Candle molds were usually made of tin like this one in the Pioneer Room of the Botetourt Historical Museum. They were strung with cotton or flax wicks, which were attached tightly to sticks. The hot tallow, rendered in an iron pot, was poured from a spout or cup. It hardened in about an hour. The mold was dipped in warm water to loosen the candles, which were then hung by a loop made with their wicks. On a good fall day, these molds could provide 40 candles. Once finished they were stored in candle boxes.