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  1. I don't really think it would affect the throw, I could be wrong though! I've always figured it has more to do with adhesion, frosting, wet spots, surface texture, etc.
  2. If you're selling on etsy and you want to use a website to draw people to your etsy shop, then you could create a very simple site using a template or creating your own html/css. You could also use Paypal payment buttons for any items shown on the site if you don't want to get fancy. The traffic generated on a simple page may not be so great though with only a page or two, however, as the search engines seem to prefer content. I could be wrong, but I think websites that are mostly shopping carts may not get picked up as much by the search engines as pages that have regular pages, articles, etc. with lots of keywords and content.
  3. I made a mess with a candle last week by filling one just a bit too much and then when it had surface flaws that wouldn't seem to let go, I didn't have any room to move (i.e., no way to do a top pour/repour since I was already too high up in the container to put the lid on!) ... so, I had to scrape wax off the top, warm it up, do my repour and all was well. It's amazing how wax "heals" after these types of things, but it does. This would have been better if it were a parasoy, however, rather than soy, as a few days later, there were some frosting issues on the top of that one, but it wasn't too bad and no one is ever going to know what it went through to look presentable ... candles are a lot like us! 😗
  4. So, what do they say exactly? They're walking by your table, take a look at your candle scent names and then say they only use candles that are scented with essential oil? I personally feel that e/o's are wonderful, but not in candles ... they have many uses, but heating them in wax is not the best way to appreciate them, imo.
  5. You're selling candles, but you don't know what you're doing? The first thing I would do is stop selling candles until I knew I had a tested product that I was fully confident about. These are candles, unlike most other crafts, they need to be taken seriously. It's an art and a science that deserves the time and patience to make a safe, enjoyable product.
  6. I also either use nail clippers or a little pair of nail scissors.
  7. Do you fill the pump tube with lotion prior to inserting it into the bottle?
  8. What a nice votive candle this turned out to be! The RRD-29's do very nicely in these ... now to get ready to make a bunch of them! Just thought I'd follow up on this.
  9. I remember reading on a candle forum years ago that sellers of gel candles who were making Coke candles in the vintage style Coca-Cola glasses were approached at a craft fair by a representative from Coke who told them they were infringing upon their trademark. I think the main risk is if a company approaches a seller who may be sitting on a lot of stock, then they could get stuck with candles they aren't permitted to sell.
  10. I've had better throw with GW464 if I add a small amount of paraffin, under 10%, as an additive.
  11. Definitely! I've been thinking lately that maybe wick debris in a candle has some sort of meaning, lol ... like tea leaves, you know how some people read tea leaves? ("Tasseography - also known as tasseomancy or tassology - is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments.") Last week I was trying out a Performa wick I had in a sample pack that I had never tried, I don't think I'll use them. I thought it was interesting though and snapped a photo ... nothing like the photos shared here however! Good work!
  12. Those oils seem to all be greater than 200dF flashpoint from what I could tell. I don't understand why they didn't send them in a Small Flat Rate box unless they don't want to use the Post Office ... some suppliers only ship using other services, but it makes it hard to order samples.
  13. When I ordered, I must not have made my selections very well, lol. I thought the Apple-Cinnamon was alright, but it seemed to me to have an artificial quality, so I used it as an scented spray. I wasn't terribly impressed with Cinnamon Stick, but thought the Red Hot Cinnamon was acceptable. I enjoyed their Nag Champa, but I'm going to sample some others; I didn't really care for Indian Sandalwood, which I ordered for a friend, and am now awaiting another sandalwood sample. I was curious about their Mistletoe, a nice scent, but kind of funny, it was almost an exact match for a Bayberry from another supplier, so I poured it on in there! Their pine is a nice pine along the lines of Fraser Fir, but not quite. And, Sandalwood & Ginger Apple ... thought my friend would like that one, but it was kind of odd and I mixed it with some other apple and fir scents so it didn't go to waste. Like I said ... there was something wrong with my selections!!
  14. I looked through some of my notes and tried to verify it at the USPS site, but I got lost so gave up, but I really think that the regulations have to do with liquids that have a flashpoint of under 141dF ... so I'm not understanding this ... ... unless some of them were lower flashpoint oils. I think there needs to be some special labeling applied to the package for this f/p range, as I've received oils between these f/p's via Priority Mail (air) that had special labeling. For smaller orders, USPS is the best option.
  15. I may not be recalling this correctly, but I thought that f/o's with flashpoints over 140dF were okay to send either air or ground. The USPS ground service is a bit on the slow side.
  16. Hi Shirley, I just wanted to say that I think you should venture into that drawer and see what you might be able to do with that wax ... be brave! The thing with vybar is that it is a synthetic, so it's probably not best to add it to soy (even if it's the one suited for lower meltpoint wax) -- I haven't used C3, so I don't know if you add paraffin to that, but if you can, it would probably be worth it to tear that candle apart for a remelt and add some paraffin wax. You may have easily added too much vybar to the wax even if it had been paraffin, as vybar should only be used in extremely small amounts. Ha-ha ... I'm a big fan of cans too! 😊
  17. ...wish leads me to something I was thinking in regard to making some things with glitter ... should there be a tag with other non-glitter items that says something like "product manufactured in a facility that contains glitter" ...lol.
  18. I hope you're having a wonderful "Thanksgiving Weekend" too! P.S. The nice thing about some of the embed molds is that they can double as little hand soap molds for melt 'n' pour once the glitter can all be cleaned out! 😊
  19. I was just double-checking to make sure based on your vybar question. I think parasoy does throw scent a bit better, but don't soy candles typically last longer? I think they may, so in that case, some people are going to prefer the vegetable wax, as to some, it's more important to them to spend their money on a candle that lasts longer rather than smells more -- I think the account you lost is foolish in their thinking and they should offer both types.
  20. It has to do with it being straight paraffin (i.e., no color, no stearic acid), so it's not opaque, sorry, I didn't exactly word that right!
  21. I think making things in molds is fun too, I seemed to get interested in it from an earlier age, I think that lollipop kit had too much influence on me. That is an ultra fine glitter and I never use very much, I think mica is so fine that it may be a wick clogger, I'm not sure, I've never used it in candles. As you can see, the gift boxes were poured in two layers (it's straight paraffin wax, btw), with the glitter being sprinkled into the mold first, a thin layer of clear wax on top, then the colored wax -- this way, the bows had a chance to be a different color. I think I started off thinking I could simply make the bow area white, but they kept overflowing, so I went with whatever the wax wanted to do. 😪
  22. Too much glitter might interfere with the candle, but I think a little is okay too and whenever I've burned a candle with some in it, the glitter does move and swirl outwards. I made these a few years ago to place on top of a candle, although they were a little difficult to remove from the mold.
  23. I've used very small amounts of glitter with both gel candles and novelty candles with certain designs around the outward edges or on embellishments or embeds ... the glitter always moves away from the center. It does sink, however, so I use a 10mm wick tab sleeve to ensure that the candle will go out. I agree it's not something to be used in any abundance, but in very small amounts, it can be used without it causing any issues.
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