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  1. First run with 6006

    I’m using a 60-44-18 in a 4 inch tureen with 6006, but I just bought some CD wicks to try. I have poured around 100 candles with 6006 and never had a wet spot. I just pour them and let them cool on the granite counter top, so they cool relatively quickly. I don’t know why I don’t get them. I’ve used 6006 from 3 different suppliers, so I don’t see that as a factor. I usually pour at close to 170, but sometimes I pour at much less. Are you stirring your wax for 2 minutes when you add the oil?
  2. This sounds more my speed. My wife of 34 years just finished her master’s degree so I have lots of 3 ring binders and office supplies. The pictures I see here help me a lot, and I could fill out the test sheets, scan them and add pictures. I could also scan the notes I have now and add them. I just got some new wicks so I better get started on a candle test logsheet.
  3. I have Excel on my computer and as I am a engineer at NASA you would think that would be my first choice, but I take a lot of notes while I'm making candles and I want to keep everything together. Also I'm doing this as a hobby, and a way to spread some joy to friends and family and using Excel sounds too much like work:)
  4. After multiple episodes of doing things over because I couldn’t remember the outcome of the first time I got a notebook and started writing everything down. That worked well for a short time, but now I find that my lack of organization makes it difficult to find the information I need. I have only been doing this for a short time and I imagine that in a couple of years I’m going to remember I tested zinc core wicks in 8oz tins with 4630 and want to know the results. I would love to know how you organize all the information from your testing.
  5. I have been using 6006 exclusively, but I accidentally acquired a block of 4630 and I also have some 464 that I am not using. I would hate to waste good wax. If I make a 70/30 blend of 4630 and 464 will it give me something like 6006, or will it be back to the drawing board to find the right wicks? Also if anyone is blending these two waxes and could give me some pointers and some wicking advice that would be much appreciated also. At 70/30 I’ll have about 14 pounds of wax and I don’t want to use it all up in wick testing.
  6. I have a similar problem in my den. I solved it by using two smaller candles in different locations.
  7. Thank you so much. That was very helpful advice!
  8. I started off as a newbie in the spring and lots of testing, hundreds of dollars, and many hours spent on this board, I can some pretty good candles if I stick to the two containers and wicks I use. My question is how can I test fragrance oils faster? I’m using 6006 wax and making a candle, then waiting two weeks is not going to get me ready for Christmas. Could I make melts and test them in a few days? Any advice would be appreciated.
  9. It’s a 4 inch diameter. I think Tyler Candles are double wicked in this same container. I don’t mind buying other wicks, I just don’t know which ones would work better.
  10. I have 10 Lbs of 464 I need to use up and I would like to make some double wicked 11 oz tureen jars. I have several sizes of ECO wicks and was thinking of trying ECO 6.
  11. Been lurking and learning for a while, it is such a great group I thought I should join in. I am strictly an amateur. After many failed attempts at soy candles I switch to 6006 wax and I’ve made some decent container candles, but I still have a long way to go. My question is about slowing the cooling process. Is the purpose of this cosmetic, or does it help the scent throw? A second related question is does the wax need to breathe during cooling? I drilled a hole in some plastic plates and I use those for wick holders during cooling, the idea was to prevent evaporation of the FO. Lastly thanks for all y’all have taught me, I never would have made it this far without you.