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  1. I have a product called Polybar, which I believe is similar to Vybar. It comes in these flat little round chips and I find them awkward to measure since they don't sit nice and level in a measuring spoon. I have been using about 10 mls, which I think is 2 teaspoons per pound of wax. This might be too much from what I've been reading, but so far I have had pretty good throw when I add enough FO. In the beginning of this candle making I was under scenting. Probably best to not take advice from me! I use it in IGI 1245 paraffin.
  2. Since getting into this addictive craft (sport? endeavour? past time?) there are a few phrases I have uttered that I can honestly say had never issued forth from my mouth before in my life. A few examples of things I never said before candles: "This is stupid wax." I have never had a reason before now to utter such a collection of words. "This wick sucks." Again, not a sentence I had ever uttered before now. "Well, that's a crappy melt pool." I am surprised that I even know what a melt pool is let alone use it in a sentence or know when one is crappy. "Darn those annoying sink holes!" Again, this is something you should say on the edge of a swamp, not in your kitchen. Some things are happening too that have never happened before. Like Hub comes in from a long day at work, opens the liquor cabinet to pour himself a shot of something stiff and ...where have all the shot glasses gone? I don't know. But look at these adorable itty, bitty container candles, don't you just love them? Here's an empty paper cup that I had coffee in last week, drink up.
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    This is nuts!

    Enablers. You are all enablers. I shall slink off to cry by myself, with a bottle of wine, and a lit candle. But first, yes, I must smell them all, to find the one that best goes with the wine....
  4. I am seriously out of control. Seriously. I have candles. So many candles. Yeah, I like candles, but at what point do you have enough candles? I think I passed that 60 candles ago. I can't get a grip on myself! This is the conversation that is running through my head: "Hmm, I like vanilla mixed with peach, but what will happen when I mix it with cinnamon? (makes candles). Not that great. Try another blend. (makes more candles) Yeah, these are excellent, I need to put these in my personal stash. Just for me. But what about Christmas and birthdays and other gift giving occasions? I won't want to deplete my personal stash for that. Better make more, you know, for just in case. (makes more candles). I have lots of sweet scents and that's fine, I like sweet. BUt what about friends who don't like sweet and want something more aromatic? (makes more candles)......" Good lord. When friends drop over I never let them leave without taking some candles with them. They always gasp as I set the box full of candles on the table for them to sniff and choose. I smile, as if this is all the fruits of my labours that I am generously sharing. No! No! It's a lie! I have, off in a corner, a MASSIVE paper bag stacked to the top with votives and they're mine MINE! My preciousesssss... Help me!
  5. I think I will stick with FO from now on. But I do like to try things!
  6. Lesson learned. Three cubes of wax melt DOES NOT scent one pound of paraffin enough to create any throw. At all. Today, since I had all these wax melts, I melted half a pound of paraffin and tossed in the whole box of melts (6 cubes) plus a cube from another package for good measure. Oh dear. At least on pour the aroma is ... chest congesting. We shall see how this works as candles. At 3 cubes per pound of paraffin, no, no scent. But 6 cubes per 1/2 pound of wax? Maybe.
  7. Kerven, my head exploded reading that. I barged ahead and tried it out. Melted the pound of paraffin (I think there was more, my scale is pretty unreliable) tossed in two little squares of melt. Hmm, could use more, tossed in another square of a complimentary scent. (I hope!). Threw in a couple droppers of vanilla and .... now we wait. Talltayl, all this experimenting and testing. Oy! Not a hobby for the impatient. I can hardly wait for my candles to set up and as soon as I think they're solid enough not to spill if the jar tips over, I light them. And they burn crappy. Cause I don't think hot wax burns all that great, unless it's on your stove in your kitchen in which case it overheats and burns just fine. In a bad way. This is a blend of smoky apple, spice and vanilla and I'm going to call is Bad Apple. It has a slight scent that I call tobacco, smoked, masculine. Sweet but with a little brute force behind it. If Rhett Butler was burning a candle when he swept you off your feet and kissed you while he didn't give a damn, this would be it. Says me.
  8. I have never used a wax melt for its intended purpose . But today I bought some thinking they smelled great and that I would toss them into a pound of melted wax and have thusly scented candles. Will this work? If not, why not?
  9. Water boils at a set temperature. (Approx. 212 F.) Boiling water does not get hotter the longer it boils. It just reaches a certain temp, boils, remains at that temp and thus the wax you are melting in it will only ever reach that certain temp without getting any hotter. Your wax can attain 200 degrees, but it is also losing heat to the air as it is being heated. Short answer, melting your wax ( in a pot set in) boiling water is a safety mechanism because the likelihood of overheating it to bursting into flame is pretty much nil. Steam is another story. DO NOT futz around with steam. Not unless a bad burn is on your do-list. A double boiler should have plenty of room for steam to escape without building up pressure. We're making candles, not locomotives. Having said that, back in the day when I was batiking I never used a double boiler. Never knew I was supposed to! Just plunked my pot of wax on the stove, on low and away I went. I never left it unattended though. Once or twice I did have smoke rolling off the top of the wax. Uh oh. Apply a lid and remove from heat. Since my 'inherited' candle supplies came with a big pasta pot for water and melting pot for wax, that's what I've been using.
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    Deleting posts

    Thank you!
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    Deleting posts

    Last night I made two posts and then wanted to delete them. I did find an edit button, but no delete button. SO I edited, highlighting and deleting the contents. That did not work! The post posted anyway. Imagine my horror! This morning I see they are gone. If someone on the site did that for me, thank you. Is there some way I can do that myself in future? I am new here and not yet clear on how all the gizmos work.
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    That's what SHE said...

    Talltayl, yes, the bator works. Extremely well! I have invented many failed bators, or ones that worked so-so. This one, excellent! Looks atrocious, but works great.
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    That's what SHE said...

    An inventor! I love it. One day I might have to tell the story about the egg incubator I made out of an old bread bowl, two pool noodles and a light bulb. Brings to mind the two dogs I used to have, Bearded Collies. Hairy! Saved up some of the groomed out dog fur and gave it to my MIL who spun it into dog hair yarn. Hmm, what to make with dog hair? I rigged up a little loom and wove myself a few dog hair placemats. Placemats. To eat off of. Out of dog hair. Used them once. That was a hard no, bad idea, buh bye doggy stinky hairy mats. What was I thinking?! Love your wheel! It's perfect!
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    I can see that I am going to have to build a teeny, tiny saw mill and source only clear or tight knot lumber, which I will kiln dry, soak in beezel nut oil, then saw into itty bitty boards called wicks. This is completely out of control. Also, I have been burning a votive on the kitchen table (wood stir stick wick) and while putzing in the kitchen I could not smell the candle. I made a note in my candle book, "do not make this again, no throw" (note my use of the word 'throw', as if I know what I'm doing!). I wondered if the wood wick, despite burning, was not burning hot enough to release the aroma. But now here I am, at the far end of the house from the burning candle, and WOW, can I ever smell it ! In my house at least, indoor air currents, which have a very weird travel pattern, determine how well a candle throws. In this location it smells quite nice. In the kitchen you can't smell it at all !