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  1. Jcandleattic

    Results Of My First Consumer Test

    How far down is the "tunnelling" because yes, most paraffin candle pillars will do that, and yes, most of the time you can just 'hug' them when the wax is warm enough. It's what I do with my paraffin candles, and the candle will completely consume itself until about the last couple inches of the pillar. However, even though it's hard to tell in the pic, it does look like the middle does go down a bit farther than I would like for my candles. (I will try to find a pic of some of my candles when I get home and show you what I mean) IMO any bigger of a wick and run the risk of blowouts for those that power burn. In my 3" diameter pillars I use a 24 flat braid, and I honestly don't know how that compares to an LX18 As for hot throw - how big of a room did she burn the candle in and how big is the room you are burning in? some scents are just not huge power throwers, and pear happens to be one them that I consider a "light" scent in pillars.
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    Palm wax shrinkage

    I've never had that problem, however if it develops, I'll make a note of it, and use the baking racks.
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    Clamshells vs Shaped Melts

    Scent retention would be the concern here. You don't want to use a material that will suck the scent out of the product.
  4. Jcandleattic

    Gulf Wax In A Pinch

    Will it work? Sure. Will it skew your testing? Most definitely. If you are making them for yourself and just want something until your wax comes in, then yeah, go for it. But if you want it for testing purposes, it won't work. Anytime you change waxes, you need to start the testing process all over again.
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    Palm wax shrinkage

    No, probably not. that's probably why the bottoms are cooling so much faster than your tops. The towel and styrofoam is absorbing the heat and cooling it more quickly than the tops are doing since there is nothing on the tops absorbing that heat. I don't use a cookie sheet, I just place my jars on the counter with nothing under the jars. Never really have a problem of them cooling unevenly.
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    Heat Gun Alternatives?

    paraffin blends and palm.
  7. Jcandleattic

    Help with Palm wicking

    Is this the first burn? Palm doesn't burn like soy or paraffin. It will burn down before it burns out. My palm candles don't reach the side of the jar until about the middle of the 3rd 4 hour burn. ETA- I should have added that in that size jar my palm candles don't reach the side of the jar until about the middle of the 3rd 4 hour burn.
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    Heat Gun Alternatives?

    Sorry I can't help you. Since I don't use soy, my candles come out with very smooth tops, so I never have to heat gun the tops. I use my heat gun mainly for shrink wrapping my votives (when I make them) and my soaps. Rarely for anything else.
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    Clamshells vs Shaped Melts

    I haven't heard that necessarily (I wrap my soap in shrink wrap, so still plastic) however, what I am hearing on the news and what-not that by the year 2025 plastic will be completely outlawed. We already have some groceries stores here in my state that have completely got plasticless and use either reusable burlap sacks, or back to the old days of brown kraft paper bags.
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    Palm wax shrinkage

    I don't. Not sure why that's happening to you. for me the bottoms do get solid a little quicker than the tops but not that much quicker that it would be a problem. By the time it's ready to flip, the bottom is only about 1/4 inch thick with the top being just solid enough not to leak.
  11. I have never found that to be the case. I mean, as long as I warmed the jars and then kept them in my environment, sometimes, (but never 100% of the time) I wouldn't get wet spots. However, once they left the ambient temp of my home/atmosphere they were made in, like taking them to a show, giving them as gifts, etc., the wet spots would ALWAYS appear. Not just sometimes, always, and once I realized that, I eliminated that useless step in my process. Now they just show up sooner is all. Also the fact that the consumer could honestly not care less - literally, they just do not care, then why bother? IMO it is really a waste of time and energy for something that is truly not needed in the least. Personally, my time is more valuable than fighting a fight that just does not need to be fought because it simply doesn't matter.
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    Palm wax shrinkage

    I use dye, yes, but can always see the liquid slosh then when I turn it over, the air bubble float upwards which ends up being the bottom of the candle.
  13. My dye must be really potent. I can't get it off using Dawn and that's the only dish detergent I'll use because it really cuts the grease/oil off of my soaping equipment, but when making candles and getting dye on my hands, I still have stained hands after cleanup, even with using Dawn. That's when I pull out the mineral oil, and dab a little on a paper towel. It's like magic.
  14. Jcandleattic

    Crazy long burn time...

    I don't work with soy, so not sure. Could be she added stearic, or some other additive. And as I said, she very well may have used pure soy as her wax, so her answer would be yes, even if additives were added. A pure soy candle and a 100% soy candle have different meanings. Or she could be lying about her both the wax and burn times. Did you purchase a candle and test it?
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    Palm wax shrinkage

    When I flip the middle is still molten wax and you can actually see the air pocket rise to the bottom of the container when you flip it. At least I can, as I use clear glass jars. Yes, the air bubbles are still there, but they are down at the bottom of the candle within the area where the neck of the wick tab is and the candle shouldn't be burned further down than that anyway, so this method works perfectly for me.