Bottle Sealing Wax Questions & Answers
Bottle sealing wax can be used for many things (for more information about bottle sealing wax, check this article out). If you are using bottle sealing wax for the first time, or even if you are a pro looking for new tips, this article is for you.
Below are the answers to your questions about how to use bottle sealing wax.
What type of container can I use to melt the bottle sealing wax?
We recommend using any type of heat-safe container that has a controllable temperature setting. For example, a deep fryer or crock pot.
Can you use a crock pot for paraffin wax?
Yes, a slow cooker is an excellent solution for melting paraffin wax because of the temperature they reach and hold consistently. Slow cookers gently melt wax without risking burning it. Since removing all the wax residue is challenging, you’ll want a cooker you can designate just for wax melting. Mark it clearly to avoid confusion with one suitable for cooking.
Slow cookers come in various sizes, which makes it easy to select one that accommodates the amount of wax and surface area you need for dipping. Just be sure to choose a cooker that allows you control over the heat level. Models that simply plug in and have only one temperature setting may not get hot enough for our bottle sealing wax.
Although they may take a bit longer to achieve the melting point, it’s worth the trade-off to have a continuous temperature during the bottle dipping process. Simply add your wax and allow it to melt on the high setting, stirring often with a wooden utensil or skewers until it reaches the ideal temperature.
You can also use a metal or glass vessel to hold the wax within the slow cooker, provided you surround it with a water bath. When using this method, you should still have one just for wax melting in case of a spill. Keeping your slow cooker covered helps the wax melt faster. Please note that you should always supervise your wax during the entire process, even if the temperature stays consistent.
Can you melt wax on a stovetop?
We find that slow cookers and deep fryers work best, but if you don’t have access to either of these containers, you can use a pot on a stove. Many users melting on the stovetop do so with a double boiler. The additional layer of air between the wax and the direct heat provides a buffer to prevent scorching. The disadvantage to this is that the wax may not reach the ideal temperature, which you can read more about below. The pot on the stove method is also a little bit more difficult to do because it is hard to keep a constant temperature with this method.
What temperature should I dip my bottles at?
We’ve analyzed our bottle-sealing waxes with advanced lab testing and determined their drop melting points in the range of 159-180 degrees Fahrenheit. That means the wax will become a liquid, yet it’s not the ideal temperature for dipping. So, what temperature should wax be for the best results?
We recommended a dipping temperature between 275°F – 300°F. If you’re using a slow cooker for wax melting, this typically correlates to the “high” setting. Please check your cooker’s manual to ensure you don’t heat the wax to a higher temperature than necessary. You should also always measure the temperature before dipping the bottle in the wax. A candy thermometer is ideal for confirming the correct range.
How do I dip the bottle in the wax?
Generally, the ideal dipping method is to turn the bottle over and dip its neck into the wax. After doing so, remove it and allow any excess to drip off before turning it upright again.
How much wax do I need?
You can usually dip between 25-30 bottles per pound of wax. However, there are a few factors that can play into how far your wax will go. Depending on the size of your bottle you are covering you might need more or less wax. Also the size of your container you are melting the wax in will also play a factor into how much wax you will need. A larger container will need more wax in order to create enough depth to dip your bottles into.
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