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  1. Has anyone here had experience arranging freight for pallets of materials. Is there a go to company you use? Or do you have any advice on how to find one?
  2. How do you arrange for shipping for a pallet? Is there a go to freight company y’all have used?
  3. Do any of you dip spooled wicks in wax before using? I am having a problem with my mold seal, which is gray, staining my wicks.
  4. I am by no means an expert, however, I have noticed the same thing. My theory is that the cotton wicks literally wick more of the wax and fragrance oil into the flame while the wooden wicks simply burn the surface wax. I have just about given up on wooden wicks for this reason. I use some really expensive oils and using more of them is not an economically viable option.
  5. Awesome! My husband has this in his shop! Thanks again
  6. 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.
  7. Where do you get the ones on sheets? That would certainly improve the situation.
  8. 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!
  9. 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?
  10. That is concerning. Unfortunately I’ve experienced the same with GW 464. Maybe it’s just a natural wax phenomena? I don’t know.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. 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
  18. 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 program, but I'm thinking of setting up shop on Shopify or another platform. For those of you who have a website, what do you use? After looking at my income and expenses, I am very discouraged overall. I know this wasn't the best year to start any kind of business. I didn't get to do an in-person show until the end of October so I was selling to people I know. I also had to invest in a lot of equipment and supplies that I still have in stock and of course make sure I had the very best fragrances by ordering some from just about everywhere. Still, I'm thinking I'll have to at least increase my prices or else I'm really doing this for free. I hope this gets better.
  19. Thank you so much for this! I do have the tobacco, which is rather sweet, kind of like pipe tobacco, but not the green tobacco oil. I think that one would fit the bill. I also am pleased to see they have coconut apricot wax in stock, which I use for my luxe line.
  20. This is very helpful info. I really appreciate it. My work area is temp controlled while I’m working but my husband likes to keep our 105 year old house colder on a regular basis. That could explain why I’m having this problem worse now that it’s getting colder. I understand what you are saying about 464 vs c3 and my coconut wax load. The only weird thing is that I get better results with the 464 than the c3. In other words, I have fewer candles that pull away from the sides. I know c3 needs to be poured hotter. I love that I almost always get beautiful smooth tops with c3 and perfect adhesion at first, but after a day or two, about half of them pull away from the sides. So frustrating. I’ll try some of your suggestions including reducing my coconut load. I’m about to run out of it anyway and can’t get any more any time soon due to supply problems, so I should cut down for that reason alone or just try pure soy for a while. Thanks again.
  21. I am using GW464. I had switched to C3 when it first started happening, so I thought if I changed back, maybe the problem would be solved. Not so much. Most of my candles adhere fine, but at least 1 of 4 lately pulls away from the container partially after several days.
  22. I haven’t done this because I’m already using 20% coconut wax, but maybe this will give me a different effect. Thank you!
  23. Thanks so much, TallTayl. I know from being on this forum for a short time that you're a guru, so I appreciate the reassurance! ❤️
  24. Kind of like Mitch McConnell. So sorry. Couldn’t help myself. But in all seriousness, so buyers accept this Shrinkage?
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