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  1. A couple of examples from my own experiences ... when I first started to learn candle making (as a teenager), it was due to a kit I received as a gift. There was no thermometer with the kit, so the instructions didn't go into temperature too much, although it probably mentioned it, but I don't think my mom was going to give me her candy thermometer. So, I just melted and molded and fooled with the wax. I had to put that hobby down for years until I picked it up again decades later. I became more aware of temperature with making gel candles, if the gel is not hot enough, you'll get too many bubbles. Then, with soy wax and frosting issues. And, finally, after all that time, I realized why my first candles (paraffin) never came out shiny ... the wax was not hot enough. So, there you go. It's not essential if you don't mind pitfalls, otherwise, I guess you could safely say that it is. 😉
  2. I'm going to take a guess at a wick size to try for your jar, others may have another opinion, but it's a CD18 -- however, this is for straight C-3 -- so, with your additive, it may be a CD16. With your softening additive, what % of fragrance oil are you using? I think the recommendation of a CD22 is too big, plus, your wax has your additive, so that's going to change things considerably in terms of going by a wick guide. I happen to like C3 just as it is without any additives, but everyone has their own preference. Depending on the type of container, that diameter seems to do well in the range of 16 or 18, for me anyway. You will need to allow the wax to cure for at least about a week before testing, some will say more than that, but I think that's close to the minimum amount of time.
  3. I've seen so many examples of candles that have an assortment of issues and many of these issues arise because inadequate attention was given to the temperature of the wax ... from melting to pouring. So yes, if you want things to turn out right, with many types of candles, a thermometer is an essential piece of equipment and it's a very good practice to get a reading on the temperature of the wax.
  4. You would need to use a pillar wax for these, so they should hold their shape for a bit until the candle starts to fully burn down. They would need to be placed on a non-flammable dish or tray. Some of these old threads that are revisited are kind of interesting!
  5. Are you using any type of additive at 8%? I'm under the impression that 6% is the maximum, but 8% is okay along with some sort of additives.
  6. I've never made tarts/wax melts, but I keep reading good things about "Pillar of Bliss" wax, you might wish to research through the threads about the favorite waxes that are being used for those. As for the large tealight cups, I'm not familiar with those either. Good luck in getting back into things!
  7. My feeling is that 210dF is way too hot for your wax ... did you have any discoloration as well? I think you're only supposed to maximum heat that wax to 185dF.
  8. I don't have any experience (yet anyway) with coconut wax ... but you need a wick that will perform with the combination.
  9. I read something I haven't seen mentioned before, so I'm wondering if any one could offer any additional information about it. I've made whipped paraffin wax in the past, but I haven't made it with any other waxes. I've seen it mentioned to add cornstarch to paraffin, but I've never tried that and I'm wondering what that does or if affects the burn -- but what I'm perplexed about is I've read something about beeswax and turpentine ... what is this mixture?
  10. Wouldn't that end up to be a bit messy for wax melts? It doesn't seem that most people would enjoy handling the gel after it's melted along with a soft wax, as it seems as though it would tend to get a bit gooey from the combination -- okay in a candle, but you don't have to touch it at all. Just a thought.
  11. P.S. If you'd like to see the reviews, please send me a pm and I'll send the link.
  12. Okay! It looks as though it's fixed now (kept getting a "corruption" error of some sort and couldn't post). I wanted to say that I very recently read a couple of reviews about the supplier mentioned here, and they weren't exactly good ones. Also, they said that the company appears to be located in the U.S., but the package came from another country and one of the reviewers returned what they purchased, but never heard anything from the company.
  13. Testing ... last night I tried to reply here, but something was wrong with the board.
  14. If it cools down a little, it seems that is fine, I'm mostly speaking of permitting it to really cool down, like somewhere below the 150dF range, as I feel that once it gets too cool, it will not have a chance to incorporate fully into the wax.
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