace the Child Container with refills (supplied by you)
or to place a paraffin candle in the child container.
The outer glass (Mother Container) may also be filled with
water in place of gel; allowing the end user to fill the glass
with items you supply or items she desires to use... again
protecting the items from the gel/wick in the refillable child