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  1. @candlesncats That's the wax. It makes a beautiful candle on its own, but I use it as a filler in blends. Unlike palm-3, its crystallization seems to agree more with certain additives that I use.
  2. @moonshine Haven't tried it yet. Their picture makes palm-1 look a little feathery. For me, the sparkle light has a larger crystal pattern that resembles chunky/slushy glass. I'm wondering if Swan's crystal brite is the same as sparkle light.
  3. Haven't bothered with Peak since the re-opening. Now that I've found out sparkle light palm works better than feather palm in my blends, my stash is running low. If only they still offered that palm and those smaller, more affordable straight-sided tumblers... I do miss that chocolate FO they had. Fudge brownie, I think. Strawberry fields was good as well. I've found so many awesome FO's since then that Peak FO's seem ages ago.
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    Wick Migration when wax is low

    Wick stickers are the bane of my candlemaking when a container needs to be reused. Absolutely can not get them to release from the glass, even after freezing. Have to get in there and try to pry it off, which inevitably ends up with the bottom half of the sticker still stuck to the jar. Not to thrilled by how much they lift the wick of the bottom. Unfortunately, they're my go-to when making non-tester candles. I get mine from Candlescience. Had the same melting experience with hot glue (and I'm terrible with hot glue and made a stringy, webby mess). Not doing that again. Oh, permatex! That's what I've been trying to remember for a while now. I knew someone mentioned it here a year or so ago and I made a note to try it but I lost (read: "misplaced") the note and all I could remember was that it was a red adhesive. I think someone also mentioned another product... Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over. Come to think of it, I think I learned about that on a youtube video for diy glue dots. It's supposed to be a tacky adhesive similar to that of glue dots, but all I could find was Aleene's quick dry tacky glue, which dried hard like acrylic.
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    What would you blend with wood?

    Oakmoss, amber, pine, evergreen, tobacco, vanilla, citrus (grapefruit might be nice), other woods, spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger), whiskey/bourbon, and maybe leather. That wood scent with amber, vanilla, tobacco, and maybe a hint of cassia sounds interesting.
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    Weird reaction with Palm

    Is that a CW palm? Asking because two blends that I experimented with had odd, unexplained sweating and they both contained palm-3.
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    Molten Rapeseed Wax?!

    That's... odd. Not going to create an "It could be..." list because I'm stumped. How about a list of questions. I have never seen wax expand like that. I've seen weird shrinkage and a few waxes that have rounded tops after cooling but never smooth expansion past the rim. Maybe moisture? Maybe high altitude? Is that 100%, absolutely can't be anything else, wax? It looks similar to frosting, shaving cream, body butter, whipped soap... or something subjected to a vacuum. What technique was used to cool the candle? If you added a little bit to hot (not boiling) water, does it melt and float like oil? Was any fragrance, dye, or other substance added? Does the crater extend to the bottom? I see dark discoloration between some of the "curds". Is that shadow, soot, or something else? Did it visibly erupt or was it a gradual process? How are you melting the wax and to what temperature? The smooth side is what intrigues me the most. The flared rim around the wax tells me that it wasn't completely set when it started to expand but cooled quickly while doing so, keeping it from collapsing and causing the sides to be smooth as it continued to expand. That is, if it was a slow process. I don't know... something about it seems odd; as though compressed air or cold water was sprayed on it, displacing it and causing it to rapidly set. That's unlikely, but now I have the urge to find my can of dust-off and see what would happen (probably a huge mess).
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    different color flames

    I think this was the one. It's a little confusing because it briefly mentions soluble materials before going into detail on how to suspend the materials in the fuel. I think the metallic salts are dissolved into the fuel and an enhancer is suspended in the fuel. No idea what the "nitrogenous fuel" could be. Paraffin, maybe? The candles seem to be tealights with metal cups. It's an old patent.
  9. What size candle is that and is that a glass container? When you say the outside of the candle, do you mean against the sides of the container or that darker ring of wax? If it's a glass container and it appears wet on the sides, that may be what we call "wet spots". In most cases, that's the wax separating from the glass. Temperature is the common culprit but some waxes do it regardless. Using a heat gun fixes that... usually. Other than wet spots, I'm drawing a blank on what could have caused the outside of the candle to remain liquid but set up after a reheating.
  10. How much of the oil are you using per pound of wax? Maybe too much was used by accident? Did you open a new bag of wax for the failed batches? I'm wary these days of things from Amazon. Was the wax sold by a reputable vendor? I can't tell from the picture whether the outer part is soft and gel-like or if there's something on the surface. Is it soft and slushy or gelled? I don't think it's a moisture problem. Check the bottoms of your successful candles, if you can, to see if any of the FO has come out of the wax and pooled at the bottom. I took a peek at the Eternal Essence Oils site and noticed a picture on their about page that showed an oil warmer. They also promote the oils' use in cosmetics, laundry, sprays, and such but no mention of use in candles. I'm going to hazard a guess and say that their oils aren't entirely candle compatible and may be cut with something like dipropylene glycol or carrier oils. Their usage page somewhat confirms this by suggesting that the oil be applied to the candle surface near the wick before lighting. The heat from the flame will warm the oil, allowing it to drift away (not the safest use of FO, IMO).
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    different color flames

    Be careful when creating candles with colored flames. There is a patent (a few, actually) filed for that, along with patents covering the use of photochromatic and thermochromatic pigments. One of the patents relating to colored flames does include copper compounds and strontium salts. I didn't read into it to find the technique but the abstract mentions impregnating the wick. I'd assume you dissolve whatever it is you're using, saturate a raw wick with it, allow the wick to dry, prime the wick with wax, then continue as usual. If Joelson's colorants are in the wax and not the wick, then I'm going to guess they aren't using salts unless the salts are microns small. Maybe stearates. Although, another patent mentions the use of metallic chlorides that are soluble in the fuel. Maybe test for solubility in a variety of waxes? Another patent uses perchlorates but other things are used to tame their combustion; the perchlorates are still dissolved. Yet another uses organic acid salts of alkali metals and wicks intwined with metallic wires in examples. There are numerous approaches to this...
  12. Am I the only one who experiences this phenomenon? I don't mean wet spots. It's the reverse - a labyrinth of caverns and air pockets inside the candle while the outside looks perfectly normal. This time, everything went smoothly at first. The ingredients blended perfectly. It took the color and fragrance well. However, after pouring, it started to set up on the perimeter earlier than anywhere else. I figured I'd have to poke relief holes - not unexpected. Oddly enough, a portion of the surface didn't form a skin, film, or anything. I thought, "Alright, there's my relief hole. No need to bother." Guess what? The entire candle set up without that spot of wax on the top setting until the very end. You could sit there and watch that little hole with molten wax in it become more and more shallow as the rest of the candle set. Eventually, it turned into the entryway of a cavernous air pocket. Topping off wouldn't help since the tunneling is so extensive. If it hadn't been for that one spot on the surface refusing to setup, I'd have never known about the subsurface conditions until burning. I'm at a loss on what to do now. This candle was part of a batch of wax blends I'm testing for educational purposes (trying to get an idea of how certain additives perform), but if palm wax is going to keep doing this I might have to give up on testing blends with palm in them. Maybe I'm using the wrong palm wax... I couldn't find palm 6910. How are people making fantastic, flawless palm container candles....
  13. I started with m&p soaps as a hobby three years ago. After having to deal with bars that sweat more than I do in these humid VA summers I had to call it quits. Eventually, I got into candlemaking. I've been lurking around the forum ever since. Lately, I've been trying new ingredients and techniques and have run into a few problems that I can't answer myself, and so it's time for me to stop lurking and join in hopes of learning something new. At lot of the forum members seem to be very knowledgeable and their crafts are fantastic. I'm looking forward to participating here! Borrowed these questions from the pinned thread above: What's your name? Jeff. How old are you? Old enough to play with candles. Where do you live? Hampton Roads, VA. How long have you been making candles/soap/whatever? This will be the third year. How did you get started making candles/soap/whatever? I began with m&p soaps and lotions but somehow got into candlemaking. It may have been the sticker shock while gift shopping at a certain store then deciding I could make them for less... I already knew how to use m&p soap, so how hard could candles have been. Now, I realize it's much more complicated than I originally thought, and it's quickly developing into an addiction of collecting FO's, testing wicks, and comparison shopping for containers. Are you married? Any kids? No. Do pets count as kids? If so, yes - one. If candle/Soap making isn't your primary job, what do you do? Professional forum lurker. Anything else we should know? Disclaimer: I have the occasional habit of writing long-winded, sometimes rambling posts. Read at your discretion.