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  1. 5 points
    the cutest the little fire hazards you ever did see
  2. 4 points
    Once I stopped comparing myself to other people, things became a lot more clear. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says is important. As long as my candle meets my customers expectations and they are fully satisfied why should I worry about what a random Facebook or forum member might think it’s perfect? They don’t pay my bills. Over the summer a Customer asked me who my competition was. He expected to hear any or all of the other merchants at the fair. My response was simple. “Myself. I compete against myself. I’m the only one that matters”. He was taken aback for a minute and then he nodded in complete understanding.
  3. 3 points
    @TallTayl i never saw the ruler video 😂 that would be overkill for me!! Pour temp hasn’t seemed to affect my final product — but, I only use 1 wax and 1 vessel and my pour temp is vary rarely more than 2-3 degrees different. I have never branched out because this is a side business for me and I don’t have the time/inclination to make additional product to increase my bottom line or fulfill customer desires.
  4. 3 points
    If everything else about your candle is good I wouldn’t worry about wet spots....I used to be the same way but no matter the technique they always come back in temp changes at some point unless your using a wax that really really sticks with excellent adhesion I don’t look at that picture and think anything of the aesthetics - I think they look great 🤷‍♀️ have you seen most all commercial jars out there- they are full of wet spots - the ones that are ugly to me are clear jars with colored wax the only other suggestion I have that I haven’t seen is to make sure you clean your jars really good with alcohol - that helped some for me but I’m so over that now - I finally found a wax combo that works in all aspects for me so a few wet spots I don’t even look at it 😂
  5. 3 points
    You will get to a point where they no longer annoy you. Sometimes the candles are perfect for months and then viola a wet spot appears as the wax changes temperature and shrinks more. When I first realized it will happen sometimes no matter what you do/try, I embraced them. The frosting I never got over, so I only colored my palm candles & melts.
  6. 3 points
    All of the wood wicks I’ve ever burned dry out tremendously over time. All I do is I throw them in my Presto pot with enough wax to cover them. Then I heat until I don’t see any more champagne bubbles coming from them. Since I started doing that my problems getting them to light and draw wax consistently had disappeared. Maybe I’m just lucky? Or crazy?
  7. 3 points
    Is it real this time? It’s really sad because this used to be my favorite supplier.
  8. 2 points
    Haste makes waste. Nothing worse than learning how to fix mistakes or raw material problems while under pressure. we’re heading into cold weather when manufacturing (and shipping) of candles becomes extra tricky. I like to have experienced all 4 seasons with products before diving in. Manufacturing in cold can be as problematic as manufacturing in hot, humid weather. Shrinking candles in frozen airplanes can cause candles to rattle in containers, wicks to come unstuck, etc. I received a set of coconut candles from a trendy seller that arrived without the wicks. The wax shrunk enough to allow the wicks to pull back through the entire candle in transit. The wax tipped out of the jars leaving wicks as if they were never in the candle to begin with. Bizarre! The year when soy began to change drastically I learned that some “dependable” soy blends cracked right through the whole candle while it cured on the shelf. Looked great when it went on the shelf. Picked it for an order and it was in 2 pieces with a vertical crack across the wick. the wax at that time contained water injected during the hydrogenation process and was no good. Thankfully we had enough experience with other waxes to get back on track fairly quickly. it’s nice to know how your products age. If you made and tested your candles in summer, how will they burn in winter and vice versa. I tested my summer tins in northern Illinois winter. Was super proud. Sent one to a trusted candle friend in spring as I was rolling them out and they were over wicked by a lot fo warmer weather. Conversely, wicking a fresh candle and not testing it several months later can find your candles underwicked by a lot. when you think you’re ready to sell professionally, factor in the business costs and product liability insurance. Those add up quick. Not every hobby needs to be a hustle. You can just enjoy making and burning candles for the craft.
  9. 2 points
    Good for you to sticking to just a few FO's. I'm just not that disciplined.
  10. 2 points
    That's an awesome tip, @Sarah S...adding the Kentucky Bourbon, etc. to bakery scents to make them more grown up. You may have just single-handedly saved a dozen bottles of FO in my cabinet from being thrown out.
  11. 2 points
    I love the title of your topic. How very apt.
  12. 1 point
    My daughter and I are going on a little trip and I decided to make a 4 hour drive from where we'll be to Nature's Garden, because I LOVE that place. Some of you may recall, I went there a couple of years ago, but they closed at 5:00 and we got there at 4:15. So I didn't have time to do it justice. So much to smell, so little time. This time we are getting a hotel close to there the night before and I will have the day to go smell to my heart's content. But last night, I pulled out all my Nature's Garden FO's to see what I needed to restock, and realized that I REALLY don't need to go to Nature's Garden. I mean, besides all these, I have a ton of other FO's from Aztec and Candlewic and FB and Rustic Escentuals and Candlescience and Mill Creek and the Candlemaker's Store and the list goes on. I'm trying to think of the pluses: 1.My daughter is buying me some FO's for Christmas (I'm going to give her a list to choose from once I smell to my heart's content). 2. All that mileage will help on business expenses. 3. It will make me happy. That's all I got. Minuses: 1. It's a 4 hour drive from where we'll be. 2. I have more fragrance oil now than I could use up in years probably. So tell me to be reasonable.
  13. 1 point
    I use a bamboo skewer as a place holder if not wicking, problem is after first wick test your wax has to be soft enough to run that skewer back down to try another size. Heat gun is all I need to clean up after inserting wick.
  14. 1 point
    Sorry it didn't work out for us to meet. Actually I forgot to check on this forum to see if you were coming. Should have gotten your phone number. I smelled all the pumpkins you mentioned ( except Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti) but the one I liked best OOB were Pumpkin Crunch Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake. I didn't get either because I have so many pumpkins, but I put them on my Christmas list for my daughter to pick from. I did like the Apple Dumpling but also liked Apple Cinnamon Streusel which I bought. Hot Baked Apple Pie is on my Christmas list. I already have the Candy Cane. I did limit myself but it was hard. I only got one spring/summer scent and it was a restock. I have so many FO's for the warmer months and don't sell nearly as many of those. I put Denim on my Christmas list. I like the name and the fragrance OOB Oh, and I really hope I get Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies for Christmas. Once again, I like the name and the scent.
  15. 1 point
    What are you reconsidering? Going with prop coverage? i am leaning toward no prop coverage since I can’t really prove what it would be worth, like for if they take amortization into account. I, done with markets and Faire, so pretty minimal equipment and such now.
  16. 1 point
    I'm glad you decided to go! Sounds like you had a great time.
  17. 1 point
    For every oil, in every skin product product you’ll need to refer to the IFRA limits.
  18. 1 point
    Butterscotch pudding from CW is really strong. I've used it for butterbeer. I haven't tried the others listed though.
  19. 1 point
    Look for a flame that appear proportional to the container. If it looks too big, it probably is. I really wish you tube and Facebook groups would just stop with the whole full melt pool in x hours in first burn nonsense. I you’ve ever burned one of their candles, just wait til the half way point. Yeehaw they get hot and sooty, a little hang up is not the same as tunneling. Hang up on the first third of the candle, especially in taller jars, helps create a perfect environment for Safe and true scent throw throughout the candle’s life.
  20. 1 point
    I have a kids' perfume in a cherry vanilla scent and I'm absolutely loving it. Is there a supplier with a good one? Or a good cherry slushie type? If I get a good slushie / candy type scent I could try adding some vanilla to it.
  21. 1 point
    Do you see any comments/complaints from people regarding the level of materials in a container candle? I would expect that there could be a considerable difference in the level of wax from one candle to another depending on the density and percentage of the FO used, along with the size of the container.. I've never actually paid attention to that sort of thing when I've seen candles at retailers....until I started attempting to make candles myself. Do your customers seem to notice/care? That brings up another question. When you fill do you weigh each candle? Or do you just weigh the first and fill the rest to that approximate level?
  22. 1 point
    Lucky! you can absolutely make beeswax scented candles. The wick needed will be pretty big for beeswax, as compared to other traditional waxes, but it can be done, beeswax shines in taper and pillar form, and struggles in containers. Some of the easiest scented beeswax I make is poured tapers.
  23. 1 point
    I too say go for it. I want to go there some day. I'm only about 2 hours away.
  24. 1 point
    A flame in a flammable container? What am I missing? Is the bowl treated with something? I mean, if there is seriously a 100% safe way to make candles in wooden vessels, my brain will explode from the possibilities, but it definitely defies my brand of logic. https://meltoncandlecompany.com/collections/farmhouse-collection/products/the-bowl
  25. 1 point
    After taking a deep breath and walking away from my studio for a few hours yesterday, I decided to try this. I poured at 170 and poured with the jars in the box they were shipped in with the dividers. Can you even believe it? It worked. No lines. Really pretty candles. Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions and for listening and actually caring! The wet spots might come back which means I better get them delivered to my customers before that happens.
  26. 1 point
    Your brilliant idea of using the Koozies was wonderful. The problem for me is that my 3.5 inch cube glasses are too big for the Koozies. I prefer NOT to have pull away and the best way to guarantee this for me has been to warm the glasses before pouring. (another time consuming step). I thought that the Koozies idea would be perfect to hold the heat in and avoid pull away. I decided to look for Neoprene fabric and make my own to fit my cube glasses. Suddenly, I saw some silver insulation laying in the corner, because I always save packaging material so I can reuse it when packaging and shipping my candles. I decided to try using it and it worked wonderfully. I just cut it, wrapped it around the glass and taped it together. Now I just slide the glasses into them before pouring at 150 degrees and ... NO MORE pull away. Thank you so much for the idea. Below is with and without the pull away. The one on the left has the undesired pull-away ... the one on the right is perfect using the homemade insulated Koozies. Below is a picture of my homemade insulated Koozies. I was able to get a dozen from the sheet that I had.
  27. 1 point
    I also wanted to add..... wet spots annoy me, but I am trying hard to get over it. That's what prompted me to do that little experiment.
  28. 1 point
    I am freaking out right now! I have been pouring for 15+ years and NEVER wore a mask! Yesterday I poured for 8+ hours, then came home and made hot process soap. My shop is big and all open space (1250 sq ft, w/ another 350 sq ft gift shop, but I close that door) but I keep the windows closed most days, to keep down the drafts so they set up nice. I do take a walk and get fresh air between the candle pouring and the soap making. Yesterday was one of those days where I poured so many different scents, that I get a little scratchy throat so started thinking about the safety thing. I am REALLY mad at myself for not wearing a mask all these years! And hear I buy organic foods, never clean with chemicals, don't take any kind of medicine unless its an herb....and I go and pour with these dangerous f/0 and dont even think of wearing a mask?! Now mind you, its not every day I pour like this, just this time of year, but still.....I am freaking out. What have I done to my body?! I need to do a major DETOX!
  29. 1 point
    Agree with everyone about Lemon Pucker from BCN RE Lemon Slices Genwax Juicy Bits of Orange (the best orange ever!) NG Ruby Red Grapefruit Bramberry Lime RE Lime Freeze
  30. 1 point
    I hate to break it to you, but if you are looking for perfection, you've chosen the wrong craft. LOL I can't speak for all your waxes, but with 4630 here's the thing. If you want a symmetrical MP, go with LX. The downside is the wicks will need to be trimmed for an optimal burn and some mushrooming may be present. HTP are self-trimming, but the MP will not be symmetrical and you'll have to be mindful of the MP depth to keep the wicks from leaning. Zincs burn nice and cool, symmetrical pool and are rigid core but are prone to mushrooming, and again with the trimming. And so on and so forth. It's always something. This is the craft of trade-offs. It sounds like you are throwing darts at a wall to see what sticks. Just focus on one wax and one or two recommended wick series. Dial that in. You'll just muddy the waters blending this and that and jumping around. And honestly, I wouldn't recommend wood wicks at all...but that's just my opinion. Side note: amount of cure time can and does change the burn. Try to resist the temptation to test too soon. Good luck!
  31. 1 point
    Oh I know. The little bastards. lol I have over 200 bottles of food flavors for the same reason.
  32. 1 point
    This is largely to prevent once a year ordering. How many times do people look for a “wholesale “order at Christmas just to give cheap gifts? it also smooths our ordering throughout the year. This provides plenty of oppotrunity to dialog with the customer. And... a chance to offer fresh, new items and keep customers coming back for MORE. Nothing worse on a retailer shelf than same-old same-old stuff with nothing thing new to buy.
  33. 1 point
    I love Garden Dirt from NG for the same reason, it adds a wonderful authentic earthiness. I find that I often add some of Flaming's Golden Rum or Kentucky Burbon to bakery scents to make them a little more "grown up". And I'll add patchouli and/or musk to pretty much anything that isn't a bakery scent. 😁 Oh, NG's Rain Barrel is another great helper fragrance, it is such a pure watery fragrance! Great topic!
  34. 1 point
    Oh, I was picturing a different jar with a smaller diameter. You might very well be able to get away with 51z with this jar. Let us know how it goes.
  35. 1 point
    I can answer that for soy wax. Keeping at 200 or above for an hour will burn it using a presto or turkey fryer. I've had to throw out a whole melter full because I got busy doing other things and forgot.
  36. 1 point
    I tested a few different percentages using 464 and Lab co coconut wax and settled on a 50/50 blend. The candles are smooth with EVERY burn down to your last burn. I first tried 80/20 blend, 464 at 80% and Lab co at 20%, cratering, uneven, just not to my liking. Ive also tried 40/60 and that worked well too. 50/50 is very is to calculate which is why I’m at that percentage.🌸
  37. 1 point
    Nope. Don't use it anymore. I blend my own christmas tree fragrance.
  38. 1 point
    Seems like a good idea, don't see any harm in it. You gotta do what you can to "keep the lights on", LOL. I like checking out people's websites and businesses, it's interesting to see people's ideas, tastes and talents. I don't have a business to advertise yet but I'm working on it. 😊
  39. 1 point
    So if I order and get one without the giant cavity, do I complain? I’m not sure what to do in that situation.
  40. 1 point
    I guess they truly took the definition melt POOL literally
  41. 1 point
    My two favorites - Pumpkin Souffle from Lonestar and Pumpkin Coconut from Essentials by Catalina - mix the 2 and it is perfection. I ordered a Pumpkin Seed & Oud from Lonestar as well, but have not tried it in anything yet. It smells very promising for a more earthy, non sweet pumpkin. I'm excited about it.
  42. 1 point
    Exact size of your wrap around label for 8 oz tin should be 1 1/4" x 9 31/32". I don't use 1oz & 4oz tin, so I am not going to able to give you exact sizes. You will need to measure them by yourself unless someone else in here has experience with those tin sizes and share their knowledge with you. For the top circle & height, you just need to measure the size from your tins. For the length, you need to wrap a paper or thread around your tin, mark it, and measure it to get exact size. For circular labels, I buy them in different sizes. But for the wrap around labels, I just buy them in sheets and cut them off using paper cutter. Even if you find the right sizes, I have feeling that you are going to have hard time designing labels for those small size tins due to small space. I hope this would helped you little.
  43. 1 point
    @Hotpinkao I haven’t burned the new cranberry marmalade but it is definitely different. I am getting apple - which I didn’t before (and I can’t find flavor notes online of the old FO). My current problem is I don’t have time before fall’s huge market for this to research/test a bunch of new cranberry’s looking for a cranberry marmalade dupe. (Which the old CS FO, in MHO, was one of the best FO around). I am pouring this new one and passing to a repeat customer who buys this all the time and getting her thoughts. I have 2 pounds of the old oil and will pour those for my friends/family/church — then try new stuff 😢 (and let me state, for once and for all, I DON’T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT PHTHALATES!! STOP CHANGING FO OILS!)
  44. 1 point
    perfectimprints.com 800-773-9472 There catalog of projects in gargantuan. See if you can talk to Gil. I just took a picture of my matchbook. Of course, now I can't find where I put it on my computer. If I ever find it, I'll post it here.
  45. 1 point
    I tried the IGI 6570/6046 alone and although we could get a good burning candle with it from top to bottom I was never happy with the hot throw, I thought it was weak. The wick that I saw that Candlescience is recommending for that wax is one that was concluded a total failure by Wicks Unlimited . But then again, CS is recommending what they already have in stock, as in... they are trying to shoehorn in whatever they have instead of stocking a better working wick for that wax. Then I tried various blends with Coco83 and paraffin in different percentages with Precision Wicking but i mostly got WAY too much sooting for it being a sellable candle. Sometimes I had good throw, sometimes very weak. Conclusion was that I had the same problems as with soywax, the wax were way too fickly with fragrances to be able to become my house blend.
  46. 1 point
    So a little controlled chaos @Laura C? Like you, I find people are in a hurry. having too much visual stimulation when there are so many shops to visit and possibly spend money can be counterproductive. that was a big lesson at faire in our first season. Grouping by color or theme helped us increase sales.
  47. 1 point
    Hmmm... I'm thinking if you put them into groups that visually look the same or similar then they would look more organized and maybe leave a little bit of space between the groups. Maybe this would work, maybe not, IDK. Somebody with show experience would know. By all means, I'm not trying to be a harsh critic but to be honest with you, as a shopper, I would hesitate to go into your booth and would probably just walk on by. It simply looks to chaotic and confusing and I'm not going to want to deal with that. But hey, maybe it's just me and any other neat freaks out there, LOL.
  48. 1 point
    FM apple blossom Works great in cp but my people are not into it 🤦🏻‍♀️ A swap sounds great. Trying hard, and I mean HARD to use up what I have this year and really be a boss when buying new. If I were my employee I’d probably be fired.
  49. 1 point
    Never heard of them. Interesting that they make you prepay. Let us know how they are after you get a few more months under your belt with them. for shipping outside of etsy I have been using goshippo.com for several years. They tie my UPS and FedEx accounts together in a single interface too. No prepay. No monthly fees. Rates comparable to stamps.com and endicia. Pay as you go-I get charged right to my credit card weekly. Usps.com is also good for some discounted rates. Again, fee free, pay as you go.
  50. 1 point
    I really did try to thoroughly look for the answer to this before asking, so forgive me if the answer is out there and I missed it. If anyone has the time, could someone please explain to me the "scientific" happenings of fragrance oil bonding with wax? I have been trying to Google an answer for this, searched through the different candle groups I belong to, and haven't really been able to find a detailed explanation. The most I can find is that you shouldn't add fragrance oil to wax at too high a temp because it can burn off, but the wax still needs to be hot so it can "bond" or "bind" with the wax. That's the bit I'm interested in...what is the science behind the bonding/binding? I've found many sites that explain how a candle itself works...the wick acting as a capillary, the parts of the flame, the wax vapor, etc. But I'd like to try and wrap my brain around this "bonding" of wax and fragrance oil. Why hotter temperatures? Why does this help the fo and wax bond? Why not a lower temp? How does stirring play a role? (Is the jury still out on that one...whether you need to stir for a full two minutes, less time, or matter of preference?) I hope this makes sense. If there was a post about this on here, then please feel free to just give me the link to save yourself the time of explaining it again. I appreciate your time, everyone!
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