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  1. strugglebrother

    WSP 10 lb drums

    The $500 get $100 I seem to have missed. Must have been a deal. I can find it in google searches but it's not on their website anymore. Anyway, I just bought a 25lb drum the other week and there is free shipping on those? So it should be fine to order in bigger than 10lb to get free shipping!
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    Primo Wax Melter

    I'm debating about the 150 Primo or a Coogar Melter. Have anyone had any experience of the Coogars? They have been around for years. The cheaper model seems a bit too fragile without the stainless steel sides... CS Melter https://coogarproducts.com/melters/cs-melter/ Price $1150 CS Melter Semi Elite https://coogarproducts.com/melters/cs-semi-elite/ Price $1445 VS Primo 150 http://www.waxmelters.com/PRIMO150-Eco-Melting-Tank-p/primo-150-wax-melter.htm Price $1695 Somehow I have a feeling the Primo is slightly better as the design is newer and also easier to clean as it's round on the inside. But hey, there is also tried and tested. Anyone have any of these melters and use/used them?
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    Primo Wax Melter

    Have anyone tried out the Primo Wax Melters from Waxmelters? http://www.waxmelters.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=primo&Search.x=12&Search.y=10 We are finally expanding and I have my eyes on the 150lb melter! It looks easy to clean between scents as I look to blend straight in the melter. They as advertised as faster than the water melter and have a digital temperature control. I'm pretty sure PF Candle Co have one or two in their facility and you can upgrade it with a hose if you expand later
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    Wick Suggestions for IGI 4627 Blend

    In that container I use a HTP 105 wick if only soy wax but the more of paraffin you use in the blend you might have to go down in sizes. What ratio in the blend do you use and how much fragrance?
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    Wick Suggestions for IGI 4627 Blend

    Yeah true that, the more soy you use in the blend the bigger wick you need... 105 is definitely good to have on hand too!
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    Wick Suggestions for IGI 4627 Blend

    Try the HTP wicks... Possibly 83, 93 & 104 They might mushroom a bit if you can live with that (I can) but shouldn't soot. HTP is the recommended wick from IGI for 4627.
  7. Hi everyone, I have been following @pughaus very detailed and helpful wick testing results in this wax. Have anyone any feedback on how hot throw/cold throw is with this wax. Better than Accu-Blend Coconut 83? Comparable to the amazing hot throw of IGI 4627? Also, does anyone know the ratio of paraffin in this wax?
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    Dying IGI 4627

    Hi, As IGI 4627 wax has a very grey'ish color and almost looks like vaseline. A quite unappealing color in my opinion. Have you tired and alter the color to more white (without blending it with soy)? Have anyone tried these dye flakes https://www.candlemakingsupplies.net/dyes/cate_31/p___P0837642.html "These flakes will not clog your wick and do burn off more easily. Our new white dye flakes make whiter wax and won't clog your wick like some inferior white dyes." Or does anyone recommend anything, in particular, to make the 4627 look more appealing?
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    Dying IGI 4627

    http://www.candlewic.com/store/product.aspx?q=c73,p815&title=White----Highly-Concentrated-Liquid-Dye- They don't seem to have it in stock anymore.. I will email and ask!
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    Dying IGI 4627

    Problem is that I haven't found any liquid white dye. Have you seen any? I also prefer to use liquid dyes even though some of them have an awful off smell, Candlescience liquid dyes smell the worst. General Wax liquid dyes don't smell as bad as Candlescience does.
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    Dying IGI 4627

    I can report back on the white dye flakes... It did whiten the 4627 and took away about 50% of the yellow-ish color which the wax picked up from the fragrance oil. The dye flakes definitely clogged up the wick - even though they are promoted not to do so. The flame died pretty quick, will test to wick up 1 and 2 sizes and come back with the results.
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    Candle Dye

    Looks like they have taken the white liquid dye away http://www.candlewic.com/store/product.aspx?q=c73,p815&title=White----Highly-Concentrated-Liquid-Dye- Anyone else who has shopped white liquid dye for candles anywhere? I can't find any?
  13. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a scale that can hold a lot of weight but are also very precise. I'm using this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SVQHWY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 For heavier things, like pouring fragrance oils in bigger beakers to use for candle making. It's really good as it goes as precise as 0.1g. The bowl is also great for spills to put things on. And then I'm using this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004C3G73U/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 For super detailed stuff, compiling tester room sprays in small amounts and perfume. It goes as precise as 0.005g So when I compile room sprays in bigger beakers the first scale isn't precise enough and the second one won't hold enough weight. Is there any reasonable scales out there that can hold more weight and be as precise as 0.005g that you use or would recommend?
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    Scale that takes a lot but are very precise

    Yes, including that you have to have the most patience ever making candles... Super cool that you work @ NASA!!!!
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    Scale that takes a lot but are very precise

    I realized how bad my scale was too when I did color samples of candles. Just one candle each. When you try to color dye 2-4 ounces of wax the scales are so incorrect by 0.5g that when you do a bigger candle later the coloring is completely off. I always weigh all my dyes on the precise scale now, otherwise, it isn't accurate at all and final candles turn out too dark or too light. Thanks for posting the link... I might be having to get something more expensive. Just looking at the reviews on that one I can see "For the "price it's an ok scale. It's not super accurate below 0.1 tho." among the reviews. I guess it's fine for weighing nutrients. You might just get what you pay for
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    Scale that takes a lot but are very precise

    I won't need it for the candles, nothing needs to be that precise for that. I add fixatives and such in percentages of 0.5% or 0.1% of the compound so if I want to do compounds for 30 room sprays I'm down to 0.003oz of a certain fixative. A little overspill doesn't do much difference but 0.1g precision isn't enough. Ideally, I would be using a mason jar, add fragrance and fixatives and be able to do it and then spin that bottle with a magnetic stirrer as is. Now I have to do it in a smaller glass breaker and then transfer to a bigger mason jar for spinning. I lose a few grams like that but at least the compound sits together then, so it's a few grams overall. Or I have to do a much bigger compound than I need to do which is unnecessary... It might just be lab scales like this (can take 500 grams) that would accomplish this, breaks my current budget tho... https://www.amazon.com/Count-Resolution-Digital-Counting-Button/dp/B006X6XCSM/ref=sr_1_5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1531408295&sr=1-5&keywords=scale+0.005g But I thought there might be other options out there
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    A Little help getting to know you.

    What's your name? Let's just call me Strugglebrother How old are you? I'm 42 Where do you live? I'm Swedish. Moved to London, UK and then ended up in Los Angeles (last 5 years) after meeting my lovely girlfriend here. How long have you been making candles/soap/whatever? About 3 years now How did you get started making candles/soap/whatever? My girlfriend is a part-time perfumer and we wanted to start a business together so the interest grew thanks to her. She does the blending and I do most of the production. Are you married? Any kids? Not married (yet)... No kids. If candle/Soap making isn't your primary job, what do you do? I'm a music and radio producer so I tend to spend a lot of time in front of a computer and I work remotely these days thanks to the internet. I really wanted to work more with my hands instead of sitting in front of the screen all day hence why we started the business. I've always been interested in design and all the aspects around branding and such. Anything else we should know? I used to be a touring DJ for 10 years but hung the headphones on the wall. I still go out to clubs sometimes but more on special occasions. I love animals and to take trips to Joshua Tree for the relaxing silence out there in the desert.
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