I was fidgeting with a candle when I started noticing that some strings of candle were forming in the liquid (see attached picture, where one of them was removed).

I tried seeing if there was any info online, but couldn't find anything describing this phenomenon. The strings are gooey and sticky, with a different consistent than the semi-hard wax.

I'm wondering if this is like chocolate tempering, where in some particular heating-cooling conditions you get different textures.

This is a scented candle, so another hypothesis could be that the scent is being separated.

Since it relates to a household item, I assume this is documented somewhere, does anyone know what's going on?

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Looking at melting candles with google, the "string form" is dominant in the pictures, and I chose this one :

candle wax

The simplest explanation is that due a)the cohesion of the wax , b) the texture and temperature of the surface on which the wax is flowing while melting, the wax coagulates to a string form. In your particular candle the simplest explanation is that they kept their form within the melted wax due to differences in pressure and temperature.


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