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  1. MilosCandles

    Heat Gun Alternatives?

    Maybe 3"-4" The low setting of my $9 Harbor Freight heat gun was plenty. I just have bungee cords holding it place so I can move it as needed. I made this all for less than $100 Rotating platform $65 Heat Gun $9 Black Pipe $15 24" Wooden top $8 Old Wooden table laying around - FREE I think I am going to add a 2nd heat gun a little further in so I can do a 2nd row also at the same time. Should only cost me another $20 to do, and I will be able to do between 40-45 candles at once. Almost like the commercial... Set it and Forget it. LOL
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    Heat Gun Alternatives?

    I made a device this weekend to help me out. Works awesome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFMPwYg630s I added the wood top later.
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    Heat Gun Alternatives?

    There was a post here somewhere about your tools you could not live with out, and about everyone said their heat gun to make the top of their candles look pretty. I agree. With me having a full time day job and house (life) my time for my candle business is limited. Add a craft show on the weekend here or there, and now I have far less time. I am ALWAYS looking for ways to save some time. The amount of time I am spending on re-heating the tops of my candles keeps taking longer the more candles I make. LOL. My question is, has anyone explored any alternatives to re-melting the tops of your candles? Heat Lamps, Ovens, Any failed or successful attempts at something?
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    Alternatives to Etsy?

    Made my 1st sale on Amazon Hand Made. Took about a week. See if it picks up at all. I am not sure how the Amazon SEO works. At some point I may need to look into more. Figure out how I get more views and sales. This time of year I just do not have any time. I also put up about 10 items on Artfire. In the last week I had 1 person click on and view an item.. (See attached stats) (NO SALES) I paid for 3 months, I already have it on my calendar to cancel on Jan 2019. I have also listed some of my items on Ebay.. With getting FREE listing on there - WHY NOT. Two Sales in the last 2 weeks. In comparison, I averaged about 3 sales a day on Etsy over the last 30 days. Please realize the amount of time I have put into ETSY and SEO on there. I realize these other sites I really haven't put any time in yet. Amazon and Ebay cost me nothing monthly and free listings, just cost me when I sell something.
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    Online Commerce - Variations :-(

    I try NOT to price my variations for that reason. Only takes 1 - 2 times and you learn your lesson. LOL
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    IGI Contact Info Needed

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    Chocolate Shop Scent - Need Ideas

    Some good ideas. Thanks
  8. I have to complain for a minute. It is amazing how many Online Commerce sites have such a basic archaic way of dealing with Variations. Etsy, Artfire, Amazon, WooCommerce all have very levels of support for this. I have numerous different vessels and have close to 40 different scents. For me to create a listing on any of these sites and have to Type or Copy and paste each scent into a box 40 times for each listing is just crazy. THEN if I add or remove a scent have to go back into 100 different listings is CRAZY. I will say for Etsy I found a site called Vela - https://welcome.getvela.com/ that allows BULK editing of your ETSY listing. (FOR FREE) I use this ALL the time. Tags, Titles, Description, and Variations. It has been a life saver. Otherwise Etsy suggests editing each item and that sucks. WooCommerce does allow Variations with "|" separating the scents so I can copy and past the list in each listing. NOT GREAT. And I think I may have found a PAID plugin to help with this, but have yet to pay. I think I am going to need to pay soon though. - https://www.pimwick.com/pw-bulk-edit/ Artfire - SUCKS Amazon - If you are NOT in Handmade it is easy and can do it with a CSV file. With Handmade, not terrible but only allow 20 variations, oh wait sorry not "variations" they are called OPTIONS. You can copy and paste a list in separated by commas. But still need to edit each listing. I think often when people think of Variations they think of S, M L, XL. So annoying. Done Complaining for the day. Hope this helps some one else.
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    Etsy Store Suggestions

    @aptommo Update your profile with you store link in it.
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    IGI Contact Info Needed

    What is IGI?
  11. I was approached by a local chocolate shop to make some candles that smell like Chocolate. I got them them CW - Milk Chocolate which seemed OK. But they also want Orange Chocolate scent and something that smells like Sponge Candy (VERY BUFFALO THING, LOL) Any ideas what I should mix together for the Orange Chocolate? I would probably use the CW-Milk Chocolate plus something. For Sponge Candy they said chocolate plus butterscotch or molasses. Thanks
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    Alternatives to Etsy?

    So I was accepted to Amazon Hand Made, and I put up a store. I did not list all of my products, I was able to export etsy and then import into amazon, with some work and data tweaking. They have some reports to see if I get much traffic. I only imported one picture per listing for right now. I am not going to do much more until I know the effort is worth it on there. I probably spent about 6 hours to get it to the point it is at right now. https://www.amazon.com/handmade/716-Candle-Co Would be amazing if I even get half of what I do on Etsy.
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    Alternatives to Etsy?

    What are your fees on Ebay when you make a sale. Mine ended up being about 10% between ebays fees and paypal fees. The 15% amazon charges is for listings and selling and credit card processing. So yes it is a little more expensive but it is a flat 15%. Plus it is on Amazon. Part of the reason why I asked @Crafty1_AJ if his items came up in an normal Amazon search. My items might be priced a little bit more on Amazon to account for the additional cost. OR not offer discounts on there. Yes you set your own prices and shipping policy on "HandMade" https://services.amazon.com/handmade/handmade.html FAQ https://sellercentral.amazon.com/forums/t/handmade-faq-frequently-asked-questions/343913
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    Facebook Giveaways

    Where do you find your "influencers" and what do you say to them?