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    Candle-making, Soap-making, B&B - pretty much anything crafty.


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  1. Thanks! They were all so fun to make.
  2. Thank you, no haven't named it yet. Something will come to me when I get ready to package it up.
  3. It wouldnt' be that hard to actually do, however, I can never get straight lines in my rainbow soaps though. All you'd have to do is make a rainbow soap, cut it out in a heart shape, then put it inside a pvc pipe mold. As said, it wouldn't be hard but it would be extremely time consuming which would drive the price up making it pretty much unaffordable for the amount of soap it would actually yield.
  4. It works, but like I said, it could cause pitting, depending on how it's applied. What I now do (for my molds only, not clams, as they release easy but I'm sure the concept would be the same) spray a paper towel, lightly, then rub that around the mold. Works like a charm and no pitting since I stopped spraying the actual mold and then trying to wipe the excess away.
  5. Be careful adding vybar. If too much is added it can bind your scent and then you end up with no throw at all. Most blends (such as 4625 and 4794 already have vybar in then so I add only a tsp per 3lb batch - I probably don't need it, but it's what I've been doing since I can remember, and now it's just habit and I haven't tried it without)
  6. Unless it's wiped down carfully, it could cause pit marks. Same as it would in molds. Don't ask me how I know!! LOL 😕
  7. I've been telling candlemakers this for years, but because the natural waxes soot is a lighter color and less noticeable, people think it doesn't exist. It's very frustrating!!
  8. I'm surprised you are having trouble with the 4625/4794 mix. When using clams I use a mix of 4625/4794 50/50. they pop right out and have an amazing throw both cold and hot (depending on the FO of course, but almost all throw well IME) Of course even though both of these waxes are pre-blends, I do add both vybar and stearic to my batches, and maybe those additives help with the release. IDK but they literally come right out without any residue or sticking to the clam...
  9. Yep, agreed. Learn, read, research then expand. You can start with a kit, see if you even like doing it in the first place. Learn which oils bring the qualities you want in a soap. Fancy soaps are great, and what I make and market my soaps as, however, as fancy as they are, they should still be functional, and skin soothing. Soapmaking, in my personal experience, has a faster learning curve than candlemaking does, so there is a plus there. However, the wait time is much longer. Most soaps will need at least a 4 week cure, and depending on oils can take much longer to get a nice cure. You will learn all the terminology with the research you do. Just know that cure does not = saponify. As long as a soap has fully saponified and there is no active lye in the end product, it will be perfectly safe to use. However, it will not be it's best or the most mild it can be until a full cure is achieved.
  10. I don't use 4630, but I do use a paraffin container wax, and I very rarely get sooting in my 16oz jars, and when I do, it is very minimal. What sized zinc core are you using? what is your scent load? I find that most sooting in paraffin is either due to a wick(s) that is too large, or that too much fragrance is being used. Try dropping your scent load, and using a smaller wick or different wick series.
  11. First - Butterfly Kisses - scented with blend of green apple essence, bontanical orchard & nectar, pink lilac & willow, and a touch of peppermint. Second - Honey, I'm Home - scented with a blend of wild mountain honey, Vermont honey apple, and a touch of french vanilla to mellow it out. Third - no name yet - scented with a blend pink lemonade, sea island grapefruit and pink sugar. the base is a pink with a red swirl, but I saved out too much red for the topping so the top is almost all red - the red is the true red set from Mad Micas. Every time I use it I'm impressed...
  12. 1. How long did it take you after realizing you wanted to make a business out of it to actually sell wholesale or retail? For candles about 3 years from making/testing to selling. For soaps, about 18 months - probably could have done so much earlier with the soaps as soapmaking was a much easier learning curve for me, but I kept thinking I was missing something because candles took so long for me to master. Was it a good choice for you? Yes, very much so 2. You spend lots of dollars? Yes, hundreds if not thousands of start up costs 3. Do you sell wholesale? I used to have several wholesale accounts, but it just became such a hassle with my customers trying to always circumvent the T&C's of the contract, or wanting to change things when contracts came up for renegotiation that I quit wholesaling and have been much happier since. 4. How do you get your business meaning how do you secure accounts? - n/a 5. Is this a full time job or do it for the fun.? Do you have a job besides this? This is very much a business for me, and yes I also do it for fun, and I also work a full time job outside of my craft business 6. Do you do craft shows? Yes 7. Do you sell on Etsy or Amazon? no 8. Do you have employees? Not paid employees, but my family helps out much more than any paid employee ever could 9. Do you have a storefront? No, I have a website, and social media 10. Do you print your own labels? half/half. Some I print at home some I have outsourced by a print shop 11. Where do you create your products ....in the kitchen or have a certain area area in your home or separate workshop? For legal purposes I have a separate area in my home that gets inspected anytime the city/county/state feels necessary 12. What advice can you give to someone who wants to make a business out of this? Do your research and learn as much as you can about the craft you are creating. Do you do all your own testings and what is the projected time you could tell someone they could be ready to sell? This is too subjective for an easy answer Can a person really know all about this subject and expect to start up in a month or 2? In my opinion, no. Not in a month. Maybe 6-8 months, or longer, everyone learns at different rates, but I have been doing this for 20+ years, and I still don't know EVERYTHING there is to know about this subject What are the pros and cons? Another question that is too subjective for a quick/easy answer.
  13. The first time, the second time and now the 3rd time. As much as they claimed to have valued their customers, their actions certainly did not reflect that.
  14. Try Celtic Moonspice from Rustic. It's very very similar.
  15. I knew what you meant, and yeah, as stated, I make the same recipe but don't scent my frosting/piping but I will sometimes color it. I don't frost a lot of my soaps though. Very few.
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