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  1. 19 points
    Yes. Craft server is totally independent of Peak, and has been for some time. We will be ok here. No worries.
  2. 14 points
    Hi everyone. I don't post often, well in the last three years I think I haven't posted anything. I make a lot of palm pillars for selling (and I don't sell as much as I'd like) so I don't work with paraffin a lot. But it's the wax I love more, it's the one that brings a lot of fond memories when I was literally living on here, looking at pictures, reading posts on how to make everything. So I made a rustic, the first I made in years. It's not the most beautiful rustic in the world, but this goes out to Vicky.
  3. 13 points
    Here are just a few of them I am selling this year. I have 18 scents and I have to use great restraint to keep that list from growing. I am by no means a fancy candle maker. I like to keep my candles for sale simple and just do one size in a simple jar with a simple label. I always have to apologize for my photo quality. Still waiting on getting a new camera.... hope Santa hears my wish..
  4. 12 points
    I lit this little mini mason jar candle today and used 1 cd 3 wick but I need a smaller one. I see I can get a cd 2 from Bittercreek. If that doesn't work would a tealight wick work? Is a tea light wick smaller than a cd 2? I did something I don't normally do. I poured this teeney 1 3/4" tall mason jar candle yesterday in Fillmores Nutmeg and Ginger and burned it today (using 464) ...I just wanted to see something....I always wait 2 weeks, but got a hair across my butt and thought "let me light this thing...". Well I was at a cabin today which is a 2 floor cabin and I just couldn't believe (no kidding) that this candle I had in a bathroom scented not only the main floor of the cabin but up to the loft also. Is this weird or what? Never in my wildest dreams did I think that something like this could happen in such a small candle (the size of a shot glass) and no less scent 2 floors! I blew it out an hour b4 I left and when I went in the bathroom, I could still smell the bathroom all scented...... On top of this all, I stopped at one of my accounts which is a little country store out in the boonies which sells quite a bit of my candles and I thought I would show them this candle to see what they thought...Omg, they said they wanted a couple dozen.....! Now let me ask you this....Who in their right mind would buy this little dinky candle? I know I wouldn't...lol...But hey, I just have to go to Dollar tree and see if I can get those mini salt and pepper shakers that Sponey said they had - 2 for $1.00 and fill them and sell them...so I'm on a mission... Well back to my original question....if a cd 2 doesn't work, what else should I try? A tea light or what? I snuck a few extra pictures in.....lol Just b/4 I left to go feed the horses I was going to feed Munchkin so I had her dish all set up at the counter and then plum forgot to feed her and left and when I got back, this is what I found sitting at the kitchen counter...Look at her! What a puss on her face! I could tell she was disgusted with me. She has only been fed 5 times today! Geesh! Do you think she has me trained or what? If looks could kill, this would be the photo. Now here is little Bart...He's not so little anymore but growing like a weed. I hope his legs stop growing sometime. Sorry I got off the subject...lol Trappeur
  5. 12 points
    Wood grain soap I made White Ginger and Amber
  6. 11 points
    So I finally got everything packed in the car making last minute checks to make sure I had all my tablecloths, signage, products, etc. At the last minute I realized I left my extra tables at my market stall. So I had to run down to Walmart and buy another 6' table. It was kind of a blessing as I stopped for gas. If I hadn't stopped for gas I wouldn't be able to get it in the morning. I have to leave before 5 am and the gas stations don't open until later. Here is a sneak peak at this years fall candles. I have been wanting to use the orange lids for quite a while and finally got them. I made up labels to match the lids so they have a real nice fall appeal. Wish me luck! Will try to post pics of my set up tomorrow.
  7. 11 points
    OATMEAL, GOAT MILK, HONEY & ALOE SOAP This month I chose to do an oatmeal, goat milk, honey, and aloe vera soap. It's perfect for this time of year because I find it helps my skin best in cold weather. It's perfect for dry, itchy skin and the aloe and oatmeal are very soothing. If you get winter itch you know what I am talking about. I find February and March to be the coldest, driest, windiest winter months so I want a soap that moisturizes while it helps relieve my dry itchy skin. I don't make traditional "full" milk soaps. Instead, I always split my milk with another liquid. In this case I am using aloe vera juice as it helps make a more gentle soap that adds extra punch to help combat dry, itchy, flaky skin. If you want to make a full milk soap I will cover that later during the adding of milk. This is a fairly easy soap to make even for a beginner who has never worked with milk soaps or using honey. Honey accelerates soap batter because it speeds the process of saponification by creating extra heat. But if you follow my instructions you may easily add an eccelerant like honey like a pro. For this recipe I am using Essential Depot's red soap mold. I will be using 35oz of oils in this recipe which fit nicely into the mold. This recipe will produce approximately 11 4oz soaps. I'm using my favorite basic lard soap recipe because I personally love a good lard soap. However you may use any recipe you wish. Its the additives that gives this soap its personality. I am using a 33% lye solution and standard 5% superfat using soapcalc.net INGREDIENTS: OILS Olive Oil 15.75oz (446.50g) @ 45% Coconut Oil 8.75oz (258.06g) @ 25% Lard 8.75oz (258.06g) @ 25% Castor Oil 1.75oz (49.61g) @ 5% ADDITIVES 4.92oz Lye (139.46g) 5oz Aloe Vera 5oz Goat Milk 1oz Honey 1 tbs Colloidal Oatmeal 2.2oz Fragrance Oil (optional) Whole Rolled Oats DIRECTIONS: Prepare lye solution using cold aloe vera juice from your refridgerater. Pour 5oz into bowl. I use hard plastic bowls and rubbermaid spatulas for my soapmaking. Next carefully weigh out your lye crystals and add them to the aloe juice. Blend thoroughly to dissolve the lye crystals, set aside to cool. I use a large hard plastic spoon to stir my lye solution. Next, weigh out your soaping oils. Gently warm your solid oils and add them to your liquid oils. Blend them altogether in large bowl. I am using a rubbermaid spatula to mix my oils. At this point I pour out cold goat milk into a glass and put aside. I am using fresh goat milk by Meyenberg in my recipe. They also make the canned. If you want to make a "full" milk soap use 5oz of the canned but do not add any water to the milk. This was it will stay concentrated. Since It is already condensed this will give you the equivalent of 10 oz of goat milk equal to your full liquid requirement without changing your water discount. Next I weigh out my honey in a small plastic cup. I pop it into the microwave for a short 20 second burst. Then when I take it out the honey is liquified. Do not overcook your honey. Experiment with your microwave in short 10 second bursts. The honey should be liquid with a few bubbles on top. Overheating can ruin the honey and cook your container. The reason I always liquify my honey before adding to my soap is that I have found I will get ugly dark brown spots in my batter if I don't. Once the honey is liquid, add a tbs of cold goat milk to the honey, then stir. This will help temper the honey milk mixture. Then add the honey mixture to the cold milk in the glass and stir it altogether. Add this to you soap batter. The honey I am using for this soap is a clover honey from a local apiary. Normally I use only wildflower honey because I simply prefer it. But I always use wildcrafted honey from local crafters or apiaries here in the valley where I live. As the bees harvest from local flora that helps produce a more beneficial honey product that hasn't been over pasturized as local beekeepers filter their honey. Next add your colloidal oatmeal to the batter. Don't worry about what the batter looks like. We are going to emulsify it with a stick blender. I am using Aveeno bath oatmeal. It is 100% colloidal oatmeal but you can buy it from a soap supplier or sub oat flour and get the same results. I prefer colloidal oatmeal as it is ultra fine ground and won't make a scratchy soap. Colloidal oatmeal will provide a smooth skin exfoliation without giving you that scratchy feeling. Next I take my stick blender and emulsify the batter and it should look like this: Check your lye solution. By this time it should be cooled enough to add. I tend to soap at room tempurature but rarely check my solution with a thermometer. If the bowl feels cool to the touch on the outside I know its ready. Pour in your lye solution and stick blend thoroughly to mix in the lye. Next, I add in my scent. I am using fragrance oil for this at 1oz per pound of soap oil. So for a 35oz oil recipe that comes to 2.1875oz. I rounded it up to 2.2oz. I am using the Chemistry Store's Sandalwood Rose FO by Lebermuth. I have never used it before so this is a first time test soap for me. As a side note, this FO was a dream to use. No acceleration or ricing. It does have some vanillan in it so I expect that as it cures it will discolor to a tan or brown color. The scent is a very soft and feminine floral with notes of wood and musk. Continue stick blending your soap batter until you reach medium thick trace. Then carefully pour the batter into the mold. I like a medium trace so that I may texture the top with a chop stick or bamboo skewer as pictured below: Last, I sprinkle whole rolled oats on the top to finish my soap and give it some charm. I like to use the whole oats sparingly so I only sprinkle a line of oats across the middle of the top. I clean off the edges of the mold where any soap batter droplets fell and cover the mold. I am using Essential Depot's red mold pictured below. Twenty four hours later I have these newly cut fabulous oatmeal, goat milk, honey, and aloe soaps ready to put on my soap racks to cure! I like to cure my soaps from 6 - 8 weeks so they are extra mild and conditioning. Enjoy!
  8. 10 points
  9. 10 points
    Thought I would show some pictures of Hallowoeen candles I made up. I did these last year too. I have so many different jars, it is great way to get rid of them. Thanks for looking. Trappeur
  10. 10 points
    A customer tipped me off that I had one of my candles featured on House Beautiful. That would account for the sudden spike in sales of Cinnamon Vanilla candles today. LOL Not sure if it is OK to post the link, but there I am, right alongside Pottery Barn, Nest, White Barn, Yankee, WoodWick, and Bath & Body Works. Grateful for the increased exposure. http://www.housebeautiful.com/shopping/home-accessories/g4715/best-fall-candles/?slide=2
  11. 10 points
    Just thought I would share how my new tablecloths looks. I got some fitted crinkled tafeta sage green tablecloths and some pink zebra satin table overlays to jazz it up a bit. I also use the overlays on the risers. Not sure you can see them in the photos. New tablecloths pic: soap boxes set up, on the riser are lip balms, hand soap, and bug spray. Shaving soaps, dog soap, and candles. For fun I found a pink zebra pattern and used that as the base for my candle labels so they match my pink zebra table overlays.
  12. 10 points
    So this is a new technique to me, so I wasn't sure how my first try on this was going to come out. I am not totally happy with it, because I just didn't get the spin I wanted using the silicone 8 x 8 cake pan. I only wanted to do 2 lbs, Had I used my good slab mold which holds more, I probably could have gotten a better spin action. Supplies Needed: Slab mold, preferably Measuring cups or other container for all of your colors ( I used 4 here) Supplies recommended but not necessary: spinning lazy susan type thingamajig....lol My recipe for today. Just click on the pic, saves me from listing each thing. I did use full water, and I use 1 oz pp of fragrance in all my soap. It is a high lard recipe and a NICE bar of soap IMO My color inspiration for this one. I'm using an OLD True Raspberry fragrance from WSP that I got years and years ago that still smells awesome. I had never soaped with this oil, so I was hoping it didn't accelerate. It didn't. My little mold Oils and lye water measured, cooled to about 115 Blend until JUST emulsified. You want a very thin batter. I only gave it a few whirls with the SB Separate all of your batter into your containers with your colorants. Now start pouring your colors into the corners of your mold, alternating as shown Keep pouring this way until you have used all of your batter. In hindsight, I should have done the middle, but will do that next try. Once filled, you want to quickly spin your mold, unfortunately, I did not get pictures of me spinning because I needed both hands. Also, because I was trying to spin my mold on a towel, on the counter top, I didn't get any spin action at all in the center. I just couldn't get a good spin. This is where my wood mold would have worked better, or a lazy susan type deal. I didn't want to continue spinning because the outside edges were getting muddied a bit. Because I didn't get a good spin in the middle, I had to hit it with a bamboo skewer to get some swirls. Plus, soap was going over the sides while trying to spin this thing. I was a bit disappointed when I unmolded today. Number 1, I unmolded from this mold way too soon LOL....I couldn't wait. It was way too soft I was not impressed with my handiwork. But because these were thick bars, I thought, hmmmm.....way too big, I'm going to cut them in half. They will be small bars, about 1/2 inch, but who cares? I don't sell my soap these days, they are for me, family, friends, coworkers etc.... so I cut them......and WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO! I am so happy with how these look INSIDE! Next time I try this swirl technique, I will use my slab mold, which holds over 3.5 lbs They smell FANTASTIC! I think my colors came out pretty close to my inspiration colors. I plan to use those color palette inspiration things more often going forward. I always get stumped on colors or I just seem to use the same colors over and over. This was a really fun technique to try, and I'm so glad I did it, finally. I hope some of you will try it, and show us pics!
  13. 10 points
    Ok, so here is my take. I worked for 17 years for one of the larger US Supply houses. I started making candles about 22 years back. I began with paraffin, and in the interim used soy, and settled into a parasoy blend. I can to this day tell you it's not the wax, it's finding the right wax, wick, scent and container combo. My candles will be equally strong, but not always using the same exact scents. I can say it's possible across the board, but I usually find people that say their throw isn't as strong are under wicking and or using a jar with too narrow a diameter. Scent comes from melted wax, thus the surface area is important.
  14. 9 points
    Keystone Candle Supplies was feeling motivated. September 8 at 8:13pm · BIG NEWS!!!! We have recently(well today actually) purchased all remaining inventory of Peak's Candle Supply. Over the next few weeks we will be listing the products. We will be carrying the same scents Peak had and NOT DUPLICATIONS! Please bare with us as we have a lot of sorting to do! Please share to let everyone know!!
  15. 9 points
    Got my head in the game last week and made a few new ones and restocked a few others. Left to right: 2 rows of Winter Birch (a twist on crackling birch) Badde Guys (leather, oud, soft musk, clove, etc) Goode Guys (ocean, brine, Irish hillside grass, etc) Egyptian Musk sparkling Grapefruit Plague Doctor ( similar to thieves blend-my own twist) Sassanach (English rose and Scottish heather) 3 rows of Lavender Patchouli and 2 rows of Bergamot Violet at the end. now to make the next 150! Onward!
  16. 9 points
    People love to use the good ole it's natural approach to soy wax. I always ask them if Margarine is considered all natural, or how about Crisco? Then I go on to explain that soy is even further hydrogenated than those two. I left info on Hydrogenation process as well as the use of Hexane to produce the final product. My answer was it's about as natural as plastic. I also noted that crude oil which makes paraffin is a fully biodegradable end product as well and well, it comes from the earth so is just as natural if not more so than soy. Also it's good to point out that EVERY single crop of soybeans has some degree of roundup ready beans that infiltrate it. There isn't an organic soy wax I am aware of.
  17. 9 points
    I can't remember the last time I posted a picture of my soaps, so here ya go. Hot process doesn't mean no swirls! From front to back: Twilight (Candle Source), Forest Muse (Scent Works), South Pacific Waters (WSP), Lavender Sage (Moonworks)
  18. 9 points
    @KrazeKelly@kandlekrazy@Candybee You asked for it... This is what the "cut" ended up being. Slainte, Sponiebr: "Don't blame me, I'm just the pot stirrer."
  19. 9 points
    Thought I would share pictures of the canning jars completed and delivered to my Apple orchard account for Valentine's Day. I went with the 2 different labels as everyone saw on a previous thread. I did these 32 oz canning jars and 8oz tins for a Christmas collection and they were well received and sold very fast, so I did a collection for Valentines Day. They loved them so I was very happy with that. This is a 32oz canning jar of which I put the label on the 2 piece lid that comes with the jars as I can buy them in the grocery stores of Dollar store and not have any shipping and prices are cheap for a set of 12. I would have liked to have gone with a nice old timey lid on the canning jar but it is a wide mouth and I can't find so I did them this way. The lid and rings are silver which the label has silver in it. So......wax is 464 - I use 1 cd20 wick and they all have my little embed sitting on top of the wax. I found in the Dollar store these little red glitter things of which I modge podged to the glass so each jar is a little different. The tin is a 8oz from Flaming... I wholesale the 32oz canning jars for 20.00 each and they retail for 29.00 I wholesale the 8oz tin for 6.00 and they retail for 10.99 Close up of tin: This is the lid that goes on the canning jar. I really bothers me that when applying the label because there is a little flair up dip on the edge the label has just a couple little creases but I smoothed the best I could and really you don't even notice it when you look at the jar. And no one has ever said anything about it. So it is what it is..... I did a custom blend of vanilla bean noel, lovely lilace from CC and Gardenia and couldn't think of a floral name so came up with "Floral Petals" and then did a catchy saying underneath the name of "From me to you".....lol Another tin. I love Peach Nectar from CS and just renamed it to "Sweet Georgia Peach" On this canning jar I went with just 1 red emblem which I modge podged on. When I attached the ribbons on the necks of the jars I know how people when they pickup the jars the ribbons get abused and at times get the bows pulled out and they look real crappy looking. When I had my shop I could fix the jars immediately and keep my eyes on them, but being I sell to shops and am not working there I really have no control over how the candles are abused. So after I tied the bow, I put little dabs of super glue behind the backs of bows and pushed them into the ribbon band so now, no one can rip apart my bows! lol All the embeds are different. What ever I grab first....lol Breakfast time.....lol Now here is a picture of a possum who comes to eat with the cats. I have walked out to feed the cats and not only are all of them sitting and running around to be fed, but there is also a possum who waits. One day I was looking and counting heads of who was eating and mixed in amongst this bunch is a possum right in there sides touching sides as they all eat together...Then one day a couple of weeks ago I'm standing on the porch looking at the cats laying in their beds and wow and behold but what do I see?A possum sleeping in one of the cat beds......so I snapped a picture and poor thing...I woke him up.....I thought I had seen it all till I saw the possum sleeping.... Here is Bart again (the orange one). He has 1 sister and 1 brother. This is his sister Maggie who fetches. I'll put up a video...you will crack up when you see this cat Maggie fetching. And this is Barts brother, "Coal". Thanks for looking..... Trappeur
  20. 9 points
    Had a little macabre fun with clay tonight. (The handle photographed strangely, but I still might adjust it.) can't and a new generation of pendants taking shape. And some Navy Mom ornaments Can't wait to see how it all fires.
  21. 9 points
    YAY - I was approached at my last craft fair by a lady who is interested in my candles and soaps wholesale for her shop. I haven't gotten details as to whether these would be private label, or if I'd have my name/logo/label yet, but it's sort of exciting. I've only done wholesale once, and it was rather successful for me for about 3 years, then the shop closed and I went on hiatus, so I'm hoping this one is as successful but the shop doesn't close.
  22. 9 points
    For this months SOTM, I decided to do my version of a swirled Melt and Pour, mainly just to show that you CAN swirl it....though it's not as easy as swirling CP soap. It's simple enough to do and quite fun waiting to see how it will look Supplies needed: Clear Melt and Pour White Melt and Pour Colorants Fragrance....I used 1 oz. Rubbing alcohol spray bottle Mold Scale Saran Wrap Measuring Cups Spoons Bamboo skewer or similiar You will want to cut up your soap and put into measuring cups to go into the microwave. You should also use saran wrap to cover your soap chunks while it's microwaving. I used about 2 lbs of soap here, to fill my tall skinny mold. Feel free to add additives to your base if you want, there is a great thread here somewhere on what additives you can add to M & P I didn't...I like these bases as they are. I wanted a Holiday theme soap....so I chose green and red colorants. I chose Mulberry Fragrance Oil. Melt your soap chunks in your microwave. I did 1 minute...then 30 second bursts until my soap was melted. Add your colorants to your different soap cups. I used about 10 drops of colorant to achieve these colors....your mileage may vary. You will want the white to be white, so no need to color this one. You can, I just didn't because I think it shows the swirl better. Add your fragrance Pour your first layer when the soap is at about 150. Spritz with Alcohol. It's going to get thick quick, so pour your white and immediately start moving it around with your skewer or chopstick. Don't over swirl too much or it will become muddied. Spritz with alcohol. Allow to set up so a skin forms....then spritz with alcohol again and s l o w l y pour your red layer, I poured over a spoon. Do the same as you did with the green layer...immediately pour your white and work it around with your skewer Move your skewer around until the top looks like you want it. Spritz with alcohol. You can glitter the top at this point if you like I waited overnight and unmolded in the morning before work. Looks promising! The first cuts! The end result! So fun....and relatively easy to do. And you can use immediately. To prevent sweating, you should wrap each bar in saran wrap, or shrink wrap...up to you. My base is low sweat...so I have not wrapped it yet, but I will at some point.
  23. 9 points
    Did my last Craftfair of the year today and it was a great day!! I sold out of a bunch of soaps and bath Truffles. Had a fun time and now it's time to focus on making more soap again for spring. I also may have gotten a wholesale account from a lady who has a shop that focuses mainly on bathbombs and things like that. She bought 36 bars to put in her shop. Woohoo!!
  24. 8 points
    I hope she had a bra on? Trappeur
  25. 8 points
    Excellent. I want them to mend their family, live happily ever after, and get back to providing us with great candle stuff.
  26. 8 points
    Just made these today. The green & brown is coconut lemongrass. The pink & red is pink grapefruit. Will pop them out of the mold tomorrow because I need the molds to make more! In the mold pics:
  27. 8 points
    Well I got some masons painted and distressed them....LOVE them tonight I lit some tea lights in them and I am so delighted I'm doing a gallon Mason, half a gallon and some other huge tall one tonight to put on my new shelf with my brick wall ?
  28. 8 points
    Turned out nice, even though the scent made my perfect Christmas Red color turn pink, and then give yellow spots throughout the tops of some of the soaps. (That damn Golden Embargo does that EVERY TIME, and I only use .5oz per lb too because it's so strong, I don't need more than that and it sticks like crazy!) Anyway, I love it. Now I have a "His" and "Hers" type set of bars. (Because I make this same design using activated charcoal and black oxide for a black tux look)
  29. 8 points
    I think the attraction to soy is all the hype soy candle makers made about it being "safer" to burn, allegations of poisons and toxins in paraffin being a fuel byproduct... That is what I always hear about anyways when people remark how glad they are I have soy candles....I set them straight on it because if you research it it's all BS- a huge marketing gimmick to sell soy I started with soy and that's what I mainly make, it fits my area of what people want and it's really all I know- I have been playing with parasoy for a couple years and planned to introduce a line with colors and a different type jar because my soy are not colored but I can't seem to get it together keeping up with the soy and messing with wicking all the scents I want to offer advantages to soy IMO are you do not see the soot unless you wick it really bad and it does burn cooler, other than that there are many disadvantages as the parasoy takes color beautifully, it does not frost and it's so much easier to get a strong throw along with the creamy look plus you can pour hotter ?
  30. 8 points
    These are my fizzies I made this weekend and the cut soap too. Purple fizzy - scented in Cool Water type for men - going to name it Purple Rain as I am still not over Prince's death. Pink Fizzy - Watermelon scented - it's yummy. Green Fizzy - Apple/Pear scented - smells SOOO GOOD!! I wish the green and the purple one's would show the true colors. The soap is scented Bite Me mixed with Lemon Colada - smells just like a Cherry Coke with Lemon and a hint of vanilla. It's AMAZING. And the colors are exactly the way I wanted it. I had a good weekend.
  31. 8 points
    Waiting patiently for the kiln to cool to see what surprises are in store. Every kiln opening day is like Christmas! started making bisque fired pendants a couple of years ago because I just love the look and earthy feel so much. I work with white stoneware ceramic clay, which stays porous when bisque fired. a little spritz of perfume or a few drops of fragrance/essential oil gets absorbed by the pendant and slowly diffuses out. The one I made for myself in spring still smells wonderfully of sweet Amber. The cord on this is a simple suede tied in slide knots to allow for adjusting short as a choker to long as a pendant. Got an order for 100 custom logo pendants from Etched Magazine as holiday client gifts. I figured why not make some tree ornaments, car fresheners, and retail package gifts too? The kiln has a LOT of space to fill Here's what I am waiting on: bottom layer-underglaze colored tree ornaments. Will probably just string on pretty ribbon to hand from tree branches, Middle layer- some of the logo pendants. Made extra just in case. Top layer, more iron oxide stained tree ornaments and package gifts. there's a lot of wasted space in the kiln as these could have been stacked in piles to fire, but I have not made enough other work to fill the space this week.... i have enough time time to make another load or two before Christmas. Hoping I make time to do them since T and I would love to decorate our tree with totally handmade ornaments this year intermingled with the nostalgic pieces collected over the year.
  32. 8 points
    After nearly 25 years in this business I think you are making this way more expensive and far more complicated than it needs to be. I worked from 2000-2016 for Bitter Creek, doing their tech support. I worked with very small vendors, just starting out to very large companies that have a very large internet/store presence. I can tell you that if you plan to make a lot of candles, the best long term solution is to buy a commercial wax melter. I strongly recommend water jacketed as they can be left on. It sounds like you are pretty new, and for that reason the best and probably cheapest way to melt was is simply using a Presto Kitchen Kettle from one of the major stores like Walmart. They cost in the range of $30 and will melt 7-8 lbs of wax in about 15 minutes. The idea of an induction top or this really aren't feasible for the long term and probably cost a lot more. Just my quarter as someone who has been in this business for a really long time.
  33. 8 points
    Another difference is the handling... and certification.... cosmetic ingredients must be handled specifically to prevent injury to the consumer who spreads it upon their skin sometimes on and around very vulnerable areas such as eyes and mouth. Are those paint chemicals being measured in an area where other potentially harmful substances were opened, stored, measured and packaged? Were the tools, surfaces, packaging, etc properly sanitized before opening to ensure no cross contamination with other incidental contaminants. What other trace elements have been introduced since original manufacture unknowingly? Extreme example, but what is a carton of rat poison were on the table prior to measuring the oxide? Or a different paint chemical with toxic elements were measured just before? Was the person measuring practicing GMP wearing gloves, a hair net, mask, etc.? i use several oxides in pottery glazes. They must be handled very, very carefully to prevent accidental poisoning to myself in the dry form... the glaze raw materials of the same oxides used in my soap cost much less than the cosmetic versions, but I would never in a million lifetimes use those colorants as ingredients in my cosmetics! The storage and handling is atrocious! If anything should possibly happen in the life of my soap/skin care product to injure someone, I can point to my raw material sources and certifications and more than likely prevent an expensive fine or worse. This is a similar debate to using recycled materials or non traditional materials for Chandlery. Given the tiny tiny amounts of oxides used in our products, the cost to obtain certified materials, to me, is negligible. A 4oz bag of green chrome oxide has lasted me nearly 7 years. Ditto for several shades of red and yellow. Using too much in soap makes the soap bleed and stain. Further various groups like the environmental working group have tagged chrome oxides as fairly hazardous, so many informed consumers won't touch soap made with them. Hydrated chrome green is considered more toxic and hazardous than regular green chrome oxide. I now pretty much use cosmetic micas in soap and everyone is happy.
  34. 7 points
    I like this news about them reopening but am a bit angry he did it this way. I know he has personal stuff going on but I know myself and probably thousands others have spent unnecessary money in testing oils to get ready for the upcoming busy holiday season. This makes me leary on how long he will stay open, hopefully it goes well and he will be open again for a very long time but I know I will be stockpiling the much needed fragrances while I can. Karen in MA
  35. 7 points
    I don't need care how many years someone regurgitated information, you can't tell what *your* wax will do when too many variables are added to the equation. If i base my wax/wick needs on a test with my grapefruit FO, I would conclude I need a wick that is two sizes too small. If I base my wax/wick conclusions on my Amber, I would be overwicked by 5 sizes. Tell me, how am I to know how my wax performs when either of those tests is concluded? Once I figured out my wax, testing fragrances moved along at warp speed. It is completely asinine to assume all fragrances behave the same and not know what your base product is. Totally insane and it creates a longer time and more expensive testing period. I hear so much ridiculous information every single day coming from suppliers that I have learned to ignore it. If I wicked as candlescience or brambleberry advise I would have burned my house down by now. I think suppliers love telling us to test their way for one simple reason: it sells more wax, wicks and fragrance as newbs try to put pieces of a puzzle together. Period. Cash flow keeps them in business.
  36. 7 points
    My favorite smelling candles are all the ones I make myself and don't buy from other retailers ?
  37. 7 points
    These are a few of the pink candles I've recently done ... mostly in Strawberry-Cream (combo of strawberry and creme brulee) and Peppermint-Vanilla. Used GW464 and advice found here regarding pouring at about 150dF.
  38. 7 points
    These are some fresh made facial soaps I make with fresh avocado puree, avocado & grapeseed oils. This FO, Juniper Aloe (RBB) stays fluid for a while then suddenly accelerates on me. So I have to work fast. But its worth it because they smell awesome! In the mold: Fresh cut pics:
  39. 7 points
    Made a couple more batches today. Blue/green is an ocean/water/lavender blend. Don't have a name for it yet. It came out pretty nice. The second one is a total swirl/color fail. Its one fugly soap but it sure smells beautiful. I used black canyon and colors are black/copper/lavender/cobalt.
  40. 7 points
    For this months soap of the month I had to abandon my original idea of trying to pipe soap. I don't think I am the person for that tutorial anyway, as I myself, have not piped soap yet. It has been on my bucket list, and I have the piping kit, I did a test run and I need way more practice. So with that said, I decided just to try a technique. I chose the Clyde Slide, from soap creator Clyde Yoshida of Vibrant Soaps. I always check out the Great Cakes Soap Challenge Club, though I myself have not felt confident enough to join in yet. That too is on my bucket list. This is my first Clyde slide....so if I can do it, anyone can. I decided to use a high lard recipe. 1 because I like lard soaps, and 2 because I was hoping the high lard would slow down my trace. I am using Tassi Lavender from Soapalooza for this soap. Here is my recipe: 2 lb batch, I left the default values in soap calc for lye concentration and superfat, which is 5% Lard 50% Olive Oil 25% Coconut Oil 20% Castor Oil 5% I used Beer as my liquid....just what I had laying around, Miller Lite....this was left out for several days to go flat...but you can boil the night before if you want to. Beer 344.73 Grams Lye 127.14 Grams I mixed my lye into my beer....it will turn brownish....this is normal. I think it also stinks, but it goes away quickly. While that is cooling down in my ice water bath....I melt my oils. While the oils are cooling down, I get my colors ready, weigh out my fragrance and all that jazz. For these colors I am using: Mad Oils Grape Nehi, Twilight, and my black oxide. I will also use TD. I did not get a picture of my colors mixed. So sorry. Things started to move on me. I thought this was a thin trace, in fact, I got too happy with the stick blender because I almost thought I had false trace. I got the colors mixed, but they started to get thicker than I wanted for this technique. So I got a fresh clean bowl, and started pouring the colors down the side of the bowl, alternating colors as I went until I used them all....saving a bit for the top. As you can see, things got thick LOL. It looked SO COOL going into the mold...I wished I had been able to get a pic of it....but I just couldn't. Here is a pic of me trying to get a pouring pic.....I had to stop because I needed both hands at this point. I got it in the mold and plopped the rest of my batter on top Out came the bamboo skewer I was not sure what to expect when I unmolded the next day. I was hoping it was going to be good, but because it got so thick, I didn't have high hopes at all. Imagine my surprise when I took it out. The sides: SO COOOOOOL The Bottom: LOVE LOVE LOVE how this looks I decided to cut this log in 2 ways....regular cut bars....and then a few I cut length wise....to see if the pattern is different. It is. I'm SO happy with how this turned out. And it smells SO good. This was my first time trying the Tassi Lavender and I love the scent. The bar on the left is cut the traditional way....the one on the right was cut length wise. I hope those of you who haven't tried this will give it a go. Sure is fun! I just unmolded this yesterday, so unfortunately I don't have a bubblage picture for you. I can't wait for this to be ready to use.
  41. 7 points
    I forced myself to stay out of the yard today. Ha!! I had to get soaps made for the end of next month. All Peak fragrances. Love Spell, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Pink Sugar and Sweet Pea. 10 lbs of each ? I didn't take a pic of BRV. I did water flowers though ? I think my back hurts worse after making soap than it does when I work in the yard?
  42. 7 points
    One word: respirator. Buy one, wear it when you work with fragrance oils. There are several that actually give me a stomach ache and diarhea, headaches, etc. If you don't have a respirator don't lean over your pot when you are stirring in your fragrance. Its a bad habit a lot of candlmakers have and over the years can lead to respiratory illness. Ask me how I know. FOs are very potent and should not be inhaled or ingested. A respirator will fix the problem and keep your lungs clean.
  43. 7 points
    Well, - at least it smells good... LOL
  44. 7 points
    Several batches made today. I've been making 10lb batches and splitting them lately. So today I made 10lbs of Tuca Tuca which is a *ush dupe from Nuture Soap. It moves pretty quick. I didn't scent the color portion because it's supposed to discolor dark so I colored the scented part black. Smells really good. Then I did a 10lb rebatch of 50 Shades remake. Then I split a batch and made 1 Plumeria and 1 Pineapple Mango. There is oil on top of the Pineapple Mango ? Most likely put it in the crockpot tomorrow, bummer. Then 10lbs of Lilac. One log mold and 1 slab with piping. Hope it sticks!! It's a wonderful lilac. Pooped now. Gonna sit on my butt for a while. ?
  45. 7 points
    Well, 2016 certainly was a challenging year, so I decided to start 2017 right with getting back to being creative! Lost my Papa (my grandpa) early last year. We knew it was coming, but it was still heartbreaking when it did. My sister and brother-in-law suffered a miscarriage after years of fertility treatments. Then to finish the year, my husband was in a car accident, so we've been dealing with his injuries, lawyers, and insurance companies for the last five months. So, while I've popped in here from time to time to lurk, my heart just hasn't been in the creative spirit and my candles and soap were put on hold. Thankfully, times to mourn pass and times to laugh come back. My hubby is on the mend, and my sister announced that they are pregnant again and have made it to the second trimester. So I figured it's time to get my butt back into gear and made some soap to celebrate at her baby shower in a couple of months. She's having a boy, and the colors of the shower are blue and white. The white base with the blue swirls is a mix of mango, papaya, and grapefruit mangosteen, which riced on me a bit and then accelerated, so didn't have much time to play. The blue base with white swirls is blackberry sage. So glad to be back among the creative and inspirational people here!
  46. 7 points
    Since there'd been a few questions about the apricot wax, I poured a couple of candles to share with the group. Attached is the Accu-Blend apricot. No adders. 1 oz Coconut Cream Pie FO ppd of wax. It was stirred significantly longer than usual because it's a heavier vanilla based fragrance, and I'm aware that FO is "challenging" (pain in the...) to fully incorporate. It was poured on 01/21/17, so I was ready for a burn test. Last weekend, there was no FO pooling on the candle surface. This weekend, I have puddles. I'm uncertain how well it conveys via picture, but the shiny oily looking surface is FO. I was hopeful last weekend that the extended stir time had alleviated the pooling. FWIW, it's not my methodology...or if it is, others have the same fatal flaw. I had been considering this wax awhile. I purchased an apricot candle from another chandler--I was fairly certain it was this wax, and she later confirmed my assumption was correct. Her candle arrived at my house...with pooling. Temps were warm at the time, so I gave it a pass, blotted off the excess, and burned it. I ended up with a robust tiki torch. If you plan to use this wax, please, please, please test extensively. I can't emphasize this enough. The supplier recommends 8% max fragrance load. I used less than that. The other chandler used less than that. We both had pooling. This isn't a wax you can just melt, add FO, and sell. If you plan to use this wax, you'll need to create a custom blend of your own using it. I hesitated posting this because Accu-Blend is a great company. They have good products. Their customer service and sales group is great. I just don't want to see someone rush the testing and sell product without realizing that added tweaks will be needed to make this wax work.
  47. 7 points
    Palm wax fell victim to the well-funded and powerful soy wax marketing & lobby.
  48. 7 points
    I do a scent combo of CS lavender and baby powder each year that sells fairly well. Normally I call it Lullaby Lavender. However, this past week on a whim I redid the labels calling it "Baby's First Christmas" and today at my Christmas market it became a big seller. Several people wanted them just because of the new name. Just goes to show how changing a name of a scent can really boost sales!
  49. 7 points
    Scented in Spearmint and Patchouli
  50. 7 points
    I am a stickler about liability and safety, and I don't know that I could win a liability lawsuit in the event a candle I sold someone in a pre-used container failed and caused some kind of catastrophe. So I don't use them, and I would not advise anyone else to do so. I've done a lot of canning. In addition to candles, we also make and bottle our own BBQ sauce to sell. I am just as diligent about safe canning practices as I am about safe candle making practices. Regardless, I have had brand new out of the box jars fail (crack). Based on what I have read, a whole lot of people do not follow safe candle burning practices. In addition, I see an alarming amount of new (and some seasoned) candle makers that seriously over-wick their candles. Apparently it's all about the quick HT and deep melt pool nowadays. That is yet another reason I would never advise using recycled containers. In the wrong hands, the risk is amplified. All that said, I reuse my testing jars over and over and over. But I know what I'm doing and what the risks are. I am not willing to pass that risk onto a customer.
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