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  1. I have been using Peak's C-75 Cotton Core wicks for my 11.5 oz Tumbler jars (a little over 3 inch diameter) with IGI 6006 for years. I always liked the Cotton Core because they don't mushroom as much as Zinc Core. I have tried other wicks before, such as HTP, but not extensively. I am all out of C-75's now, and need to find a decent replacement. Since Peak's Cotton Core was, I believe, a proprietary wick, I am wondering if anyone who previously used them has found a suitable replacement for your own candles? Or even if you don't use the Cotton Core, what type of wick do you like best, especially if you use 6006? I have a lot of knowledge about the various wicks Peak carried but would like to find a great replacement without excessive testing. Thanks!
  2. New to the forum, not to candlemaking

    Thank you! My photos were taken by a friend with a nice camera and photography experience. We shot them in my apartment in front of patio door for natural lighting. I have self-taught photo editing experience so I cropped and edited them myself using Paint Shop Pro (cheaper alternative to photoshop). Thanks to everyone for the advice! Now I am trying to figure out the best way to transition to more original products without totally losing my current customer base... It's a shame because I really enjoy making these items because I am passionate about my love of the original work. I pick out each fragrance to individually match the house traits associated with it, created the labels myself and everything. But I understand now that it is still an issue and liability even if hundreds of others are also infringing on copyright. I have a lot of ideas in mind but it will still be sad for me to say goodbye to these products.
  3. New to the forum, not to candlemaking

    To be honest, I am still trying to figure that out myself. When I started selling candles on Etsy, I wanted to do something that was based off of things I love, like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. If you search those terms on Etsy there are thousands of items that are themed and have the logos or house names on them too, so I didn't think it would be a problem. (I know "everyone else is doing it" might not make it ok, but again I am still learning.) I wasn't selling much until very recently so I thought there is no harm in it. Now that my business is getting bigger and I am trying to make it into a legitimate source of income, I am trying to navigate all these ins and outs of owning a successful business. Right now, I'm just trying to make it through as I learn, and I know I may need to change my products if necessary. I'm still in the process of figuring it all out!
  4. Business Banking and Credit Cards

    Ok, thanks. I have only ever sold on Etsy and up until very recently I made very, very little money off it, so it was really more like a little hobby that I occasionally made a few bucks from. So I have never had any checks to deposit or anything like that. I had always just bought my supplies with my personal money since I used to make stuff for myself and friends and family much more than for sales. Honestly I was spending more on supplies than I was making from any sales so I just never bothered with any business stuff. I wasn't expecting my business to take off all of a sudden so that's why I'm just now trying to figure everything out and get all my ducks in a row. Any suggestions for good banks and credit cards would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Looking for Peak replacements

    Mango Peach Salsa!! I haven't found anything like it and I'm all out of my supply
  6. I am wondering as my business grows whether I should open a separate business checking account and/or credit card. Do you have one or both? If so, what bank or cc do you use and how do you like it? For a small business making less than $10k per year do you think it is necessary? Thanks for any advice!
  7. Cotton core wicks from Peak

    Peak's Cotton Core wicks were made exclusively for them from what I was told. So unfortunately you probably won't find any exactly like them. My suggestion when trying out other company's wicks is just to try out what they recommend for the size and type of candle you are making. So for example if you were making 2.5" diameter paraffin candles with Peak's C-70, look at another company's wick chart and try the one they recommend for 2.5" paraffin candles. The most important info when selecting a wick size is the diameter of your candle and the type of wax you are using. With that information you can contact any company that sells wicks and ask for a recommendation.
  8. New to the forum, not to candlemaking

    They are mostly written tutorials with pictures, not videos, but they are all on www.candletech.com. Since that site was made through Peak Candle Supplies, which is now closed, I'm not sure how long the CandleTech website will remain up.
  9. Best Label Printers?

    I need to buy a new printer for my labels and I wondered what you all use and how much you like yours? I print both color and black and white labels, and I don't currently have a preference of matte vs. glossy or ink vs. laser. My current printer is an Epson WF 2660 and it is just not cutting it. I have SO MANY problems with it all the time, from not connecting to my computer even when it says it's connected, leaving streak marks on my labels (and having to clean the print nozzle over and over and over to fix it), and today it just doesn't want to grab my label paper! I'm sick of it! Anyway, I know all printers will have their own issues, but wanted to hear your opinions before I buy a new one! Thanks!
  10. Hey everyone, Maple Street just posted on their FB page that they have added 7 new Peak dupes including Autumn Walk! I can't wait to try it, I hope it's close enough. Here is the list of their latest additions: Cranberry Oak Ginger Peach Olde Town Bake Shop Storm Watch Autumn Walk Holiday Festival Wild Mountain Honey
  11. Help!! Please critique my candle

    I have a lot of experience with soy and I have definitely seen candles frost just like that. Unfortunately, soy is really unpredictable as to how, when, and why it frosts. It can be affected by the rate at which it cools, so it very well could be due to the drop in temperature in your environment. I personally prefer to us a soy/paraffin blend which almost completely eliminates the frosting effect (except with black candles sometimes) but that's just what I like. I know a lot of people who prefer soy candles don't mind the frosting, and others just don't color their soy candles so it's less noticeable. Since you can never really control every aspect of the environment they are in and the way they cool, frosting is something that just goes hand in hand with soy. It usually gets worse after time, too. Check out this tutorial I did a while back: https://candletech.com/candle-making/make-soy-container-candles/ and if you go to the bottom you can see how the candle frosted over time.
  12. Craft Fairs and Sales Tax Help Needed!

    Thank you!
  13. Craft Fairs and Sales Tax Help Needed!

    I have a few more questions. I'm going to be ordering a card reader for payments, but I'm wondering what to do for cash payments. How much cash/change do you bring? How do you generate receipts/record purchases for cash orders? And how do you calculate the sales tax? Do you calculate it manually or just include it in the price of the item? Thanks!
  14. Craft Fairs and Sales Tax Help Needed!

    I'll have a table at the Mayhem Market in Lakewood. It's sort of a specialty market catering to punk/metal/rockabilly sort of scene. They found me on Etsy and invited me to join. The vendor fee is only $39 for a 6 foot table so I figured it's worth a shot since the fee is so low! I'd only have to sell about 3 or 4 items to get my money back for the fee so that seems reasonable for my first try at something like this.
  15. So I just signed up for my first craft fair in October, and I need some help/advice! -I have only sold items on Etsy before, which I do not charge sales tax for, since almost all of my orders are out of state. If I sell items at a craft show, do I need to charge sales tax? (I am selling out of Colorado) -I do not have a registered business or sales tax license yet. Do I need to/should I get one for this? -Also, Etsy does not provide a tax form unless you make a certain amount in a year, and I have never made very much money on Etsy until now. Does anyone have any advice on how to handle taxes with Etsy? Last year was the first time I made over $1000 so I never worried about it before but now that my business is growing so much, I don't know what to do! Please help! I don't want to get in trouble with the IRS or end up owing a ton of money when tax season comes lol! Thanks!