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  1. I have experience with Penreco candle gel, but I've never made one with double glass. I think you can put whatever you want between the layers of glass as long as heat doesn't melt it. For a regular gel container candle, the medium is much easier to work with, light is easy too, but harder to suspend anything. Yes, sand is fine, shells are okay, but starfish (seastars) are not (and I also don't advocate for the taking of live animals for decoration). You can also use beach glass, marbles, etc. Zinc-core works well, as do HTP wicks, but you need to purchase them unprimed (raw)
  2. Those photos! Well, so much for the arrows on the box that pointed the way to "This Side Up" !! 🥴
  3. I never heard of that before, I guess I'll have to try it to see.
  4. I know others here have more experience than I do with your wax, but I can suggest using CD (Stabilo) wicks or RRD cotton core wicks. Your HTP104 could very well work in a smaller container than the one you tested.
  5. For me personally, I haven't been able to truly investigate palm wax, so I have not bought any. I know there are serious problems with the palm oil industry. I see that one popular supplier has made a statement on their website, which I need to learn more about, but since I haven't had the time to do the research, I've simply stayed away from any purchases of palm wax period. It's my personal belief that if as a consumer I can make any small difference, I try to do my part. From this link ... If you are reading this article but buying your palm elsewhere, make sure to ask you
  6. I think it depends on the mold and style of the candle. For instance, some novelty candle designs, let's say a cupcake for instance, looks more interesting if a shell around the outside remains for awhile as the inside lights up, it eventually melts as the flame gets lower, wick permitting. I've made some in the past with wax decorations on top of the "frosting" so they get the back lit effect if the wick's just small enough to do that and large enough to eventually melt them away. You know, I don't think I'm being much help here! 😗
  7. My place gets pretty chilly too. I've found that if I pour cool (below 120dF), they do much better. From advice I've read here in the past, I place them in a box overnight with some wrappings around the containers, it does seem to help. Yet, I think most people understand about the wax pulling away, the nature of things, as it can happen at any time.
  8. I agree that adjusting lighting in PS can make a world of difference. I only have an old version of PS, but even with that, I can get a photo to look much better there. If "levels" or "curves" doesn't work well enough, "render-->lighting effects" is something to experiment with using the basic features.
  9. Oh! That's right!! I forgot about that ... does the shelf-life issue pertain to soy candles too? For some reason, I've overlooked this a bit, obviously!!
  10. I think there were some changes to this wax sometime after '16 ... I can't remember exactly and I'm not using it, but I spotted the following on ebay, so thought I'd mention it. It looks to me as though this person is selling from Lot F - Aug. '16, although a bit pricey at 3lbs/$17 (w/shipping) ... 464 (link)
  11. Here's a piece about a candle study in regard to comparing waxes as well as sooting ... I only lightly read through it, I'll have to go back when I have more time, but thought I'd post it here; it's not new, so some readers here have probably already seen it. It's a four page .pdf ... Report on Wax Emissions Study
  12. When adding fragrance oil to a melting pot, I make as sure to stand back, same as if I'm working with jalapeno peppers. I personally do not wear any gear for my candle making, but I only make small amounts at a time. Many of the synthetic aroma chemicals are not exactly what would be considered harmful for smelling. For instance, let's take one that is used in some fragrance oils, Linalool Oxide. I just picked that one for an example and did a quick search. I found an article about the aroma of wine as it ages and how this chemical plays a role in that ... some of these compou
  13. Here's the thing ... I think you've fallen prey to some marketing tactics that have the ability to thrive on certain fears that are not exactly sensible. When a company says they have "clean scents," it infers that other company's scents might be "dirty" ... how is that? Oh, well, they have "chemicals" in them and you don't know what they are! In my opinion, it stirs up a frantic atmosphere, in which especially new candle makers, may be prone to the effects. This is not to say that the fragrance oils are completely harmless, but neither are essential oils. The aroma chemicals found in fr
  14. They're very dangerous, I think you should stop using and making candles right now!!!
  15. What about adding a little bit of coconut oil to the mix ... would that have any benefit?
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