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  1. Clear Black

    FedX Video

    As a truck driver who drives that exact same setup of a truck ( just not for FedEx) It is quite feasable that the box is empty and was either placed there at his previous location or ended up there by accident. Most truck drivers do not even get out of their cabs during off loads and will just jump in the seat and start driving once delivery is complete. On a long nosed Freightliner like that, the front end of that truck is a complete blind spot for us. So the driver literally cannot see that box there. Nor could he feel it. We haul 100,000lb loads up hill and our trucks are very powerful. That box in the front there has the same effect a fly would have on the driver. So he most likely could not even tell he was pushing something. Most people dont realize the true nature and danger of these trucks and all the blind spots we have. With that said, he should have done a proper pre trip before heading down the road. If he had done so he would have seen that box stuck to his front grill! 😂😂
  2. HAHA!! It hurts my brain to Trap!
  3. You may not be having great luck with your HT because of using 12% FO load. I learned this here years ago when I first started that more does not equal better. You wick may not be able to handle that much FO load and act as if it were drowning. Best bet is to ask TT and she can science the f*** out of that situation for you regarding FO load and no HT. There are many factors besides FO load like container, wick size, cure time, pour temps etc etc.
  4. Just because it can hold 12% does not make it a great idea to use 12%. Speaking from experience I thought that at the beginning more FO=better candle. Not only is that not true AT ALL, but if you plan on selling these down the road at fairs or markets, using 12% FO load will ruin any profit you may get. It wont ruin all of it, but its just not needed. Most people here use around 6% FO +/- 1%. Fragrance oil is the single most expensive cost in making a candle. At 12%, you are now using 2x the amount actually needed to make a great candle. If you stay around the 6% target, you not only make a great burning candle but you save money and that will mean more in your pocket. Also, I use 444 so if you want this information and much more as Trap or TT. I know they both use 464 and can explain more on your wax. But the above statement holds true for most waxes anyways. Unless of course you want to market your candles as holding as much fragrance as humanly possible then by all means go ahead. Best of luck. -Cheers
  5. Clear Black

    This container has me stumped

    If I dont trim perfectly the mp gets about 1/2” deep rather than what you see in the photo. The side effect being that the untrimmed wick will begin to soot. Ive learned after this to be ok with the mp as long as its throwing the way it should
  6. Clear Black

    This container has me stumped

    Hey Trap. The jar is basically a 16 oz mason type with a slight shoulder. So standard wide-mouth opening for that type container. What I meant by "full full MP" is that even though the wick is centered DEAD ON im still getting a deeper MP on one side vs the other. One side of the jar has about 1/4" deep MP and the opposite only an 1/8" deep MP. There is maybe only about an inch of wax to be burned and I will be at the wick clip, so I was figuring the MP would be noticeably deeper at this stage of the container. Scent throw is about where it should be, but I would like a bit more of course, which is why I was questioning if it was getting a full enough pool to really throw the scent up. I think I will stick to my CD-20 for now since after reading comments here I feel most are correct in assuming the CD-22 would be too hot and too much.
  7. Clear Black

    This container has me stumped

    Yes the MP is much bigger but I am pretty dang dilligent on trimming the wick. I usually test in phases where I wont trim the wick like most customers unfortunately and then another phase where I trim it like it should be. Its always a bigger MP when not trimmed but also gets hotter naturally.
  8. Im currently using a CD-20. I feel as if I need to go to a 22 because I am down near the bottom of the container and still struggling to get a decent FMP going. You cant really tell from this angle, but if you look close enough on the opposite side near the label, there is still the wax hanging up on that side. The wick is perfectly centered, so thats not my issue. Its just not getting to a FULL FULL melt pool this far down. This picture is of the 2 hour mark after being lit. So after 2 hours, this far down in the container, I should have a bigger melt pool I would think. Problem is, even with the current wick my temp readings are at 150* near the neck of the jar. I feel going up a wick size would only add to the heat reading. Thoughts?
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    Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's

    That is still a significant increase in prices even if we do jot see it change the actual cost of the products. How soon after they remove the cart discounts will they raise the actual product prices is what I am curious about. Hmm
  10. Clear Black

    Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's

    So far they seem like an overall solid supplier other than not offering 1 oz sample FO's. I dont think I will be able to get the 2 oz bottle at $7+ just for testing. Not in my current budget anyways
  11. Clear Black

    Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's

    I just did the same thing and for BRV WSP vs Candle Science it was a $6 difference as well. Which makes it WAY more easy to swallow and maybe better knowing that they may perform better than the cheaper retailers. Lets hope I can locate some CC brand 1 oz samplers now
  12. Clear Black

    Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's

    Good point on the shipping. Had not thought of that factor. Next problem I am having is how to start testing fragrances when they do not offer 1 oz sample bottles. Is there another supplier that carries CC brand FO's in the 1 oz samplers? As always thanks TT
  13. Do any of you know what makes Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's so much more expensive than other brands that suppliers offer? Take Black Raspberry Vanilla for example. Candle Science offers their version in a 16oz bottle for $19.97. Wholesale Supplies Plus sells Crafter's Choice™ brand in a 16oz bottle for $35.95. I guess I am confused as to why there version is nearly 2x the cost. Is it a concentrated FO or are they just re-sellers marking their end up and selling to people like me? Take Monkey Farts FO again as an example. The Flaming Candle sells a 16oz bottle for $18.99. WSP sells the Crafter's Choice™ brand of Monkey Farts FO in a 16oz bottle for $36.95. Again, nearly 2x the cost. I ask this because there are some Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's that I really like and cannot find elsewhere but I cant get myself to pay nearly 2x the cost of normal FO prices.
  14. Clear Black

    Need your criticism please

    Thanks all so far!! Very good suggestions and I am playing with the idea now of just keeping the font black and just changing up the flame color. Good input, appreciate it!!
  15. Clear Black

    Striking out at the local market

    Also coming in late on the barcode issue. I use all mine from https://www.barcodesmania.com/ The prices are good and it was instantly available to me. I cannot confirm yet, but they also are registered with G1 to work instantly on Amazon. I was referred to them by a friend who had been using them for years with no issues.