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Crafty1_AJ last won the day on December 19 2017

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About Crafty1_AJ

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    candles soap b&b
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    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
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    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)
  1. Temporary labeling

    I use square jars, so I put the label on the side. I don't like having to tip the candle upside down to refer to the label when I'm writing my test-burn notes. My label includes the date poured, FO blend and supplier(s), rate of usage, wax, wick type, and wick size. Then I write the same info on an index card. The index card is for my test burns. I note the date burned, time lit / time extinguished. (In the case of soy testers, I also note the ambient temps, since this can affect rate of burn.) I write down notes about throw and length of time to achieve a full melt pool. I also note unusual things such as if the wick appears to be drowning or tunneling, excessive soot or shrooms, etc. These aren't typical, but if I observe them, I generally pour another tester with a different wick or rate of FO usage.
  2. Wicking tapered containers

    Ah, thanks for clarifying. I was assuming you were going to try single wicking, for some reason. Need more coffee.
  3. Wicking tapered containers

    The burn tends to be hotter as you get lower into the jar. More heat retained. If you wick with the top diameter in mind, the burn may "catch up" lower into the jar. To be on the safe side, I'd start my tests by wicking for about 3.5" overall to keep it from getting too hot near the neck of the jar. I'd rather have a bit of hang up on the widest part of the jar than risking the top overheating. Those are cute jars, but not terribly easy to wick for a clean burn since the diameter is over 3.5". Caveat: I have only used this jar a few times and am no expert. But the widest diameter I am comfortable with when using a single wick, esp. when using vegetable waxes, is about 3.5". Once I get over that diameter, I have to double wick.
  4. I like a week's cure time to be safe. But I must confess: I have started test burns in as little as 3-4 days. Not always a patient person.
  5. Adding honey to lip balm

    And the fact that it is water soluble makes it very difficult to incorporate into lip balms, which typically just have butters and oils and waxes.
  6. soap packaging woes - need advice

    Yes they do! In black, kraft, and white.
  7. Several of my best candle customers are men. One guy in MN buys a 9 pack every few months and sends them also to his daughter. Another in CA gets big boxes full for himself AND his mom. And one of my best local female customers buys candles by the case. Who gets up and lights one every morning? Her husband. My own husband is not afraid to show his love for my candles and melts. LOL Candles are not feminine...they are neutral. Genderless. ( I think I just invented a word. )
  8. I should probably introduce myself...

    Glad to meet you!
  9. Screw what your co-workers think. Good for you to pursue your dream anyway. And I'm so glad your family supports you. That means the world.
  10. Clear Black...I think Amazon Handmade is just trying to compete with Etsy and get their share of the pie. LOL I have my issues with Amazon, but am still choosing at this time to sell there because the more places you turn up when someone enters a relevant Google search string, the more likely you are to make a sale. I just googled "soy candle that smells like bread baking" and I turned up on the first page of hits twice, once for my Etsy shop listing and once for my Amazon listing. So I'm doubling my chances at a sale. My website listing also popped up in the first 3-4 pages of returns. I know from personal experience that I usually find what I want in the first few pages of a search and seldom have to check past page 4 or 5. To answer your question, handmade and commercially produced are two separate markets. I appreciate the workmanship and care that goes into (most!) handmade items and like to support people who are working hard with their hands and their creative bents to make an honest dollar, as I am trying to do. There will always be consumers who are bottom-liners -- those whose main concern is the lowest price. These people are not our target market. But there will also always be consumers who look more at quality and craftsmanship, and have a genuine appreciation for handmade. In this day and age of mass production and impersonal customer service, lots of people are liking the handmade difference.
  11. Nice to meet you - welcome!
  12. I trim the wick before each burn.
  13. No, you did great.