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About jancita

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    Winston-Salem, NC
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    Soy/Coconut Wax candles, writing, reading, cycling, photography.


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  1. Awesome! My husband has this in his shop! Thanks again
  2. My molds are aluminum. I think I am pouring too hot. Where do you get your silicone release spray? I've had a difficult time finding molds and molded candle supplies. Also, have you found a good source for beeswax. I purchased mine from Bulk Apothecary to start, but man is it expensive and they are better than most. Thanks so much! You are always so helpful.
  3. Where do you get the ones on sheets? That would certainly improve the situation.
  4. Hi all, I've been experimenting with making white beeswax pillar and votive candles. I've had some success, but I often have the wax stick to the sides of the molds. This creates a defect in the surface of the candle. I use olive oil to coat the molds before I pour them, and I put them in the freezer before popping them out. The worst is that my last pillar candle is stuck in the mold! So frustrating. I can't even seem to melt it out. thank you!
  5. Quick poll: Who believes wick stickers are quicker, and who believes using a hot glue gun is quicker. I currently use wick stickers and get frustrated with the process of wicking containers, but maybe it's just because it's so tedious. Just wondering what other folks do and why?
  6. That is concerning. Unfortunately I’ve experienced the same with GW 464. Maybe it’s just a natural wax phenomena? I don’t know.
  7. Interesting. I haven’t experienced that with Coco 83, but I’ve done many fewer Coco 83 alone. Do you think the age of each coco 83 lot may be a contributing factor?
  8. I have just made my first white beeswax pillar. Problem is, I have no idea which side is the top - the concave side at the top of the plastic mold, or the flat side that was at the bottom? Also wondering if you all who use spooled wicks normally dip your wicks on wax first
  9. This is fascinating. Thanks so much foe sharing such a scientific analysis. I use a combo of GW 464 and Coco 83, but after two bad batches of 464, I’m about ready to move to Coco 83 entirely. Just wish it was a little harder. May try adding white beeswax to it to see how that works. I’ll report back.
  10. Thank you! That is probably the problem as I made it and was so excited to try it, I burned it right away. Oops. How long do you recommend waiting? It’s white beeswax from Bulk Apothecary.
  11. Hi all, I have just made my first beeswax taper 7/8, 10 inches. I used pure beeswax and a 1/0 square braided wick. It burns beautifully but the wick is not self trimming as it burns. Any advice?
  12. I have been making candles for years and selling them for about a year. I have many requests for candles that can be used outside in the hot summer days of summer here in NC and the surrounds. I don't want to use paraffin, but I also don't want candles meant to stay at an outdoor bar to turn to liquid when it reaches 100 degrees. Does anyone have advice on natural waxes to use to combat this problem? Thank you!
  13. So true. I was just reading yesterday how Etsy has become a Wall Street darling, which means, yes, of course they’ve changed their focus to investors and are doing so at the expense of makers. Too bad investors and makers can’t be the same group of people. I think we need a new model
  14. I have sold on Etsy since March of this year. I also use Square for POS at shows or for folks who order directly from me and want to pay via card. I disconnected Etsy from Square after I did an online show that I couldn't even connect to my Etsy site and used Square to send invoices. Etsy charged me a listing fee for every item I sold, including items I've never even listed there. 😡 So recently, I finally got around to putting all of my expenses and income into Quickbooks Self-employed. I was shocked at how much Etsy is taking from each sale! Good to know about the affiliate progr
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