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  1. I dabbled in candles about a year ago then took a long break and now am jubilant to have ordered some new FOs, from the States. I tell everyone who will listen that I have new FOs coming. They don't care. What's wrong with people?!
  2. I drilled a hole through a candle with one of Hub's wood drills and it worked okay. Then I saw a Youtube video of a guy drilling a hole with a wooden skewer. Like the kind you use for shish kabobs. He just clamped the skewer into the drill like it was a drill bit and went at it. I tried and it worked. Not super fast but I was going slow and trying to stay straight. I tend to drill off at an angle and no one wants a wonky wick. I was surprised the skewer worked but it did.
  3. Oddly enough, until I started making candles, I would have had no idea those craters were a flaw. I probably would have looked at those and thought, hey, neat, dimple candles. But now that I know and thought, ack! Also, those are some teeny little wicks. What are they using, dental floss?
  4. I am a beginner and dabbler and have a strong inclination towards instant gratification so as soon as a candle can be popped out of the mold (votives) I light it to see what happens. No cure time, no cooled wax. I do spend a lot of time standing next to candles shouting "Burn, you stupid thing!" My testing is very low and my failure right is extremely high. I'm sensing a connection here. I also don't like to do things the sensible way, like purchase premade, tested wicks. Instead I like to hunt around the house for things that should burn (in my opinion) and jam them into candles.
  5. Update. I did indeed keep my candles in the mothball suitcase. The candles are wrapped in plastic bags closed with clips. Must be cheap plastic as the smell of the candles blows right through the plastic. When you open that suitcase, and I warn people before I do, I say step back, avert your eyes, the smell that comes out smells like someone threw up bubblegum. The cacophony of smells that hits your nose at once fries your brain's ability to distinguish any of them so it just smells like barfed up bubblegum. With a slight after waft of mothball. Interestingly, the candles have
  6. A timely topic. This summer, while in the thick of candle making, I developed a cough. A chronic, intermittent, dry, non-productive cough. I blamed it on the smoke in the air due to forest fires (it was very bad!). Smoke finally cleared, but the cough didn't. It got a bit better, but never went away. Then I started making soap, more with the fragrance oil, more with the coughing to the point of losing my voice and wheezing and I thought, gee whiz, this is sort of sucking. So in a desperate attempt to see if this is related to months of candle making them soap making, I packed away everythi
  7. I don't recall who suggested that vanilla with a smidge of patchouli might be nice, but I think they are on to something. Full disclosure, I don't like patchouli. I think it smells like boring hippies. Unlike exciting hippies who smell like...? Anyhoo, I'm futzing around with scent blends, decided to give this a try. Melt a little coconut oil in the microwave, add a drop and I literally mean using an eyedropper, like ONE drop of patchouli to three drops of vanilla in these several tablespoons (guessing) of liquid coconut oil. Smear on back of hand and up arm. Hmm. Wor
  8. I did contact the place that sells the FO. They said if I ask for info on a specific FO they will find out for me. Good grief, I have a box full of FOs. Why wouldn't they make this information public on their website? Ridiculous. Tonight I made my 2nd M&P ever. Scented it with a FO that I was so excited about. Wow, did it ever turn out overpoweringly strong. Now, several hours later it is overwhelming the entire house and I am starting to seriously hate it. It makes me ill to think I will end up tossing this soap in the trash, but unless it settles down, WAAYYYY down, that's wh
  9. Talltayl, I would suppose anaphylactic shock would definitely be a downer at bath time! I ask this question because MOST of the FOs I've been looking at are used in both candles and MP soap. However, many of the FOs I 'inherited' come from a seller that does NOT list any of the technical data about each FO. They have one list of FOs for soap, and another for candles. The soap list is very, very limited. I have a hard time believing that other sites have fragrances that are useful in both applications, but this site has FOs that are strictly good for candles. I suspect
  10. Can you use candle FO in soap? I know the politically correct answer is no and perhaps even the LEGAL answer, when selling to the public, is also no. However, there is that gray area where someone might say, " if these soaps are for your own use, and you know the risk you might be taking, then go ahead and give it a whirl. Worst case scenario, you throw your soap out because it makes your skin peel off in great, bleeding slabs or it corrodes the plumbing. " I know there is the party line that says oh no, we shall never do anything unless blessed by the testers who work to prevent e
  11. Forgive the dreadful photo. This is my business card (not for candles). It has pretty much no information, only direction to my Facebook page, which is where most customers contact me. I do not want to give out my personal email or cell number. If I get a website someday I might get that printed on the next batch of cards but for now, this is working okay. I left the back of the card blank to write on but what REALLY bugs me is the paper finish makes it very difficult to write on them and the ink smears all over unless you blow on it for 2 minutes or wave it around in the air. I ordere
  12. Franu, I don't know whether to thank you for the link or not. Like I need another 'thing' to do! I already have a suitcase, literally a suitcase, full of candles from the last couple months of experimentation. Now soap? This could get so out of hand but I have to say it was so much fun! And if my experiments go wrong, I am in no risk of burning the house down with bad soap! (unlike my bad candles which now and then just go poof!). I have asked to join that group. Now I wait to see if I am acceptable. As for the swirls, they were not really part of the plan. But I was jabbing away
  13. Used SFIC clear base and SFIC cocoa butter base. I'm not sure how I feel about the results. 1) it's pretty gummy. Very soft. Sliced like butter and you can stick your fingernail into it with ease. Will this harden up if I leave it sitting out in the air? 2) the white cocoa butter still has the smell it came with despite adding a little vanilla scent to it. However, I realized later that the vanilla I used was for candles and I'm not sure it can be used in soap!!! Are soap and candle scents all interchangeable? 3) despite spraying the surface of the black soap with alcohol, the w
  14. Hello and thank you everyone. Why do I fool around with things that are not approved wick material? Because it's more funner. (yeah, bad grammar, I know. But funner grammar). I like to invent things, or at least challenge ideas. Sometimes I fail (mostly) but sometimes I win! I have the luxury of fooling around because I make these ghastly candles for myself and a few people who will love me even if I burn their houses down with my crappy candles. Although I endeavour not to do this and advise them if any of my candles start acting really weird, please throw it out. I did make s
  15. Been away for a while doing Other Stuff that got in the way of candle making. Even got in the way of candle burning ! Tore the house apart for renos that ended up taking WAAAY longer than expected! And went wrong to boot. Anyhow... was reading somewhere where someone was making wicks out of basic old kitchen string and finding that it burned okay but towards end of candle it got all wobbly and flopped over and the last 1/2 inch of candle was wasted because the wick dropped over. My crochet thread wicks do this same thing! Get floppy, plop over. Someone else suggested th
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