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Crafty1_AJ

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About Crafty1_AJ

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    http://www.ajscountrycottage.com

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    candles soap b&b
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    Missouri
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    chandler/soaper/B&B'er
  • About You
    Married mom of 2. Love to make candles, soap, and b&b items. Love cats. We have 2, plus a sweet dog!
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    Likes ~ Colors: Cool colors and jewel tones. Royal blue, purple, teal, deep pink. Love vibrant colors. Scents: eo's, plus vanilla, citrus, spicy, bakery, fruity fo's. Hobbies: Flavored coffees & herbal teas, knitting & crocheting, reading, See's chocolate, and collecting cute Snoopy stuff! Love pillars w/ interesting textures / finishes and layers; love handmade lotions, creams & scrubs.
    Dislikes ~ Scents: florals; heavy perfumey scents; straight lavender (ok in blends though!)

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  1. I don't wait until the wax is quite that firm. I pour when I start to see a film forming on the top surface of the soy wax. I also pour in small batches, which helps. (Usually 5 candles at a time.) If I pour larger batches, the wax is too firm by the end of the batch. I like to pour while the wax is still fluid enough to get an even pour, but as set up as possible without sacrificing fluidity. Oh, and the trick of using a heat gun while pouring? I do that too -- but with lip balms, not candles. LOL
  2. Factor in the Amazon mentality, and e-tail customers increasingly expect free shipping and 2-day delivery, even if you're a small business. If I charge $10 for a candle and $5 for shipping, the customer will choose $15 for the same candle with free shipping, even though the bottom line is the same. It's the "free is better" mentality. I've been testing that theory with local soap sales. I can say "25% off on 4" and sell OK. But when I change to "Buy 3, Get One Free" ... guess what? I sell more bars of soap.
  3. Another vote for climate controlled. I store mine on shelves in a windowless basement room. Dark is a plus.
  4. I'm with you … crocheting is fun! I knit, too. And dabble in quilting and weaving. The fiber arts are da bomb. Nice scarves!
  5. I slow cool so the wax doesn't shrink too fast and cause sinkholes. As a side benefit, I get good adhesion, which usually stays that way unless the candle is exposed to a big temperature drop, which doesn't happen often. I don't do outdoor shows in super cold weather.
  6. Yes. More wet spots in colder weather. My candle storage area has fairly stable temps, but I do take candles to shows and markets, where temps, if too cold, will cause some wax to pull away from the sides of the jars. That being said, my customers do not complain about wet spots. Ever!
  7. Yes, temp changes are key. Wax expands when hot and contracts when cool.
  8. Agreed. I am a born researcher and love to learn new stuff. Then after I do my homework, I dive in headlong and wholeheartedly into practicing. I work my butt off. We must be twins separated at birth. Except for that whole age difference thing.
  9. Fill a beverage cooler with freshly-poured candles. I have several coolers, and they work great. Most hold 15 square mason jars at a time easily. Fill voids with crumpled newspaper. Nice slow cool, and no fooling around with can covers or towels! Fantastic adhesion.
  10. I've made solid perfumes. Those are fairly easy. Use a good lip balm or lotion bar base and add a bit of body safe fragrance. We used to pour them into small lip balm pots. We dressed them up with a light dusting of cosmetic glitter. Stopped making them due to lack of time, but they were fun. At one point, we had about 20 or so varieties.
  11. Loving the little macaron and cupcake! I think you need a sign specifying that they are melts, or some kid is going to take a bite. LOL
  12. Come see my workshop floor. LOL. Dropped a bottle of brown liquid dye years ago, and trying to wipe it up just smeared it worse. If we ever have to sell, I cringe thinking about having to explain that one. Then one of my assistants spilled green all over the place just a few months later. I'm still finding hidden spots of that. I order clear glass droppers and keep those on hand to use with liquid dyes if they don't automatically come with droppers.
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