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  1. Forrest

    LOVE fall. Record sales today

    Fall for you is when the license plates begin to change colors
  2. Well, I don't think anyone wants to buy my stinky socks, so I'll stay out of this one.
  3. Forrest

    A glitsy looking label

    I wish I could live in the back woods of Cherry Log
  4. Forrest

    Revising My Process

    Because I bought them before I knew what I was doing, so I have them, and I know the wicking for them. Most of my extended family likes wicks, but they'll take what I give them.
  5. Forrest

    Aging Candles

    Well that would indicate that it is both soy and paraffin that benefit from long cure times.
  6. Forrest

    Aging Candles

    Did you use soy or a soy blend? I'm wondering if this effect is true for paraffin also.
  7. Forrest

    Aging Candles

    The one I found spent a year in the garage and I can't say it was pretty, but the HT is great!
  8. This may only apply to candles made with 6006, or soy, but I’ve noticed something that I find interesting. I recently lit an 8oz Tureen with 6006 and CS Oak Moss and Amber that I made in June of last year, the HT is amazing. The candle is clearly over wicked and at the time I made it I was far less educated than I am now. I had a similar experience with a well-aged candle a while back. When I was looking for tins last Friday I found a tin with CS English Garden that I made in April of 17. The CT is far stronger than anything I’m making today and I lit it a few minutes ago and the HT is great. The thing is it is a 464 candle; I gave up using that wax because I couldn’t get any HT. I’m guessing here, but I think the curing process goes on for a lot longer than two weeks. I suspect our candles cure the most during the first day and each day after that they cure a little less than the day before. So, the difference between two weeks and three weeks isn’t that much, but the difference between two weeks and 52 weeks is big. If I am right this doesn’t mean much to professional candle makers, unless you have a lot of storage and just want to get ahead of the game. But it could mean a lot for a hobbyist like me. There is no reason I couldn’t make next year’s Christmas candles in January and store them under the bed. For me this would change the way I do things. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Oh, I would like to point out that although it took 18 months I have finally make a good soy candle.
  9. I changed my process yesterday while pouring some tins. When I’m doing one off candles I weigh my FO in a small beaker and mix in a larger beaker. Between the FO and the beaker the temp of the mixture was dropping below 180 before stirring. So I turned the oven on to 220 and heated the beakers before using them. I cut a strip off of a silicone hot pad to handle the hot glass. After that there was only a small temp drop when poured the wax into the beaker. I stirred vigorously for 90 seconds; I don’t worry about bubbles in my tins, and pour as soon as I’m finished stirring. I have been concerned about the HT in my last batchs of tins, and I’m hoping this will help the situation. I guess I’ll find out in two weeks.
  10. Forrest

    Temporary labeling

    That is a great idea! I've been writing everything on the label and in a book.
  11. Really? I wish somebody had told me that when I was a teenager, might have kept me from doing a lot of stupid things.
  12. As far as hot throw, I don't think you can know without extensive testing. The first problem is HT is very hard to quantify. The second problem you run into is that some FOs may throw better in one wax and some in the other. As a general rule you the higher the percentage of paraffin the better the HT, but I know there are FOs that can throw better in soy than they do in 6006. If I had a lab that was properly configured, a few thousand dollars for supplies, about ten volunteers, and six months I could probably get a definitive answer, but that's not happening. I read a lot on this board before switching to 6006 and I don't think you'll do any better in a para-soy. You may find one that works better for you, but all you can do is keep trying different ones. I find 6006 easy to work with. As for being messy I would add that it is also easy to clean up. What I have learned from the experts on this board is that if you're having HT problems it is more likely to be process or wicking issues than your wax. I picked up my last order from Flaming and saved a bunch of money, nice people and easy to work with.
  13. Forrest

    Temporary labeling

    Welcome. I switched to painter's tape and it has worked great for me, but I've never heard of Washi tape, I'll have to check it out.
  14. Forrest

    Nature’s Garden recommendations

    It's not my fault, Trap made me buy it and now I can't live without it.
  15. Forrest

    Over/under wicked?

    This ties in with a discussion I was having with birdcharm about Candles and Supplies recommending 6006 be heated to 200 degrees. My thinking is that the wax and FO will blend better the warmer the wax is. To that end I’m going to alter my process to keep the temp up until the wax and FO are thoroughly blended.
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