Breakaway or clamshell wax melts are popular because they’re inexpensive and convenient. The melts are usually made in a six compartment plastic clamshell mold with a snap lid. When the wax hardens in the mold, the melts break off easily and can be placed in a candle warmer.
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Make Clamshell Wax Melts Video Transcript:
Hi, I’m Rose from CandleScience. Today I'd like to show you a quick and easy way to make wax melts. Break away or clamshell wax melts are popular because they are inexpensive and convenient. The melts are usually made in a 6 compartment, plastic clamshell mold, like this one with a snap lid. When the wax hardens in the mold the melts break off easily and can be placed in a candle warmer. If you are new to candle making, you might want to check out our teaching videos using both paraffin and soy for instructions on preparing the wax. You can be as creative as you'd like with color and fragrance combinations. For this project I’m making red wax melts with Cranberry Marmalade fragrance oil.
I've already melted half a pound of IGI 6006 wax, which is a paraffin soy blend and added three drops of red liquid dye. At 185 degrees, I added three-quarters of an ounce of Cranberry Marmalade fragrance oil, which works out to 9% or 1.5oz per pound of wax. Once the wax cools to 145 degrees, pour the wax into 4 clamshell melts just covering the top of the grid. Let the melts cool overnight, snap down the lid and add a label if you would like. Remember to follow manufacturer's directions for the burner that you use. That's all there is to it.
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