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How Candles Are Made

From Factory Monster (great name), a video of how candles are made in a South Korean candle factory. I like that there’s no music or voiceover, so you can hear the sounds of the production. I also enjoyed the charmingly janky English subtitles:

Blah blah powder for hardness. Yellow powder for pure white color. Irony, huh?!

Can someone who knows something about making candles tell me why that hole is made in each of the candles with the metal rods? It was unclear from the video what its purpose is.

If you’d like to ruin/enhance the rest of your day, Factory Monster has a trove of making-of videos shot in Korean factories and workshops: retreading old tires, distressed jeans, chain link fences, customized Vans sneakers, and making a knife from an old motorcycle chain. (via the kid should see this)

Discussion  10 comments

Zane Westfield Buxton

The CC mentioned that the hole is created by the metal rods for "candlesticks" which I'm guessing means candlestick holders?

Aaron CohenMOD

Definitely read this as "how candies are made" and was disappointed, which is perhaps a me problem, but I'm trying to make it yours.

Chris Koerner

I mean, you could eat it, but it would probably give you a tummy ache. :p

Jason KottkeMOD

There are at least two posts on about how candy is made: The Anti-Wonka Candy Factory and How Candy Canes Are Made By Hand.


Well there goes the afternoon.


Seconding that Lofty Pursuits candy cane link. I'm particularly charmed by their collection of old Victorian candy machines.

Aaron CohenMOD


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Chris Koerner

Many of the things we use, eat, wear, etc. are made so far away and behind doors we'll never open. I love videos like this that connect us, just a little, to the mechanizations behind our daily lives.

David Loehlin

These are large candles, forearm-sized, like you would use in a church service. You do not want that to fall over. Imagine a candlestick with a matching rod on its end, it would keep the candle from falling over.

Lacey V

I think the candlestick people are right here. But I have also seen that people who make candles at home poke holes around the wick when it’s cooling to help prevent air pockets from forming.

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