There are many craft projects that require a gel wax. Homemade gel wax can cut down the cost of making homemade candles. Anyone with proper instructions and the right ingredients can make gel wax.
Things You'll Need
- White mineral oil with a flash point of 375 degrees (1 lb.)
- CP9000 thermoplastic resin powder
- Resin (0.9 oz.)
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Container and lid
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Making Gel Wax
Combine the 0.9 oz of Resin and the 1 lb. of mineral oil. The higher the density, the more Resin will be used. This mixture should be mixed thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Once mixed this should sit for at least an hour. After an hour, mix the mixture again. Check for lumps, and smooth out.
Heat this mixture in a pot on your stove. The maximum temperature this mixture should reach is 220 degrees. Stir this mixture for about 15 minutes. This liquid will turn clear.
Continue stirring clear mixture. At the 30-minute mark, the liquid will start to become a gel mixture. After an hour on the stove, the mixture will become thick. The hot, thick mixture should have a temperature of 200 or 220 degrees at this point. At the 90-minute point, the mixture will have the appearance of a gel wax. After the two-hour point, the gel wax mixture is ready to cool.
Take a large container and pour the gel wax mixture into this container to let it harden and cool. After the mixture is poured, seal this with a lid. A proper gel will have the consistency of Jell-O.