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  1. I don't use 464 but......wet spots can occur at any time due to environmental factors, and there is nothing in the world you can do about it. For the best adhesion initially, what works for me is to clean the jars well prior to use and heat them prior to pour. Still, even if you do manage to get perfect adhesion, wet spots can occur at any time afterwards and you are powerless against them. Do not worry about them. Customers do not care.
  2. Me! I desperately need 2 FO's....Strawberries & Champagne and Sunflower. I know I could get them elsewhere, but I know these IYKWIM.
  3. My favorite is Gypsy Rose (MW). It's a great true rose scent (thorns and all) and works fab in candles and soap. I also like Circus Concessions as an unusual scent for fall. It very much does smell like the concessions at the circus or county fair. I order a lot of basics from FB. Not earth shattering scents, but good performers at the right price....PPW, Spiced Apples & Peaches, This Old House, Mulberry, and I forget what else. I also order some of the MW scents....Bella, Sea Witch, Bergamot Tobacco, Celtic Mist, Tea & Cakes.
  4. If it were me, and I was trying to use up wax, I would pour clams and brittle. Were you planning to cut into cubes or break into brittle? No matter really. For a rough estimate of how much wax it would take, fill up the pan with water to the desired thickness, weigh the water and multiply by .9 . With my wax, 14.5oz of wax + 1 oz of FO makes exactly 6 of the standard 6 cavity clamshells, so if you want to go that route, there's a starting point.
  5. Yes, I have a shelf full of some very old candles, testers, etc. I have also seen some seepage in my 6006 candles after a really long time. When I wipe off the excess and burn them, they still perform well and they throw great. I always heat my wax hot enough, and I don't use more than 6% FO. I don't know why after a long time certain ones will seep, but I don't think it's anything worth worrying about. I don't.
  6. This is a tutorial BC did way back in the day.... http://bittercreekcandle.blogspot.com/2013/07/squeezable-scented-wax.html
  7. I don't find citronella especially pleasant but this is the best I've found. I use the 16oz tins and large wood wicks. I like to make them a little smoky. I can burn it on my patio and smell it very well, and it does seem to work to keep the bugs away. IDK if it's the scent or the little bit of smokiness, but it does work.
  8. I use the one from CS, and it smells pleasant (for citronella) and strong. Sometimes I add a bit of orange and that's nice too. I've tried a couple of other citronellas that were just awful.
  9. I’ve been happy with CBL 125 & CBL 130. The 129 has an excellent throw and is easy to wick, but it requires repours and it’s had a bad inconsistency issue lately. 4627 & 4630 also have great throw. They are all good in their own way, but they all come with their own quirks too.
  10. I’ve been testing C3 for about 5 weeks now. I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve experimented pretty extensively with pour temps. For me, the tops are smooth poured around 160, but at that temp cavities are always lurking under the surface. Sometimes all the way to the bottom. Pouring cool does eliminate the cavities. I haven’t tried quick cooling in front of a fan yet because I’m only doing one candle at a time, and the wax cools quickly when there’s not much of it. If/when I actually get into production, I’ll utilize the quick cool method.
  11. @dustinryan2010 In the past, I’ve had great luck with LX 16-ish, Eco 4-6, HTP 73-ish, zinc...something in the 44’s, so ordinarily I’d say you are wicking too small. BUT...... About a year ago I bought a couple of cases of 6006 that just didn’t burn well. It seemed like it was more viscous, like all of a sudden the wicks I had been using could no longer draw up the wax. I did a lot of extensive testing and Eco wicks were the best. They burn hotter, and they were the only wicks that didn’t seem to struggle so badly, but I couldn’t find a good fit for all my containers. It was a testing nightmare. Eventually I just found a better wax. I mention all that because if you really can’t wick that jar with any of the suggested wicks, you may have some of that junky 6006. I haven’t heard of anyone else noticing a change in 6006, and when I asked a supplier they weren’t aware of any change. But I know what I know. Something was off with that wax.
  12. This jar shouldn’t be tough. What problems are you having with other wick types....HTP, LX, Eco?
  13. Sounds like you’ve covered the bases. The only thing I can add is to make sure it’s fully cured because the burn can change as the candle ages. I’ve found that if it’s slightly overwicked initially, it usually settles into being just right after 2-3 weeks. Also, you can always try a different wick series if you feel like you need an in-between size.
  14. If you aren’t sure, make another tester one wick size up to compare. Then choose the one you think is best. I find it helpful to do a side by side comparison.
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