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  1. runner14jc


    Just be sure that you test the accuracy of the IR one before you rely completely on it. Many of them need to be calibrated or at the very least know how far off it is from accurate so that you can compensate for it. Otherwise, they work great!
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    Sink holes.

    @Courtney Try adjusting your pouring temperature. I usually need to pour a bit warmer in glass than I do in tins with the 464 wax.
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    Candle surface caught fire

    Using too much fragrance or with gel wax, possibly too low of a flashpoint fragrance could cause the surface to catch on fire. Since it was fine with the second burn, I am thinking too much fragrance that pooled on the top surface causing the fire.
  4. runner14jc

    Will this be a problem?

    No, I've used the smaller wick stickers in the past in a pinch and never had any trouble with them. You shouldn't see anything different than if you used the larger ones!
  5. runner14jc

    Flashing and smoking flame.

    @Cookedup Candles Is this a new fragrance that you are using? Every fragrance burns differently and some fragrances need a smaller or bigger wick than other fragrances. I would test wicking down and see if that helps control things. Also, are you measuring your fragrance on a scale by weight?
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    Mason jar cracked?

    Pouring temperature is going to vary for every single one of is. It really depends on your environment as to what will work best. As long as you are getting a smooth surface, I wouldn't change anything.
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    An idea I'm thinking about.

    I use them for wax melt sample sizes and they work fabulously. Customers appreciate having a way to sample a scent without committing to clamshells. This offers them a way to try several scents and see what they like!
  8. runner14jc

    Curing Parasoy Wax

    Minimum of one week but the fragrance absolutely develops the longer the candles cure so 2+ weeks can be helpful!
  9. runner14jc

    white candles and fo

    @Vee I've never tried any of them, but there are candle whitening powders available on the market. I think Lonestar may have one. It could be worth a try?
  10. runner14jc

    Color bleeding in M & P soap...Help!

    Micas will work great! The key will be to dilute with rubbing alcohol before adding to your base. As long as you do that you shouldn't see any trouble with clumping or color dispersement.
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    white candles and fo

    Vanillin is definitely the biggest culprit. There are other fragrance ingredients that can cause discoloration too though. Cinnamon and some citruses for example.
  12. I second the use of wick stickers. Hot glue usually does not hold for the duration of the candle burn. The closer to the bottom you get, it tends to come loose and cause the wick to fall over. Wick stickers will be more secure.
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    Trimming curling wicks

    I trim if they are curling. I found that if I don't there are times where the curl falls into the wax on the next burn. 1/4" every time for me.
  14. You may also want to give them a little longer to cure. I haven't used that specific wax but there are some waxes and some fragrances that need a longer time to cure in order to get a good hot throw. Sometimes coming back a week or two later and testing again can make a world of difference.
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    Coloring Candles

    I use soy wax and never use color unless it has been requested by a customer. I also make melts but those I do color usually.