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  1. 14 points
    we all get asked all the time how long new chandlers should wait before hanging out their shingle as a new business. Often heated debates ensue which may end with hurt feelings or bruised egos. Sometimes it appears established candle businesses are just protecting their turf to deter competition. Often the advice is meant to help a new business learn the ropes before making potentially devastating mistakes. As proud chandlers, we strive to uphold high standards so our potential customer base continues to trust our hand made wares. There’s nothing like bad word of mouth to spook customers back to traditional retail. We have all made mistakes along the way. Watching someone follow the same potholed path is painful. Everyone means well. If you are thinking of starting a candle business, ask yourself a few questions to see how far you realistically need to go before you’re really ready. how do your candles compare to the competition? We all like to think we make candles that are “better” than uber popular XYZ brand, but how do we truly measure up? How do our candles stand out in a sea of other people’s wares who hope to sell the same thing? It’s no secret that many of us have tweaked and tweaked and tweaked some more since we started. When I look back to the early candles I often shake my head. If I knew then what I know now, oh boy. Can you quickly and safely reforumlate with supply changes? Not long ago the soy world was turned upside down. Many soy makers dropped out of the market simply because it seemed impossible to make a nice, safe candle with soy waxes that no longer worked. Many of us wax hopped, and hopped again until we found something that was ok. All of that time and testing cost real money, not just to make testers, but in lost sales. When you make a living from candles, that disruption could have been bankrupting. Can you easily identify and troubleshoot when something is wrong, and fix it? How many times have you discovered your wax suddenly develops cavities or sink holes as it cools? Or develops cracks as it cures? Or the wax case is super dry? Or just plain burns different from the last batch of wax? What if your new wicks don’t burn the same as those from another supplier? The more experience you have, the easier it will be to identify potentially expensive problems and fix them without breaking a sweat. How does your product age? Vegetable waxes are not stable forever. Most veg waxes are just hydrogenated vegetable oil like what you find in your pantry. It has a shelf life like shortening. How will a candle you make today look, smell and burn in a year? Paraffin is inert, but not necessarily perfect, especially with some additives. Does temperature and humidity change the candle. Some soy waxes “grow” with time. Some dry out. How does the wicking need change as the candle cures? How good are you at business? Does it even interest you? If you dislike math, well, I hate to break it to you, but you’ll need to like it a bit more. In order to become profitable you’ll need to calculate your total costs, taxes, licenses, insurance, booth rental fees, etc. and price accordingly so you don’t end up with moths in your wallet. Have a goal and then you can plan to get there. Do you have the guts to price your product for success? The one mistake we all make is to underprice. If we don’t factor in enough profit our cash flow will suffer. Cash flow is vital to business stability. Figure out what you need to make in a year to cover your costs, then work backward to calculate how many candles you will need to sell to cover that nut. For sake of easy math, if my insurance, business fees for my state, web site, labels, simple equipment, etc. in my first year was $3,000 I will need to sell how many candles to break even? Let’s say my candles sell for $10, with a cost of goods sold of $3 per candle. I need to sell 3,000 / $7 or 429 candles before I break even, assuming everything goes right. To make $1000 profit to pay myself, I need to sell another 143. At that profit, what am I making per hour? Would you like to learn more about calculating your cost of goods sold in a future article? Or about streamlining operations to make your valuable time earn more?
  2. 12 points
    I just had to share. I am not a large scale candle maker. I make small batches at a time, and sell to family, friends and through Facebook. Also have 2 wholesale accounts. I thought one had ended, but the guy finally called me yesterday wanting more candles. I told him I would have to get back with him a couple of weeks after Christmas, because yesterday, after my cousin came over to buy 10 candles, and I gave one for a gift, I had 14 candles left in my cabinet! I have never been that low! Some of those I have left are seasonal like Candy Corn and floral, although I have sold 2 or 3 floral candles this week. I should have stayed busy making more candles, but I had no idea so many customers would contact me out of the blue wanting candles in the past couple of weeks. Facebook has been a good venue for me to get new customers. Our town has a Brownsburg Chatter page and ever so often I advertise my candles and get new contacts. Several times, the customer has turned out to live in my own neighborhood and best of all, these ladies are becoming repeat customers! One more thing, to toot my own horn, I have been getting so many compliments on my candles. One customer even posted a picture of a candle she bought from me on our neighborhood Facebook page and raved about how good they are. Another customer compared them to a commercial candle, and said mine was so much better, hands down. The other one burned too high, even after trimming the wick and got soot on her ceiling. I know you all will understand how gratifying it is to make a product that people love, and how good it makes me feel when they post on Facebook, telling others they should buy my candles. I am anxious to get back to making candles, right after Christmas. Two ladies already have put orders in, plus the wholesale account. I had to quit making them for awhile, because of getting ready for Christmas and medical appointments, and having a new granddaughter born a week ago today! It is a very Happy Christmas time for our family and I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas as well.
  3. 10 points
    Apparently I'm in a sprinkles mood today. They both smell so good...
  4. 9 points
    So after a 15 year hiatus, I wanted nothing more than to start up again. Well, my best advice is, don't quit your day job. After seeing 8 clients today (the snow yesterday forced everyone into wanting a session today). Trouble is, I ran into an old friend last week (The American Soy Guy) who owns a florist business who said, "I'm having a Valentine's Day gig - bring your stuff". Okay, so I'm in pretty good shape with 25 well-tested fragrances so I"ll bite. And also, he has his eye on a new building where there would be room for my retail rise from the ashes. Sweet. Do I have Valentine stuff ready to roll? Not really, but I can gimp. My name to fame which I have yet to post pics is that I use old fruit crate labels and unlicensed vintage stuff for my labels instead of my logo. That's what set me apart from the rest eons ago. I never liked "Yankee" screaming in my kitchen so I made or free-licensed awesome fruit or laxative labels ("Fig" the natural laxative!) So I use Word to lay out my designs, usually 12 per page. Go to the printer. They're awesome. "Yeah, I remember you." Cool. Print these up in color. I got the 2 year-old grandson with me which is more information than I can reasonably print here. Pour like crazy all last weekend. 120 jars of varying sizes because that's what the florist friend is looking for. Unfortunately, not all 25 scents are tested in all sizes, so the gimp continues. Enter stage left my new-found desire for eco-friendly lids. The kraft paper lids look awesome but only with kraft labels. Trouble is, I printed some on my own printer and the Professional Printer's kraft paper doesn't match. The kraft paper lids now look like Sunshine. The grandson is left to watch Netflix cartoons and eat grapes out of the refrigerator Saturday morning. All's well. More clients with serious demands on Monday. I'm pouring in between sessions out in the "candle shed" - a 20x20 that requires a gas mask. It leaves red marks on my face and my clients ask if I've been crying. Yes, sort of, but it's because I care. Fast forward to tonight at 10:30. Last client at 7:00. Topping off the last three fragrances. Cleaning another 100 jars like crazy and applying safety stickers. At 10:30 I realize I can't find the Victorian Valentine's day vintage post card labels I THOUGHT the printer had printed last week. Can't find the thumb drive I gave to the printer. Searching frantically through the car and all coat pockets. Now also looking for cigarettes. The ones I quit 10 months ago. I have no Valentine's labels for my very demanding, very gay, extremely creative friend who I promised a great mini candle-show. I also have secured two other small wholesale accounts I sold to years ago who I thought I could peddle new designs to tomorrow over coffee in the morning. This is not going to happen even though I rescheduled 4 difficult clients. Printed out the Valentine's day labels in black and white, cut them out, and taped them to the tops of the jars which I"ve packed up so when I get the color labels printed, I will know which fragrance gets which label. Also included are beautiful displays of fake red roses, silver dishes, some fancy potpourri . . . you get the picture. My plan is to hit the printer's as early as possible, beg and plead to get the color Valentine labels printed, cut out and applied to the candles, and set up my display at my florist friend's place, drive back to my house, see three clients, drive back to the florist's, see how the Valentine's day gig is going (a local winery who has advertised in both newspaper and radio will be there), and reschedule the other two wholesale account meetings. A hot mess I could not have orchestrated better myself. Hoping you all have a better day pending.
  5. 9 points
    Maybe it's an intervention topic? "My friend is using FOs, and it's starting to take over his life..." Not sure we'd be much help with that. 😂
  6. 9 points
    1. Do sales to my sister count? 2. Oh yeah! Lots. At least the part I remember. 3. I'd sell wholesale, partsale, anysale. 4. Well... I have a checking account. At least I did before I got in the candle "bidness". 5. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. Depends on the day. 6. Does always PLANNING on doing them count? 7. YES! I do have an Etsy Shop. Nobody buys anything though. @MilosCandles is getting all the business. As far as Amazon, I mostly just send them money. 8. Should I count myself? 9. I don't even have a storeback. 10. Yes. I'm looking at a trash can full of them right now. 11. Mostly I just think about creating them. 12. I wish I hadn't taken my advice. No--- I don't do anything myself. The guy that works for me does all my testing (see answer 8). "Can a person really know all about this subject and expect to start up in a month or 2?" Hey, I did it. Right?
  7. 9 points
    I thought about this topic for a while and I realized that the best throwing wax is that wax I got to make melts, you know, the wax you have to hit with a hammer to break off a piece. If I was going to throw some wax that would be the one. I've already thrown it on the garage floor a couple of times, and I keep a chunk of it on my bed side table in case I need to throw it at a bugler.Yes sir, if you want a wax for throwing, that is the one.
  8. 9 points
    I got tired of the metal wick holders sliding everywhere so I had these made. More on order already. I was spending was too much time make sure the wicks were centered. This should save me tons of time and space since I can now put them right next to each other.
  9. 9 points
    Funny you posted this. I have been watching my etsy site, my sales are way up from last year. The biggest thing I changed was my pictures. Last spring I bought a "photo Studio" on amazon and some wood like back drops. Then then to Michael's and bought some props. I spent like $200 total. Plus I had an empty bedroom. LOL I was making a new website (online store) for myself and decided I need to get some good pictures and needed specific ones for certain parts of my website. So with a little help from my girlfriend we started playing around. I needed something that as I added product I could easily reproduce to keep things consistent. Last 30 Day Stats compared to same time last year. I was paying for Ad's on Etsy but I am not any more. I was paying last year, not this year. Total Views Up 65% Visits Up 50% Orders Up 130% Revenue Up 134% The way I interpret those stats is that Yes more people as seeing my items, BUT WAY more are actually buying them. My descriptions really did not change, my titles did not change. Tags did get tweeked a little. I did raise my prices from last year. I always had good reviews. I have to attribute this to the new pictures. My old pics weren't bad, but far from good. Do a search on Etsy and I bet if you find good pictures they also have good amount of sales. FYI - This is my 4th Christmas Season on Etsy
  10. 8 points
    I am not reading this post, I already have too many FOs. Just think of me as the see no evil monkey🙈
  11. 8 points
    I just made the switch to paperboard tubes lip balm instead of plastic!!!!!!
  12. 8 points
    I thought it would be interesting in knowing how long it took you to get started in business selling candles or soap/bath items. I've posted a few questions here pertaining to this subject. 1. How long did it take you after realizing you wanted to make a business out of it to actually sell wholesale or retail? Was it a good choice for you? 2. You spend lots of dollars? 3. Do you sell wholesale? 4. How do you get your business meaning how do you secure accounts? 5. Is this a full time job or do it for the fun.? Do you have a job besides this? 6. Do you do craft shows? 7. Do you sell on Etsy or Amazon? 8. Do you have employees? 9. Do you have a storefront? 10. Do you print your own labels? 11. Where do you create your products ....in the kitchen or have a certain area area in your home or separate workshop? 12. What advice can you give to someone who wants to make a business out of this? Do you do all your own testings and what is the projected time you could tell someone they could be ready to sell? Can a person really know all about this subject and expect to start up in a month or 2? What are the pros and cons? Trappeur
  13. 8 points
    I can't believe I'm doing this so early, but I haven't made anything in almost 6 months now, since well before our move. I listed all my equipment & supplies and will consider my notes to go with it all. I will, of course keep a case of wax and a Presto pot for myself but will not be selling when my stock is gone (only melts and warmers left). YIKES! it's scary in a way but I'm making way more $ selling vintage jewelry and I'm loving doing that even more than my zen candle time. I guess it's my next phase? Also keeping up on B & B and doing R&D for a company making CBD distillates so that may end up a full time job!
  14. 8 points
    I rewrite descriptions on my web (with same scent notes, but some with humor, some with wit added and make the scent descriptions fun to read. I also rename 95% of the scents I use and trademark a lot of my names through USTPO. I cannot tell you how many customers are drawn to the names .... it's a conversation piece and then they want to smell and sniff test. It's an amazing marketing tool if you have imagination and creativity 😍 Cheers! CC
  15. 8 points
    Took a few pictures last Saturday of my Christmas market. I will be going back this Saturday too. I love these markets cause they make a lot of money for me for the holiday season.
  16. 8 points
    You're selling candles, but you don't know what you're doing? The first thing I would do is stop selling candles until I knew I had a tested product that I was fully confident about. These are candles, unlike most other crafts, they need to be taken seriously. It's an art and a science that deserves the time and patience to make a safe, enjoyable product.
  17. 7 points
    Crap happens in 3's. Your done now.. Everything will be back to normal.
  18. 7 points
    I thought I would share pictures of my Easter labels for my apple orchard account. Every year I make up a small limited collection of Easter candles for the displays that they make up in the orchard store. I use the pint canning jar for this account with yellow and green lids from Fillmore. So this small collection I did I did in assorted labels as shown. They really work real nice together. Thanks for looking! Trappeur This yellow label I'm just doing in Apple Cider Donut. For this pink label I did a blend of Lilac from Flaming and Vanilla Voodoo from Candle Cocoon. For this green label I did in Lemon Cheesecake and Coconut Caramel from Flaming. Boy if you haven't tried this Coconut Caramel, you need to! It's awesome! For this green label I did in Pineapple Marshmallow Peeps. Its a blend of Pineapple Cilantro from Flaming and one of my Marshmallows For this label I did 1 scent in Fresh Rain from Fillmore and then another scent called Daffodil which is a blend I do using Daffodil from Flaming and Fresh Cut Grass from Flaming. Is a great combo blend!
  19. 7 points
    Here’s a short video of how I replace a wick assembly in a tin during burn testing. The advantage of this method over swapping untabbed wick is the stability the tab provides all the way to the end of the burn. Untabbed wicks tend to lean pretty early in a test candle, which forces flame far out of center. A leaning wick makes for an inaccurate wick test.
  20. 7 points
    If I were them I'd rebrand as "Peak Chaos" and just use the drama as a marketing angle. "We may or may not be here tomorrow- Order now! Use promo code #impermanence" at checkout for free freight"
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  22. 7 points
    It's kind of sad to say, but candle making isn't holding my interest as much as it once was. As soon as I started sculpting my own candles, well, I just kept sculpting! Here's a small sample of what I've been up to. Also, for the record, the pipes are just the canvases for some of these pieces. They are not meant to be smoked from, and I warn people before they buy that if I ever see one has been smoked from I'll smack them! Also also, the last one is still a work in progress, but it's really close! Enjoy!
  23. 7 points
    Should I tell the long version, or the short version. Hmmmm. The long version. My daughter found a listing on Facebook Marketplace for 12 oz Libbey Status jars with flat lids. $10 a dozen or best offer. So I messaged the seller and told him I wanted to buy 15 dozen cases. I asked him if he would take $125 since he said best offer and he agreed on that price. So we met yesterday and he said he just went ahead and gave me 18 dozen jars since the lids come 6 dozen to a case and he didn't want to break up a case and count out 3 dozen lids. I gave him an extra $5.00 for the 3 extra cases, even though he said I didn't have to. So I brought the jars home and my daughter pulled one out of the box, and it was so small! The jars weren't 12 ounces; they were 8 ounces. I was so disappointed. I was looking for some 12 oz jars to replace some 12 oz jars I couldn't get anymore. I called the man and told him I had responded to an ad that listed 12 oz Libbey Jars. He said he couldn't believe he had done that. Very apologetic. I thought he just brought me the wrong jars, but he didn't even have any 12 oz jars. I was trying to figure out what to do, I really didn't want any more 8 ounce jars since I used 8 ounce jelly jars for my country line of candles. But I told the guy I would keep them if he would refund me $30. So we met again and he gave me a refund. I got 18 dozen jars for $100.00! That is 46 cents a jar! Just to see how good of a deal I got, I went to Candlewic and put in 18 dozen Libbey jars. Total with shipping and tax would have been $592.00! I decided I will use these more elegant jars for "elegant" scents like Lemon Verbena and Aloe & White Lilac and French Lavender & Honey. Not scents like Apple Pie and Cinnamon. I just had to share with you all who would understand and appreciate the awesome deal I got even if they weren't 12 ounces.
  24. 7 points
    Since I'm debuting melts in a tin, this will be a new product for my apple orchard account and I came across a tabletop easel in an 8x10 size that Zazzle makes along with my labels and I thought this would look nice sitting on top of the shelf unit where the melts would be. I thought it would be a good marketing strategy and wanted to get opinions on what I designed. Trappeur
  25. 7 points
    Thought I would share a few pictures of some Valentines Day Candles I made for my apple orchard account. Just made a couple for a display they usually set up in the front of the store for holidays. So I did misc. jars and even did some Strawberry Champagne ones in a 2 wine glasses I had.. Since the jars were left overs I'm going to offer at a special low price to get rid of them. Thanks for looking. Trappeur......
  26. 7 points
    I have a friend in downtown Blue Ridge who has had this restaurant for years there and he has been bringing me wonderful care packages of food for me to help me out and he came the other day for a visit and as we were visiting he was looking at all the candles I had been making and asked if I would make up a line of candles for him. Of course yes so I just ordered my labels that he hasn't even seen yet and am working on his order now. It was such a hard decision to come up with what scents that I think he would love but I did. He loves all baking scents. Here is a picture of his label. Also this man is a man after my own heart. Everyday you will find him about 7:30 in the morning and 5:00 at night out in the parking lot feeding all the homeless cats that live in the woods on the side of Food Lion. You should see this. When he pulls into the parking lot, all the 20 odd cats creep out of the woods and they will all be lined up on the side of the parking lot waiting for this man to come with food. And you can actually see that these many cats know exactly when he is arriving as they know his car. So he goes into Food Lion every morning and night and spends 30.00 each time and buys only "Fancy Feast" as that is what they are used to. So he spends $420.00 a week just for Fancy Feast. If you take a walk over to the area in the woods you will also see all these little cat houses that someone from the Humane Society made for him and this guy donates the houses for the homeless cats. Also every time a new cat appears Warren either spends money out of his own pocket to get all the cats fixed or there is a woman who helps out at the Humane Society who will come out, trap any feral cat and she takes them to a vet to be fixed all free of charge. As a matter of fact the 2 kittens that I rescued this summer Warren came out to my house 2 weeks ago and picked up my 2 kittens and had them spayed for me. Even though they are not feral any more, he did for me, just because he knew I needed the help. They are now back safe and sound. I named them Orphan (the adopted one who had a broken tail in many places and only 1/2 a tail. I named them "Orphan and Annie"....lol Trappeur Trappeur..... Here is my label...I hope he likes.....well he will Warren said all the money he makes off of each candle will go to food and healthcare.
  27. 7 points
    When reading reviews, I am always skeptical. I look for a general consensus about performance, quality, value, etc. I never put much stock in any single review. Most people who post reviews do not have the understanding or experience to know how to make a really excellent candle. Except one time a read a review on CS from some @bfroberts person, and I was like "Shoooo, that girl knows her sh*t!". 😆
  28. 7 points
    Wow, boy did I get an awesome throw within 10 minutes in 464 using Fillmores French Vanilla! Very Impressive and almost immediately did I find how super this vanilla did especially with all these dang problems in throw on 464. I made a 2 wick - 2 cd 5's in the new containers I bought from Candles & Supplies with the brass lids....love love love it and can't believe it. The French Vanilla was very nice....was not a super rich deep vanilla but well enough to add to my line. Now I'm going to maybe add some VV to test if I can make a little more richer....if not, this will be my new go to vanilla. Just thought I would tell all! I'm a very happy camper! Here are a few pictures of my new jar which is stunning! I already have a restaurant in town who is going to carry these jars and ordered them. Trappeur
  29. 7 points
    Pip, why do you feel you need to go up to 10%oil? Just because the manufacturer says the wax can hold up to 10% oil, does not mean it is the right thing to do. If you can't figure out your wick sizing now doesn't mean you won't if you keep at it and continue testing. This takes time and patience. Sooting and smoking is from over wicked candles and even to much oil clogs the wicks. If you continue keep it at 6% which most of us use. I wouldn't go over 7 maybe 7.5 percent oil to a pound of wax. Your asking for trouble going over that amount and certainly I believe 10% is off the charts myself. If you can't progress from there I would ditch that oil and move on......How long did these candles cure???That's important. You need to give your candle a fighting chance to perform and rushing is certainly not going to help. Frustration is part of the game here too. You say you like the htp's. I still use them at times. And they do curl, but the further down you burn them, the wax will catch up and clean the side walls. Do you test burn all the way to the very end? I'm thinking not and you give up way too soon, otherwise you would see how the wax does catch up. We've all been there, done that. Too much frustration? Walk away and come back tomorrow and start over. 6006 is a very popular wax that so many use. Search 6006 here and you will find tons of info. Another bit of advice is don't jump around and give up on that wax and start looking for another wax when you haven't given this wax a fighting chance. Over the course of the many years on this forum, I see so many do it all the time. I get frustrated watching so many do this and I don't even use that wax. Learn how your wax performs and get to know the wax inside and out. have KWIM? Good luck! Trappeur
  30. 7 points
    Tonight is the 1st night in at least the 6-8 weeks that I have ALL orders made (as of this minute) . It has been an exhausting season and it is hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away. Having this small business is great but I miss so much of the season. I work my 9-5 job during the day and then come home go in the basement every night, and usually spend most of the weekends here also. I know any orders I get tomorrow (Wed) can still make it in the mail (by thursday) and in time for xmas. So I know I will have a few more last minute orders. I try to accommodate all last minute shoppers. The 1st year I did this I needed to shut down my etsy store just a few days into December. I was not even close to prepared for the number of orders I was going to get. Which is about a days work this year. This was my 4th xmas season, and I thought last year was crazy. My sales increased WAY more that I could imagine and I generally kept my head above water for the most part. I do enjoy the rush I get seeing the number of sales coming in though. LOL BUT I am looking forward to getting back to somewhat of a normal life. And it being OK to take a few nights away from the basement and going to bed before midnight.
  31. 7 points
    I ordered some containers from dream vessels. They're quite nice, weighty and substantial and remind me a lot of a voluspa candle. Easy to wick 3" inner diameter. I'm burning this one at my desk right now.
  32. 7 points
    There are so many candles out there that are "made with love"- at this point someone could really set themselves apart by using the tagline "poured with indifference" 😏
  33. 6 points
    I might do it for like $100 a slice LOL. Looks like a butt load of work.
  34. 6 points
    My personal pet peeve, fine, ONE of my pet peeves is when people who just joined a forum and start asking what our favorite, best, cheapest, etc. source for so and so is. A**HOLE, at least contribute SOMETHING first. Grease the wheel SOME. oy.
  35. 6 points
    Unless you’re in the business of selling necessities, you undoubtedly rely on your buyers’ emotions to keep your doors open. A follow up to finding your ideal customer (https://www.craftserver.com/topic/114149-who-is-your-ideal-customer/) is how to make that ideal customer feel fabulous so they absolutely HAVE to buy your products. When a product strikes that emotional cord, your relatioship with the customer changes in your favor. Delighted customers stop looking at the price tag so closely, allowing you to increase your margins which increases your business’ financial health. Cash flow is king! One type of customer feels fabulous buying something at a high end department store. Price tag does not matter since the product is worth it to them emotionally. Take a look at Diptyque candles for a sec. https://www.diptyqueparis.com/collection34/index/home/ they describe their scents as legendary. Who doesn’t want to be legendary? the average 7-8 oz candles start at retail prices of $80. Pretty jars. Juicy descriptions. Or closer to home, Jo Malone. Their basic jars start in the $70 range. https://www.jomalone.com/products/3560/for-the-home/home-candles Or Tom Ford. https://www.tomford.com/private-blend-oud-wood-candle/T55J.html?cgid=3-555-626&dwvar_T55J_color=OC#start=3 square jars that start at near$100 Not quite your cuppa? Then how about Capri blue? https://www.capri-blue.com/products/candles/volcano-blue-signature-jar/ $30 retail is slightly higher price point than many here are comfortable with, but means a simpler, well paved road into profitable wholesale that actually makes the transaction worth while. people covet those products, while often you and I get stuck feeling worried about asking a dollar or two more for a “fancy” jar. Just thinking out loud, how nice would it be to sell one candle for $100 versus 10+ for the same money? What ever would we do with all that extra TIME (and money)?
  36. 6 points
    Hi Moonstar, Well, it sure is an on going battle and I have good days and bad, but I'm still alive and am determined I'm going to beat this. I'm so happy to have my happy pills. Trappeur PS: Thanks for asking.
  37. 6 points
    The worst thing about trying other waxes is you learn something. The best thing is you learn something.
  38. 6 points
    I found these jars on Amazon - 24 for 17.99 with free prime shipping. They hold 1 ounce and I'm making them as little sample jars of wax for the different scents I offer to stores. I thought this would be a great idea instead of bringing my actual little 1 oz fragrance oils. Trappeur
  39. 6 points
    The last 2 days I have been busy making candles for myself - all crystal of jars I have been saving up for a rainy day to do and now I have them done. Lots of pictures. These are very big diameter candles. The beige vintage crock is 8" diameter. The little green votive I tried my hand at rubbing gold mica on it....was ok...need to perfect it. Thanks for looking. Trappeur
  40. 6 points
    Passing along a great article about branding from one of my favorite marketing blogs https://blog.hubspot.com/agency/develop-brand-identity?utm_campaign=Marketing Blog - Daily Emails&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69252998
  41. 6 points
    I went for a nap at 1:00 this afternoon Candybee and just got up at 7:00...so I'm wide eyed alert! Am heating up some wax to get candles going for orders. I'll be up to 2:00 as usual now..but that's ok. Got my basement woodstove cranked up with more wood, just loaded up a wheel barrow of logs for it. Now I'm getting a fire going behind my easy chair, got my candles going and glowing. I heard Tuesday we are supposed to get 4 to 7" of snow. Omg, that will be a disaster and I'll be stuck here as everything shuts down and I won't even be able to get down the mountain. But that's ok. Cabin Fever is a natural for me. As long as I have my propane tank with gas and since I don't have a heating system in my house, I'm good to go with the wood. Oh yes, I have plenty of "happy pills too"..... The other day, a neighbor dropped off a cord of wood to me. He is so nice this 70 year old man and he even made home made chicken stew he brought me with all his farm raised vegetables he grows in his yard. I love to eat like that. I'll be good to go if we get hit with the storm. I have my Reeces peanut butter cups and ton's of other goodies too. The only bad thing that happens is when I lose power, but I have backup big jugs of water ready to flush the toilet. It's been very cold here. The putty tats stay cuddled up warm in the many cat beds on the porch and a few come in. You should see when I have a fire going in the fireplace here. They are all gather around the hearth as they love fires. Now I do have heating pads on the beds on the porch for them too. Geesh, I wonder where the possums have been lately since it is so cold here as I haven't seen any these past few day. Here is a picture I just snapped this afternoon....They are cuddlers. The more cats in a box the more they like it. They are all in a heated box but still wrap themselves around one another. Just such cutie patooties! Here is Freckles waiting as I start a fire.
  42. 6 points
    Hi Laura! Thankyou! I had a good day today and feel stronger, so much in fact that I carried up a load of wood in my arms for heat in the fireplace. I was only able to do 1 little stick before because the chemo just drains me so bad....but today was a good day,just took my happy pill for pain and actually am enjoying a nice fire behind me in my chair. Actually haven't been out of my nightgown in 4 days, no makeup on....just bleh....lolHere are a few pictures saying hello to everyone. Trappeur
  43. 6 points
    I guess what's so mind boggling to me is that even with all the competition no one seems to be going the extra mile to set themselves apart. I keep a few suppliers names as well, and I do use a bunch of scents straight/no blending. But I can't imagine wanting to be one of a dozen stalls under one roof with a shelf of "Macintosh Apple, Clean Cotton, Very Vanilla and Oakmoss & Amber." There's so much amazing creativity on this board. I feel so fortunate to have found Craft Server. It's definitely made me a better candle maker, and it's made me want to go that extra mile.
  44. 6 points
    In another thread TT suggested I should write an article about photographing our products, and while I have some basic knowledge in this area, unless you’re selling grandchildren or sunsets my experience is limited. So to build on my knowledge base I did a little research, and I found this excellent article on Etsy’s site. Not being one to reinvent the wheel I thought I would post this here. Also this is just one part of ETSY’s Seller Handbook which contains information on many other subjects that would be helpful to anyone wanting to sell on-line. https://www.etsy.com/seller-handbook/article/the-ultimate-guide-to-product/143986679284
  45. 6 points
    I know these should have been done +4 months ago, but I just got around to doing them today. Lol inside is supposed to be a reverse feather swirl that I’m hoping will resemble a Christmas tree. We’ll see. Lol cut tomorrow. Scented with a mix of 3 love spells because I needed it to stay fluid. It did for the most part. I'm anxious to see what the inside looks like. I know it's not going to look exactly like I wanted it, but I want to know how differently from what I imagine it will be than what it actually is. I'll cut and post tomorrow or the next day.
  46. 6 points
    There have been many times in my life that I have Cursed the USPS. But as a small business owner I love them. Few things I have learned that will hopefully help someone else. Few things I do I do buy 6x4x4 brown boxes to use. (Cost me about $.30 each) 1 - Under 1 pound (15.9 ounces or less) I ship First Class Mail. 15.9 ounces in a 6x4x4 box cost my $4.94 2 - If there is over 1 pound in the 6x4x4 box I can put that box it in a Flat Rate Bubble envelope and ship Flat Rate Priority Mail for $6.90 (includes $100 Insurance) 3 - If I need 2 6x4x4 boxes I can put them box in a Priority Mail Regional A box. Because I am in the Buffalo, NY most packages I send cost me between $7.10 - $8.25 (includes $100 Insurance) if they are going WAY across the country maybe $10 4 - I can fit 4 of my 6x4x4 boxes in a Rate B box. The most I think that cost me is like $12. (includes $100 Insurance) After that it is cheaper to use Fedex or UPS. USPS Insurance is SOOOO simple and easy. I have filed 3 claims in the last few months (many more over the years). I just ask the customer to send me 3 pictures of the damage. I open a claim online and in 2-3 weeks they send me a check. In the mean time I am just making and sending the customer a new candle. Everyone is happy in the end. Basically another sale for me. If you have never used a USPS Regional Rate Box (A or B ) order some and try them. To get the biggest discounts on USPS shipping I use 90% of the time I use PirateShip 10% - Shippo (Both Free) This was my drop off Monday morning at the post office which is like a mile from my house and on the way to my 9-5 job.
  47. 6 points
    I don't find using a cooling rack helps much. One thing I've started doing more recently is (especially in larger containers) pouring a small amount of wax to fill about an inch at the bottom. Once I notice it starting to cool and turn white, then I fill the container. That first "pour" sets the foundation for the rest of the wax to cool evenly. Ideally, you want the bottom to start cooling before the top. In my 14+ ounce containers, I don't run into issues using that technique. All in all, adds about a minute to the pouring process--not a bad tradeoff for even cooling!
  48. 6 points
    What toxic category is paraffin? Pure Paraffin itself is pretty inert. Think Gulf canning wax. You can eat it with no ill effects other than some interesting gut movement. Mineral oil (liquid paraffin) is also inert. It’s used in medical procedures to resolve impactions among other things. Petroleum jelly kept my late grandmother looking youthful into her 90’s To find data for your vybar, I would ask the retailer or manufacturer for a SDS (safety data sheet). That should tell you all you need to make the decision for your use. Keep in mind, too, that we are never told what is in the fragrances or colorant’s, etc. burned in our candles as it is trade secret. Paraffin candles get a really slanted bad rap, mostly because the soy industry did a marvelous job with their smear campaign. Wicked improperly any candle can be filthy. Wicked well, any candle can be nice and clean.
  49. 6 points
    One thing I used to do when I did shows is I bought a pretty little guest book /comment book that I had sitting on the table for people to sign in and leave their comments on. Actually in my guest book I made columns like this: Name/Address/Email Address/comments Every time someone would stop by at my booth, I would tell them to sign my guest register and I would send pictures and any pertinent info to them as I had their email address. You would be surprized at how just about everyone would gladly sign in and leave all their beautiful comments. I got a lot of business and could followup to them with just their email. This is just a suggestion. Trappeur
  50. 6 points
    Everyone take a deep breath. Nobody was intentionally banned, the forum software is convoluted and sometimes does weird things. I won’t go into details, just know I dug in to the back end and untangled a giant mess. Let’s all remember why we are here. This is a sharing site. We were all beginners once. We were all new to a community once. We are all ‘broken’ in some way outside of the community an seek an escape from the unlleasantness of the outside world. We found each other here to enjoy a community that lifts our crafting skills allowing us to lift the next person. The knowledge shared by those before us is what propells us forward. We put in the time and figure out new things, test new technology, and discover how to navigate these new wax and wick issues. We do it together. Not everyone fits the culture, so in that case there are other forums and Facebook. No worries. I’ve been part of that forum noted in earlier posts and have had a dagger squarely placed in my heart for not understanding the culture. It is not a place anyone wants to be any longer, aside from those lonely few who continue to throw the daggers. That is not us. Craft on family. The holidays are here, let’s spread some cheer. Show me some candles.
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