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Quentin

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About Quentin

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  • Birthday 03/27/1958

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    -- Mississippi
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    Candles, Lip Balm

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  1. First, let me say this is not my candle. This is an image I saw in an Etsy shop. I have had this happen before. Particularly the one in the back with the horizontal stripes. Since we know nothing about his pouring temps, frag. load, type of wax, etc. what are some generic possible causes for this?
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    An observation

    I like to come up with new names too. Even when it comes to things like "Clean Cotton" or "Apple Cinnamon", I at least consider another name. My thinking behind this is how many more "Clean Cottons", "Amish Harvests", "Apple Cinnamons" or "Pecan Pies" does the market need?
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    An observation

    I seem to have bad luck with both of these waxes. I like them because they hold large amounts of fragrance. What I don't like is I never get a nice smooth top from either. Maybe that's impossible. If so, I can accept that and proceed. Is that just the nature of the these two waxes? I hope I'm not opening up one of those contentious pouring temperature discussions again.
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    An observation

    That's another good one that could be used. 🙂
  5. Quentin

    Candle Retirement is Official!

    I really hate to hear that, but if it's best for you at this point then you must do it. Stay in touch with us here.
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    An observation

    Many times I too HAVE to change the name just to get it to fit on label without making the type so small you'd need an electron microscope to read it.
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    An observation

    I do that too. With some fragrances like Patchouli, for example, I label it just like that. Then for people who don't know what Patchouli is, I label it as "Flower Child". Lavender is a little tough for me to rename. I usually just go with Lavender. If the color comes out differently than expected, I might call it "Purple Lavender", "Dark Lavender" or "Light Lavender", etc. I tried to make a dark red rose the other day. I was going to name it "Reddest Rose". However, it never came out the right red I was hoping for, so I named it "Enchanted Rose".
  8. A few months back I asked for information on where was the best website to buy plastic lids and dust covers. I'm also interested in kraft dust covers. None of the links panned out, but if someone has a favorite link to share, could you please post a reply here? To save you a little time, I will tell you I remember that Filmore was a dead end for me. Their huge selection still didn't contain what I was looking for. When these companies list diameters, are they referring to inside diameter of the lid, outside diameter of the lid or are they referring to the jar size it will fit? Does it vary by company how the list them or is it all standardized. I'd be surprised if it's standardized.
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    An observation

    It's just a fact that some people are lazy and/or don't have any creative thoughts so they copy what they see. I always, at the very least, TRY to come up with another name. For example, I buy "Island Nectar" from Peek but I use the name "Island 40 Nectar" on my labels. It's sort of a local thing. I live just a hop, skip and jump from the Mississippi River. The section of the Mississippi River down south here is loaded with islands. So many islands, that most of them don't have names. They just number them on the river charts. Island 40 is a well known hunting area. I've never seen it. I can't even tell you exactly where it is! I've only heard of it. Even people who have never heard of Island 40 MIGHT have their interest piqued by that name. Some will. Some won't. The people on this forum are a little smarter than the average dog. That's why you're baffled when you see the stuff you described. I see the same things you saw when I go in the shops around here. I always ask myself, "Self, can't they come up with anything else?" I always answer myself the same way, "No, they can't." All they can do is copy what they see and think that's the road to success. It doesn't mean they're not intelligent. They just aren't gifted with the creative mind for the type things we do. They may be talented in other ways and be able to do things I could never dream of doing. I can't play a musical instrument. I'm not good at any sport that requires good eye-hand coordination, so I ran track in school. Electronics is a mystery to me. I would love to be able to weld and I tried it. I just wasn't gifted in those things. Rub your finger across the lid on one of their jars and see how much dust is there. You've hit on a very important point. If we don't do something to set us apart from the others, no matter how small the detail, our products will sit beside theirs and collect just as much dust.
  10. The natural daylight method works as many of you suggested. These two pictures were taken right beside a window with the light coming in from the left (west) side within just minutes of each other. Obviously there's plenty of room for improvement, but no more massive glare from the flame. These will do while I learn more about using a camera. I did pick up a little trick on my own. Didn't change the position of the candle or camera. In one picture, you'll notice the little glare on the back top of the glass. In the second picture it's gone. I just rubbed a little Chapstick on the top rim and the little glare is gone. I love to improvise.
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    Creating LLC info

    I'm happy to make people laugh anytime I get a chance. Glad you picked up on that joke. It's true, but even I like laughing at it.
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    Printing Company

    Thanks @Sebleo and thanks @MilosCandles . I had misplaced this info also.
  13. You're right. I noticed that last night. I'm using a low end Android, the Samsung J3. So when you say "focus on the flame", I'm really not sure what you mean or if this cheap phone even has that capability. I've just never been one to take very many pictures. Either way, I started looking through the manual settings last night and found the metering function that you and some of the others mentioned. You touch on the screen and the little circle pops up On this cheap phone, it seems to be limited in what it can do. I'm due for a new phone here soon anyway.
  14. In fact, I'll wait till the morning and see what natural daylight does for it, but I'm going to take one now using the light in this room.
  15. I'm using an Android. Using the advice I've gotten here I'm getting much better pictures. Since I'm not using Iphone, I'll look around the Android camera app and see what I can find. Thank you.
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