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Quentin

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  1. You don't need to do anything. You're an individual selling your own pictures, etc. Just collect your money and take it to the bank. Some will say that's bad advice. I don't think so.
  2. We've discussed the temperature drop caused by adding FO to hot wax here before. This idea to combat that popped into my head the other day and I went ahead with it. The picture is of a coffee mug warmer heating up fragrance oil and keeping it warm until it's time to add it to the wax. It heated the FO up to about 143F and kept it that way until I was ready for it. I'd be willing to bet that @MilosCandles probably already thought about this, so I'm not taking credit for the idea.
  3. All of these are good ideas. I'll cut and paste these and those from the others on a Product Profile sheet. That's another project I'm working on now. Floaters may be a "hard sell", but it can't be harder than selling life insurance!
  4. Ignorance is bliss. I would never have known that floating candles were a hard sell had I not started this topic. When I first went on the road as a traveling salesman for Ben Rickert in the mid-1980s, the guy that hired me never told me that our company's products (soap and candles) were a "hard sell." So with the confidence that comes with ignorance, I went on the road. I opened up new accounts across a gigantic territory. I got appointments with buyers from major department stores that no one in our company had ever been able to see. When I was asked at my first sales meeting how I was able to get into see those buyers when no one else had before, I gave them my answer; I called them on the phone and asked for an appointment. That was all I did. I have an idea of how to sell floating candles and make it a repeat business, too. I'll enter that area of the industry with the same happy-go-lucky attitude that I always seem to have.
  5. A hard paraffin. So I could use 4625, since I have several cases that I ordered by mistake and need to get rid of the stuff.
  6. I'm getting ready to delve into floating candles. Does anyone have a recommendation on a good wax for this purpose? Are floating candles usually made unscented?
  7. I looked for the link to the company from whom I bought the matchbooks. I seem to have misplaced it. I'll have to wait until they arrive to find out who it was that I gave my money.
  8. In two sentences or less, please state what a seasonal subscription box is as I don't know. After learning the definition, my first question would be how do you get subscribers?
  9. I don't know who my customer is and don't know how to find out. The truth of the matter is I don't have any customers. All I've done so far is spend money.
  10. Very nice indeed. A little difficult to carry in your pocket in place of business cards, though.
  11. I have the link somewhere. I'll post it as soon as I can dig it up.🙂
  12. I have. I posted here a few weeks ago that I planned to use them instead of business cards. No one seemed too interested at the time. I've ordered 2500. Should be here in about 2 weeks.
  13. I found the invoicing feature on Square. Thanks for directing me to that. It will come in handy.
  14. That brings up something I've got going on here. I've been experimenting with IGI 4761 Low Shrink Votive Wax. It definitely is low shrink and I like that. Unfortunately, it starts to congeal as soon as it starts running down the spout of the pour pot. By the time you've poured three votives, they're already so stiff that you don't have time to even straighten the wick pin! Has anyone of you had experience with this wax? It slides right out of the mold with no effort. I haven't even lubricated the molds. The manufacturer says the melt/congeal point is 159F and gives the pour range as 160-170. The first batch I poured at 165F. The second batch I poured at 175 down to around 170. I'm thinking of pouring hotter on this third batch tonight and/or preheating the votive molds. If anyone has any ideas, I'm listening.
  15. I'm looking for one of those too. I suppose if you use your hand to push the button, you could still claim it was handcrafted.
  16. If you have to call that generally means it's expensive. You've probably heard it said before. If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably can't afford it. I'm gonna ask anyway. Fortunately, this forum has a member that can design and build something similar for a fraction of the cost. Hold onto your money for now. @MilosCandles will have his version out pretty soon.
  17. A year ago I would have disagreed with you on this TallTayl. The people on this forum have convinced me otherwise. I've noticed big differences in the quality and consistency of my candles since I've started following the "rules" so to speak. My candle failure rate has dropped dramatically and I'm much more confident now, when I: 1) Heat the wax to 190 (unless the directions say higher) and add the dye. Then stir for two minutes. 2) Add the fragrance at 185F and stir for two minutes. If the temperature drops below 185F when I add fragrance, which it will, I stir until I get the heat back up to 185 and then I start my timed two minute stir. I'm a believer now.
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