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  1. I have been on lurking now and then, looking and researching, still one of the best places for that. I have started a new adventure in beeswax candles. Just started and am trying to get my wicking down on the jars I am using. So much different than all of the other waxes I have used before. Soy is still my wax of choice, only making them for myself and friends and family. Still making soap every now and then, and beginning to experiment with lotion bars a bit. No time right now to market and sell the candles right now, but hope to one day. I hope you are doing great, and your candle sales are out of site! Take care my friend!
  2. They are oils, they cannot be watery, if they were you wouldn't be able to use them in wax. It also depends on what scents you ordered. Some of the scents I thought were a little week out of the bottle, turned out to be great throwers in wax.
  3. I live close enough to Lonestar to pick up my order, so I order from them a lot. I use soy, so some of their FO's are a little weak to me, but that is the soy. I use a lot of their Fragrance Oils. Some of my favorites, Fudge Brownie, Creamy Vanilla, Leather, Pumpkin Pie Spice....
  4. Try Lonestar Julie for your Leather, smells like the real thing. I haven't tried their Lilac, but have just recently gotten several new FO's to try.
  5. I use the 415 wax with about 3% beeswax and it smooths out the tops of my candles and helps them set up better when cooling.
  6. I am pretty certain that when I had to order soy that I ordered the EZ Soy and it was the same as GB 415, which I can now get locally.
  7. I bought some wood wicks from Lonestar. They have burned well in my soy candles, and they have done pretty well. I just haven't used them that long though to tell you much else about them.
  8. Just a little piece of information. HTP wicks burn in one direction. I use GB415 in my status jars and double wick them mostly with HTP83 wicks. If you look at the wick on both sides, there is a pattern of a right side up "v", and on the other side a downward or upside down "v". The wick will burn toward the downward or upside down "v". So when placing my wicks, i place them with the downward "v" pointing outward. This keeps the heat from being all in the middle of the candle. If you are getting goodsized mushrooms on them that the candles could be underwicked or have too much FO. Not all people like to double wick, but it is the best way that I have discovered, to get my candles to burn properly, all the way across and all the way down.
  9. Not my circus, not my monkeys.

  10. I find that soy candles do best if left to sit for a week or 2 with the lids on them. i would never move them when they are warm, as the candle is not completely set. This information should be soy candles 101 for a seasoned candle maker.
  11. You are correct rjdaines, not sure why, but the HTP126 was designed to be a hotter wick than the HTP1212 and HTP1312. I don't use wicks that large since I double wick. But something to keep in mind if you are single wicking.
  12. For those of you that have wondered if the HTP wicks and CD wicks were similar, here is a posting from the archives from Alan that shows a tested comparison of both of them. Someone was talking about it a short time ago and I thought I had read something on it at one time. What this post indicates is that the CD and HTP wicks are about the same wick, one is manufactured in Germany (CD wick) and the HTP is manufactured in the U.S. Title: CD vs. HTP Post by Crystal on Apr 30th, 2004, 5:24pm Hi is is safe to say that a CD6 is pretty close to a HTP41 and a CD 8 is close to HTP62? I am under the impression that the burn quality is very close, I am wondering if these would be good subs for each other in the time of need? TIA CrystalTitle: Re: CD vs. HTP Post by elizabeth on Apr 30th, 2004, 9:18pm Crystal, Alan posted a response on another thread recently in which he stated that CD & HTP wicks are essentially the same wick. He did extensive burn testing and in side by side comparisons, found there to be no real difference between the two. He did go on to say that HTP wicks are crafted in the USA and for that reason, Peak's decided to carry them over the CDs. I have some of both types of wicks and would love to see a size comparison chart. If I run into one, I'll be sure to post it for ya. HTHTitle: Re: CD vs. HTP Post by elizabeth on Apr 30th, 2004, 9:22pm Crystal, Here is the thread : http://www.candletech.com/cgi-local/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Discussions;action=display;num=1083293450Title: Re: CD vs. HTP Post by Slow-burn on Apr 30th, 2004, 9:40pm Liz, what size do you use in your jelly jar? An htp 83 works great for me. Don't get a complete melt pool on 1st burn, but do on consectutive burns. Plus the jar stays pretty cool this way. Maybe if we can compare what I have had luck with on htp's and what you have had luck with on cd's we may get somewhere :-/ Although, I am still testing like crazy--can't wait to get that darn basement done! Edited to add this site, it has helped me with the use of my htp's. But didn't see any cd's? http://braidway.com/Wick%20Page/New%20Rate%20Charts.htmTitle: Re: CD vs. HTP Post by elizabeth on Apr 30th, 2004, 9:58pm heather, it's been awhile since I've made an 8 oz. jelly. I think I used a CD10 last time I made one.Title: Re: CD vs. HTP Post by Alan on May 1st, 2004, 11:50am Was going to do this yesterday, but I somehow I kept getting interrupted. This is a loose cross-reference. HTP-31, CD-4 HTP-41, CD-5 HTP-52, CD-6 HTP-62, CD-7 HTP-73, CD-8 HTP-83, CD-10 HTP-93, CD-12 HTP-104, CD-14 HTP-105, CD-16 HTP-126, CD-18 HTP-1212, CD-20 HTP-1313, CD-22
  13. Beautiful rustics, lucky recipients.
  14. Very pretty Steve....I have to be in a certain frame of mind these days to have the patience for pillars, but yours have been looking very nice.
  15. I have been using the 415 soy for about 5 years, with about 3-4% beeswax, and pour cool, and have nice looking candles just about every time. Heatguns are not that expensive and are one of the best tools you can have for candlemaking.
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