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  1. I'm not sure how you all feel about sharing suppliers, but I'm always on the lookout for nice beeswax. Any suggestions? I like beeswax that smells good! I've tried many different kinds, and some has no scent, while others have odd scents to them. Right now we're using BW from Mountain Rose Herbs (not their pastilles) and Organic BW from New Directions Aromatics (Canadian). I just got some BW to try out from Ruhl/Bushy Mountain. I tried two kinds they had, and one has very little smell but the other smells great. They arrived unlabeled so I'm not sure which is which, though I have an idea since I contacted their customer support to inquire. I'm burning some test candles now and they seem to be burning nicely. I've also tried the only somewhat close beekeeper I could find in my area. But he was very flaky and the little bit I did try from him didn't burn well for some reason.
  2. Yeah, I think I've over-wicked two of my candles now that I'm really seeing them burn. I did one, single roll cut into thirds that is nearly 2" wide. Used a #2 for that, which seems about right to me as there's just a touch of outer edge sticking up as the candle burns down. The smokey I mentioned in my earlier post was in regards to the wax itself; it just smells smokey when not burning. The candles themselves aren't overly smokey and I don't really smell the smokey wax smell once they're burning. I'm not sure if that was clear in my previous post. These rolled candles are seriously easy and fun, and I love the instant gratification - roll and (test) burn! These will be perfect for certain applications in our shop, especially since I don't think I have the patience to make real BW tapers.
  3. Completely agree with you here. Did someone suggest otherwise?
  4. Ended up getting these CandleScience stickers on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/CandleScience-Candle-Wick-Stickers-large/dp/B0092RNEAU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1475356166&sr=8-3&keywords=wick+stickers Made a pair of test candles just now to see how they do. They've survived the pour....
  5. The diameter is about 1.25 inches. I'll get some smaller wicks to experiment with for sure, though this does seem to be burning nicely.
  6. Thanks for the tips guys! I ended up just rolling a whole sheet into a candle last night to test out the process. I used a #2 braided cotton, as the only thing I had that was smaller was a 1/0 which seemed too small. I rolled the candle so that it spiraled into a point at the top, but didn't really like the look so just did a flat top/bottom roll (just unrolled and rerolled it). The beeswax I got was very pliable and needed no additional heat. But we'll see how much it dries out. I pinched the beeswax around the wick as tight as possible to begin the roll, and then it was really easy to roll the rest up. I burned it for 2 hours last night and am burning it right now and it's going great so far. It looks really nice and there hasn't been a single drip yet. I expected this to be easier than making pillars/containers, but this was just ridiculously easy (at least so far). I'm pretty excited to find a new candle method to play with! Only down side, so far, is that the wax is a bit smokey and doesn't have much of a scent other than that. It's not horribly smokey, but it doesn't smell nearly as nice of a honey/wax scent as my Washington State wax or Canadian organic wax.
  7. Just thought I'd pick some brains before making a bunch of mistakes and misteps. I just ordered some natural beeswax sheeting to experiment with rolled candles. I'm planning on warming the wax, lightly, with my heat gun and rolling up some untreated and unprimed cotton braid wicks as tightly as possible. I'm not sure what size to try, but I plan on starting with smaller wicks and taking notes on candle width to see what works. I'm not planning on using wick tabs. Thoughts and suggestions anyone?
  8. Wow, good to know! I just got some new skinny ( < 2inch wide) pillar molds I'm about to make a test pour for, and I'm not going to bother priming the wicks (didn't get wick pins for these). I've also got an order for LoneStar waiting in the cart with some Auto Wick Pins. So I'll just try it out and see. If you don't mind my asking Jcandle, when do you feel wick pins are necessary? Not for all your pillars/votives? Thanks for all the tips J and everyone else!
  9. This post inspired me to make some candles with EOs again. I made 3 4oz tins with our usual beeswax/coconut oil mix. Used 1t of coffee, 1t of ylang ylang, and 1.5 t of lavendin. Haven't burned the yy yet, but the other two are tunneling and emitting very little scent. I believe the coffee eo is simply too thick and sitting on the bottom - I'm going to try layering my next coffee attempt and going to try 2t for my next lavendin. I'm also going to try a larger wick for all of them next time...
  10. I do always prime my wicks, as I thought this was necessary. I can see how it wouldn't be a problem once you start burning, my concern is more that it will look a bit 'unfinished' to our customers.
  11. I did recently buy a heat gun for the candle making. I was thinking the hot plate would be more useful for leveling - I'm currently using a metal spackling blade which I heat over a burner when I need to level a candle.
  12. Do you all ever find it difficult to push the wick through the hole? I'd be using a cotton braid, size #6 for most of my pillars. And I'm still picturing the top of the wick kinda wiggling around in the space at the top. I'm sure this doesn't matter at all in terms of personal use, but it could be off putting for sold candles.
  13. We make candles with beeswax and coconut oil and also use #6 for our larger containers. The flame gets rather large, but is constant. I've had all kinds of issues trying to add EOs (we don't use fragrance oils), and at this point we decided to perfect our non-EO candles and then I'll try playing with EOs again later. There are all sorts of online blogs and such talking about using EOs in beeswax candles, making it seem like a rather easy thing to do, but in our experience this is certainly not so. Either there is no scent, or the candles doesn't burn correctly, or both... I'm sure it can be done, but we haven't perfected it yet, that's for sure. We've also made candles with beeswax and palm oil - just a few to experiment with. They burned quite well, though perhaps too well, as the flame was large. Haven't tried PO & BW & EOs yet though.
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