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  1. I'm not sure, I don't trust my nose anymore. This was 80% Spa Day and 20% Lemongrass, which worked well. In the room next to it I was testing a White Tea and Ginger from the Chemistry Store and it had a little better HT, but the room was slightly smaller. I made eight candles with different FOs so hopefully after I've burned them all I'll be able to judge which had good HT and which didn't. and which need a different wick. BTW I'm going to take one last shot at double wicking the 11oz tureen. I have WI 720s and WI 715s, those are the smallest wicks I could find.
  2. The two pictures were taken three hours into the second day of burn testing. It is an 8oz tureen with 160g, or 5.6oz, of 6006 wax, 8% FO load, and a CD6 wick. The burn rate has been a steady 4g/hr except that by the third hour yesterday it dropped to 3g/hr and the flame was small. I had to stop after three hours yesterday. Today the flame shrank some, but the burn rate stayed steady. It took three hours to get close to a FMP and there was no change from hours three to four. The wicks curl so the wax is melted to the edge on one side but I have a ½ inch of unmelted wax on the other side.
  3. Forrest

    WSP June 26 20% sale

    So that would be the same WSP that just shipped my order? This must be a karma thing or something like that.
  4. Forrest

    How do you choose?

    Well color me shocked, I never would have thought so many people would buy a pound of FO without trying it first. Probably comes from me being a newbie and a hobbyist. OTOH it gives me hope that one day I will have that much confidence in my ability to pick FOs that I will buy a pound without trying a sample first. I've learned a lot from this thread. Candle making is like an onion, there are layers and layers and layers and sometimes it can make you cry.
  5. The only thing I would offer is to try heat the wax to 85c and add the FO at 85c and stir for two minutes. I had a similar problem once that I suspect was from not stirring enough, but 80c is below what I have been taught to use.
  6. Forrest

    How do you choose?

    You give me a good idea. I used to be passable at blending EOs, but the FOs have lots of notes I’m not familiar with. If I started keeping up with the notes on my hits and misses I bet some patterns would emerge that I could use to improve my hit rate.
  7. Forrest

    How do you choose?

    I doubt any of us orders a one pound bottle of a FO we haven’t tried before, so at some point all of us scroll through the list of FOs on a supplier’s website trying to decide which FOs to order. Some supplier have star ratings supposedly given by their customers, I would like to think those are accurate despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Then there are the descriptions that tell us how wonderful each FO smells, I swear these people could make the emissions of an angry skunk sound like something you’d want to try. OK maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I’m sure you know where I’m coming from. So how do you decide which FOs to try? My method is to go through all the FOs on the website and make a list of those that I might want to try, usually between 20 and 30. There are currently six list on my desk; OK I know I have a problem, but my FO addiction support group says it is OK to make list of FOs as long as you don’t buy them. So when I fall off the wagon, like I did yesterday, I decide how much I’m willing to spend and I pick that many FOs off my list. It is definitely a hit or miss proposition, but I think with this method I’ve managed to get my hit rate up to something slightly better than a blind baseball players batting average. So how do you choose?
  8. Forrest

    Candle nose?

    I'm lucky, now that my kids are grown I have two bedrooms that are unused. The trick is to set the timer so I don't forget about my candles.
  9. Forrest

    Candle nose?

    My den has two vents on one end of the room and two doors on the other, each door is a straight shot to a return vent. If I burn a candle in the den the only way to judge the HT is go out in the hall or into the kitchen.
  10. Forrest

    Candle nose?

    This was my first 11oz tureen test with FO and I am happy to report that, thanks to your help and guidance, this candle reached a FMP after four hours on the second day. More importantly the pool was not too deep in the middle. I’ve done three burns and I’m amazed at how well it has done. I should still have lots of unconsumed FO, which is why I’m hoping the problem is me. I'll take a few days off and then burn it again, that should answer the question.
  11. Forrest

    Candle nose?

    I’ve been thinking about this and if I’m not mistaken there are a limited number of fragrance notes that will be used it the FOs. If this is true then burning a different candle might not work. If the FOs share enough ingredients then burning a candle today may make it harder for you to smell a different candle tomorrow. I think to avoid this you would need to burn candles from a different fragrance categories; so maybe a fruity candle, then a bakery scent, and then a floral. If I am just testing for fragrance and HT I’ll put the candle in a separate room and let it burn for a while before I go check it. I’ve got eight candles I need to evaluate for wicking, HT. and fragrance quality. I’m trying to develop a process to do that. This is going to be a little tricky. On a side note I was in the florist business for eight years when I was young. I still remember how wonderful it smelled the day I went in to apply for a job. I also remember how disappointed I was when after a week I couldn’t smell it anymore.
  12. Forrest

    Crafter's Choice™ brand FO's

    So now I have another line of FOs I have to try. I really should stay off of this board.
  13. I’ve been burning my first post-test mode candle. I burned it three hours Friday and four hours yesterday in the room where we could enjoy it. Today it seems like the HT is much diminished. The burn has been textbook, better than I thought possible in an 11oz tureen. So I’m guessing that the problem is me. My questions are, does that seem reasonable, and how long should I wait to burn it again to verify my assumption? Another question is will adjusting to the scent of one FO make it hard to smell other FO’s? I have eight candles that I will be testing starting next week to see if they need to be wicked up or down, but also to test their HT. I need to make sure my test results are valid.
  14. Forrest

    6006 cure time

    I know what you're talking about. the first time I tried CD's I looked at the wick chart and bought 18, 16, & 14, I'm lucky I didn't burn my house down. I've settled in to a CD8 in that container. My new philosophy is to start small and work my way up.
  15. Forrest

    6006 cure time

    I’m going to pour some 8oz tins with 6006 for testing this weekend. I’ll try to report back here and we can compare notes. I’m going to try a CD6, CD8, and a 51 zinc core. I’ll be pouring two of each so I can burn one next weekend and the others in about a month.