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    puma52

     

    Rating: Intermediate

    Supplies Needed:

    Paraffin, soy or tart wax blend of your choice. I use 50/50 of 4794 and 4625

    UV Powder

    Candle dye - I use the liquid dyes

    Several fragrance oils that are compatible with each other

    Wooden spoons or whisk for stirring wax

    Presto pot, double boiler or wax melter to melt wax

    Scale

    Thermometer

    Pour pots

    Heat Gun

    Disposable aluminum pans - Size 8" x 8" (at least 4) , 11" x 8-1/2" (at least 2)

    Large aluminum baking sheets - I use one that is 16" x 11-1/2"

    Aluminum Foil

    Wax Paper

    Paper Towels

    Hand Wipes

    Tart molds in case of extra wax

    8" spackling knife or table knife

     

    ****PLEASE NOTE - ONCE YOU BEGIN THESE, YOU CANNOT STOP THE PROCESS OR YOU WILL NOT GET THE DESIRED RESULT - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALLOTTED TIME FOR TOTAL COMPLETION OF THESE CHUNK TARTS***

     

    To make these chunks eye catching, always make in bright or eye catching colors and scents that smell wonderful when combined together in a blend.

    Gather all equipment together and while wax is melting, line all the disposable aluminum pans that you will be planning to use with aluminum foil. Place UV powder and dye into your pour pot. Add 2 lbs of melted wax to pot. Add scent and blend well, pour into aluminum foil lined 8x8 disposable aluminum pan. Repeat with 1, 2 or 3 more scents. 

     

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    The 1st pic is some of the main items that I use to make these ..aluminum foil, disposable aluminum pans - i use 8x8 and 11 x 8-1/2, heat gun, 8" spackling knife, aluminum baking sheets - 16 x 11-1/2. 

     

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    First four embed chunk slabs poured: Deep Aqua Blue - Tropical Soda Pop , Light Yellow - Mountain Dew , Orange  - Rainbow Sherbet, Cream Color - Cream Soda.  All of these embed chunk slab waxes have been poured into the 8x8 pans that have been lined with the aluminum foil - 2 lb in each pan. The next pic is when the wax slab has cooled/solidified JUST enough to allow me to pull them out of the pans and not have wax running everywhere..note I pull the foil down on all sides to help speed cooling WHEN the sides are solid enough that when I pull the foil down the wax does not bleed. In the pic the white was still too hot ...when I had pulled the alum foil off, it started bleeding wax, so I just pulled the alum foil back up on it. About 5 minutes later, I was able to pull the alum foil down to cool the wax.

     

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    When they are solidified enough, I pull the alum foil off of them and then lay them on the baking sheet and slice as shown. They are still very warm at this point.

     

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    Diversion  :) ..... Above, the two pans to the left with the Sex On The Beach  (orange) and Honeydew (green) are cooling...just to show you that you can have several of these going (as long as the presto pots/melters keep up that is) all at once.

     

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    Above left,  Rainbow Sherbet (orange) and Cream Soda (white) cooling on the aluminum baking sheet. Once cool enough (no wax bleeding) I cut up these two slabs  (Note....the spackling knife almost reaches across the whole slab..I just pick the knife up slowly and move it and bring down again). These chunks are still very warm at this point.

     

     

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    Above all four chunk scents are all ready to be put in pan for overpour...these chunks are still very warm.

     

     

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      Pic on the left......everyone in the pool!  I pick up handfuls of chunks,  I never measure them as sometimes I want more of one scent than the other, but spread them all out well and I fill up that pan as much as I can with the embed chunks up to the aluminum foil top, then I do my overpour of Salt Water Taffy (right). Chunks are still very warm when put in the pan for the overpour. As soon as I pour the overpour. it usually starts to solidify immediately unless it is real warm, but when it starts to solidify, I get out the heat gun and heat those chunks up and I do ADD MORE CHUNKS AT THIS POINT AND USE HEAT GUN ON THEM...adding the chunks on top is easy to do as when you use the heat gun, it will pretty much liquefy the top again. Using the heat gun takes all the hard edges off the chunks which makes them look so nice. AS SOON as I can, I lift the whole chunk tart slab out of the pan (using the alum foil to lift out) . I set it directly on the aluminum baking sheet and let it cool (which does not take long....10 min maybe).

     

     

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    I then peel down the sides of the aluminum foil carefully making sure that no melted wax is bleeding out and THEN as soon as I can after doing this, I take the alum foil off and let it cool on the aluminum baking sheet...maybe another 5 minutes and then try cutting..if you do not have any wax bleeding, you are good to go. These chunks are VERY warm when I am done cutting. I separate and let cool. When cool, I place a piece of wax paper in the bottom of a clean copy paper box, place chunks on paper and place lid on top to keep clean until I am ready to package.

     

     

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    Let your spackling knife work for you...you can scoop all those chunks up in no time...place the chunks on the aluminum foil that once surrounded the same chunk slab...while waiting to complete all embed chunks for your big overpour.

     

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    The above four pics are of Sex On The Beach (orange), Honeydew Melon (light green) and Overpoured with a light peach color with Peach scent. Above left chunks ready for overpour. Above right just after running the heat gun over and adding more chunks. Bottom left after cutting and bottom right...just before cutting. These chunks are VERY warm when I am done cutting. I separate and let cool. ****Have some extra tart molds setting around while pouring all of these waxes...sometimes there is extra and it is great to have some molds to pour your extra tart wax into**** I hope this helps you all. Have fun creating! Let's see YOUR chunk tart melts! :)



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    Thank you Faerywren! You are so sweet!  Blame Ms Vicky....Leader of the Pack here on Craftserver! She encouraged such action on my part. :) But, anyhow I sure hope you try these out...they are a hoot to make...... and sell.  :) 

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    I thought it would but it didn't and I used regular foil not the non stick type

     

    going to try another batch tonight and see how it turns out - even though my first one wasn't perfect I have to say I love the scent combo- such a creative way to make new smells and get rid of the 1 ouncers sitting around I will never use! 

    Thanks again Puma this is the best tutorial ever!!

     

    one more question though- the pans you use for pouring overpour on the chunks - I couldn't find that size here so I got 12 1/4 X 8 1/4 and they are 1 3/32 deep 

    there are so many depths to these type pans what depth so you use? 

    I went with these ones because your pictures don't appear to be to large of chunks when cut and the first time around I used more like a lasagna depth and it was too deep IMO which I think was also some of my problem 

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    1 hour ago, moonshine said:

    I thought it would but it didn't and I used regular foil not the non stick type

     

    going to try another batch tonight and see how it turns out - even though my first one wasn't perfect I have to say I love the scent combo- such a creative way to make new smells and get rid of the 1 ouncers sitting around I will never use! 

    Thanks again Puma this is the best tutorial ever!!

     

    one more question though- the pans you use for pouring overpour on the chunks - I couldn't find that size here so I got 12 1/4 X 8 1/4 and they are 1 3/32 deep 

    there are so many depths to these type pans what depth so you use? 

    I went with these ones because your pictures don't appear to be to large of chunks when cut and the first time around I used more like a lasagna depth and it was too deep IMO which I think was also some of my problem 

    What wax blend are you using? I'm not completely happy with what i'm using. i feel when cutting i get too many creamy flakes and it makes a huge mess . i have to wipe off my knife every time i cut. also are you using several layers of foil? i used just one sheet yesterday and wax made it's way behind the foil...HUGE mess

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    I only used one layer but a big enough sheet ( I have the real wide roll) that it came up the sides and I didn't pour past the foil top where it was lower

    are you using the cheap tin? I have the heavy duty aluminum foil 

    my wax blend didn't exactly do what I wanted either - way to soft and flaky when I cut but my problem was my chunks I used a mold and they were not warm when I did the overpour so when I went to cut chunks were falling out because they were hard and the overpour was warm but flaked and made a huge mess!

    I normally use PB and 415 for melts but soy does not color well at all for me without frost so I had some 4625 I was playing with and I mixed it with a parasoy container wax- Clarus and it was still way to soft 

    I am going to up my 4625 and try it with PB this time and keep container wax out of the mix but I don't know how the throw will be as I never used this blend so my next order for supplies I am getting that other wax puma uses! 

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    6 hours ago, moonshine said:

    I only used one layer but a big enough sheet ( I have the real wide roll) that it came up the sides and I didn't pour past the foil top where it was lower

    are you using the cheap tin? I have the heavy duty aluminum foil 

    my wax blend didn't exactly do what I wanted either - way to soft and flaky when I cut but my problem was my chunks I used a mold and they were not warm when I did the overpour so when I went to cut chunks were falling out because they were hard and the overpour was warm but flaked and made a huge mess!

    I normally use PB and 415 for melts but soy does not color well at all for me without frost so I had some 4625 I was playing with and I mixed it with a parasoy container wax- Clarus and it was still way to soft 

    I am going to up my 4625 and try it with PB this time and keep container wax out of the mix but I don't know how the throw will be as I never used this blend so my next order for supplies I am getting that other wax puma uses! 

    Go get 'em girl!! i LOVE your determination! :icon_highfive: You can do it! I use the cheap tins @ Walmart and the Reynolds alum foil. I try to keep the wax contained without going over the foil tops, but sometimes it just does not work out...it leaks.   But wow...the more I read people's problems when trying to make these chunks, the more I think that the wax blends that a person can use and have them turn out are really limited. Hmmmm....

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    8 hours ago, moonshine said:

    I thought it would but it didn't and I used regular foil not the non stick type

     

    going to try another batch tonight and see how it turns out - even though my first one wasn't perfect I have to say I love the scent combo- such a creative way to make new smells and get rid of the 1 ouncers sitting around I will never use! 

    Thanks again Puma this is the best tutorial ever!!

     

    one more question though- the pans you use for pouring overpour on the chunks - I couldn't find that size here so I got 12 1/4 X 8 1/4 and they are 1 3/32 deep 

    there are so many depths to these type pans what depth so you use? 

    I went with these ones because your pictures don't appear to be to large of chunks when cut and the first time around I used more like a lasagna depth and it was too deep IMO which I think was also some of my problem 

    I just measured my pans, they are extremely close to 2 inches high..all of them that I use. :)

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    6 hours ago, Littlebalky said:

    t wax blend are you using? I'm not completely happy with what i'm using. i feel when cutting i get too many creamy flakes and it makes a huge mess . i have to wipe off my knife every time i cut. also are you using several layers of foil? i used just one sheet yesterday and wax made it's way behind the foil...HUGE mess

    I do exactly how Moonshine did. One piece of foil and try to stay within the boundaries of the height of the foil...but I do spill over. Also I have to wipe my spackling knife off too, so that is normal. 

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    ?????? I did it - I did it ????????

     

    Not in love with the colors I wish I left the overpour white BUT they worked and they do have to be warm and you do have to move fast! Lol

    I also used too deep of a pan- I had so many chunks so I don't like the size of how they turned out- next time I will use 2 shallower pans 

     

    I used oils I don't touch anymore so I had zero clue how it would smell

     

    yellow chunks funky monkey- JS

    pink chunks - butt naked- JS

    orange chunks- cranberry orange- JS

    overpour- supposed to be coral but too dark -mango papaya CS

     

    I don't care for fruits so that's why I used some of these oils up and my husband loves it- I do have to say it's a pretty good smell! 

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    YEE HAW GIRL!!!!! Look at YOU!!! They look AWESOME!!!:bliss::yay::icon_highfive: On the pans, everyone has to do their OWN thing...what they are comfortable with...the tutorial is just a guide...do what works for you because I want you and everyone else to enjoy making these. Hee hee....your hubby has a great nose! I think that these would smell just as awesome as they look. On the extra chunks, I always have leftovers too....you can make matching chunk jars or chunk pillars. Once again....yea Moonshine!!! Welcome to the Chunk Club!!! Yea!!!

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    Thank you! 

    Now I am to low on 4625 to make more and I have so many blends wrote down I want to try!

    need to place an order tonight and use this time to make more Jars because when it comes in I will be chunking away! Lol

     

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    Puma, what an amazing job you did on this tutorial! Not only are your melts fabulous, but you are a rock star for putting this together - and for sharing it with us. Amazing.

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    20 hours ago, OldGlory said:

    Puma, what an amazing job you did on this tutorial! Not only are your melts fabulous, but you are a rock star for putting this together - and for sharing it with us. Amazing.

    Thank you oldGlory! I hope it helps folks who have been afraid to make these or who didn't know quite how to make them. :)  This tutorial has been good practice for my Soap of the Month. :)

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    3 hours ago, puma52 said:

    Thank you oldGlory! I hope it helps folks who have been afraid to make these or who didn't know quite how to make them. :)  This tutorial has been good practice for my Soap of the Month. :)

    It helps even those of use who have made melts before. This really is an amazing tutorial... :)

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    4 minutes ago, Jcandleattic said:

    It helps even those of use who have made melts before. This really is an amazing tutorial... :)

    Thank you Jcandleattic! I'm so glad it helped. Everyone has been so sweet! :) I'm tickled that folks are enjoying it. :) 

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    wowza !!!what a great job + such a awesome tutorial ! That was very kind of you - i know that took time

    to post all of that :) Im pretty new to candle + tart making + I have to admit, it's addicting lol ! 

    I have both the IGI 4794 + IGI 4625 - do you recommend using both @ 50/50 or will the 4794 alone

    do? If you don't mind a dumb question lol ! how do you know what scents to blend + at what amounts?

    Im still in the learning stages so Im not very good at blending :( Also does the 50/50 blend melt easily?

     

    Thank you in advance :) 

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    Hi Moonstar! :)

     

    I have made the melts with just the 4794 in the past and if I were in a pickle I would do again. As far as melting them and getting the results you want, I would use a regular electric tart warmer to melt them. I hope that helps....Let's see YOUR tarts melts. :)

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    Thanks so much Puma :) I promise as soon as I get some made I'll share the pics... i can assure

    you they won't be near as nice as yours :) it really is fun though, isn't it ? I wish I was better at 

    blending scents ....sigh :(

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    Yours will be just wonderful Moonstar! :) Blending scents is something that all of us approached with caution. Once you start, you just go with it. I have made some real stinkers blending, but most of the blends I have tried have been wonderful. Start out by thinking of 2 or 3 scents that you know will smell great together....like vanilla, caramel and white cake..or honeydew melon, watermelon and kiwi and just go from there. You CAN do it!  :)

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    Thanks for the encouragement Puma .... pros always make it sound so easy :) Your examples 

    give me a good starting point though :) Plus I love all the scents you referenced ! 

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    Puma, I love looking at the tutorial pictures! You did a great job! I'm such a visual learner so this was really helpful to me. All of your wax chunks look so yummy! Moonshine, yours look really great too! 

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    8 hours ago, Belinda said:

    Puma, I love looking at the tutorial pictures! You did a great job! I'm such a visual learner so this was really helpful to me. All of your wax chunks look so yummy! Moonshine, yours look really great too! 

    Thank you! I'm a visual person too Belinda and I love visual instructions. I hope it helps you create some great blends! When's your last day of school? I bet you guys are on the big count down now.:)  What are you going to do this Summer? :)

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    On 4/2/2016 at 11:17 PM, Moonstar said:

    Thanks for the encouragement Puma .... pros always make it sound so easy :) Your examples 

    give me a good starting point though :) Plus I love all the scents you referenced ! 

    Thanks Moonstar! A pro I'm not...I make mistakes too. :) Ya just get back in there and try again and you will eventually get exactly what you are wanting. This is easy to do and if I can do it anyone can. The awesome thing about these is that the scent blend combo possibilities NEVER end...you can keep the customers intrigued and coming back for more forever. :)

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    Wow! Puma!  What a terrific tutorial!  I too am a visual person and couldn't read fast enough to the end of the tutor  ial.  Your colors are simply amazing and your blends of fragrances also.....You are da queen!  I'm going to do this too and try my hand at at.  And Candybee I love love yours also!  Your colors and blends were awesome as well!  I've never used anything but 464, 415 and c3 (soy) and that will probably be way too soft so I'll have to get some other wax to add to 464 (what I use now).  What suggestion of wax do you recommend to add to the 464???  Also, I know you sell retail, so do you mind me asking what you package in?  How bout pictures? lol....you know we just love pictures! lol  Do you have a formula for arriving at a price of what to sell for?  If that is too private for me to have even asked that question....no problem....just forget I asked that!  I used to sell melts of like Christmas trees, etc and sell them in little 8oz square mason jars and it was a job but so cute...I'm just thinking now....my mind is always non stop...Oh yeah...1 more question.  If you package them in a bag, do you have a problem of smearing in the bag?  Thanks for sharing that fabulous tutorial Puma and yep, your pictures too Candybee!       Trappeur

     

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    On 6/8/2016 at 1:20 PM, debra062013 said:

    Hi,

    I have made one batch of tarts and will now start making from your recipe.

    But I wonder what the UV powder does and is it pessary?

    Thanks 

    Hi Debra,

     

    The UV powder is to help the colors stay as they are and protect the colors from bright sunlight and discoloration. The products still need to be kept out of bright sunlight as much as possible. I have always used the UV powder in every one of my candle wax products and feel that it is necessary to protect your product as much as possible from the damaging UV rays and to keep those wonderful bright colors....well as bright as they can be. :) 

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    On 7/18/2016 at 9:04 AM, Trappeur said:

     

    Hey Trappeur!

     

    You are so sweet!! You have got to make these!!! Get ready to be busy once your customers get a look and smell of these! :) It's getting towards the end of Summer and it's about time to think about the Fall and Christmas blends! Yea! :) I have never used the 464, eek , so I cannot help on blending with that wax. I hope someone else responds and helps you out. As far as what I package them in, I use the kraft tin tie window bags  tn2pla.jpgIMG 0554 (2)200copy   (pic of mine)  I buy the 1/2 lb and 1 lb bags and I sell the 1/2 lb bags for $9 and the 1 lb bags for $17. The chunk tarts are hard and might smear a little, but not much, not enough to keep me from using these bags. These chunk tarts look fabulous in these bags with a colorful label above the window and I put my warning label on the back. :)

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    I just want to say thank you so much for this tutorial ! I have wanted to try my hand at chunk tarts for ages & now I feel like I have enough knowledge to do so :) 

     

    Bought the supplies today & going to start soon ! This was a great read &your chunk tarts are stunningly beautiful 

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    You are so welcome WaxingPoetic and thank you! It's fun to share and if it helps someone's business to grow....hey it's a great thing! :yes: I know you will love making these and the blends go on and on and on. We would love to see your pics! :)

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    These were soooo fun ! I only made these two batches so far but I will be doing more within the next couple days...thank you sooo much for this tutorial, I cannot thank you enough :)

     

    mine are are not the prettiest but not bad for the first two batches :) The red & yellow are : JS Cherry Slushie ( red ) with a blend of Flaming Candle Pineapple & WSP Cake Batter Ice Cream ( yellow over pour )

     

    The second batch is : WSP Birthday Cake ( purple ) JS Blue Cotton Candy ( blue ) with JS Cotton Candy Frosting over pour

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    OHHHHHHHHHHHH YES!!!!  Just divine!! Those look awesome and the scent blends are wonderful and your colors are so pretty..........you did it..... GREAT JOB....YEA!!! :icon_highfive::bow:  Thanks so much for sharing your pics!

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    3 hours ago, puma52 said:

    OHHHHHHHHHHHH YES!!!!  Just divine!! Those look awesome and the scent blends are wonderful and your colors are so pretty..........you did it..... GREAT JOB....YEA!!! :icon_highfive::bow:  Thanks so much for sharing your pics!

    Thank you so much, that compliment means a lot to me, coming from someone who makes such beautiful things ! 

     

    I am definitely doing more this weekend ! These are addictive to make ! I bought some mini ice cube trays at Bed Bath & Beyond to try as molds for the chunks ? Not sure if it will work,  but only a few dollars for two trays ( 90 little cubes ) & it will really cut the time down if it works :)

     

    i'll update on that experiment :) Even if it doesn't, these are so fun, it doesn't feel like work, lol

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    thank you for such a wonderful visual....I am a newbie and this is exciting to try..one question  on the over pour is the wax a certain temp?  might be a silly question    thanks again

     

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    1 hour ago, Peppie said:

    thank you for such a wonderful visual....I am a newbie and this is exciting to try..one question  on the over pour is the wax a certain temp?  might be a silly question    thanks again

     

    Hi Peppie,

     

    Thank you so much, I am so glad you enjoyed and I hope you try this...it is so much fun. It's important that the overpour does not melt your chunks too much. For my overpour, it is totally melted but I pour it over the chunks as cool as I can between 160-165 with the waxes I use. NOT a silly question....an excellent question. :) Have fun and let us see YOUR chunk tart melts! :)

     

     

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    my wax should arrive tues  i bought GF464 and  pillar of Bliss was so unsure of what to start with...going to get small pans and see if i can cut recipe down to find what works...i made a sideways interest from Bath Bombs (love hate relationship) to my love of wax melts, always melted never tried to create....but going in head first <3  nothing ventured nothing gained...just broke haha

     

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