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  1. We've got a spammer in this thread (post #4): Spray and Roll-on Perfumes Formulas

  2. pls help me i have sent emails asking to change my name and i have had no reply. I would like to change my name to Nicolette so people will know who i am. Pls help me do this:)

  3. There is an inapproriate photo of a woman in the following thread that really should be removed ASAP.

    http://www.craftserver.com/forums/showthread.php?108042-Make-something-to-hold-pants-legs-in-boots

  4. Holy moly are all these posts foreign language spam? Don't know if reported.

    Chris

  5. POLYPROPYLENE Bags for sale

    I had a blonde moment and posted my email address and physical address publicly in a reply to this post. I cannot find anyplace to edit that post. Can someone shove me in the right direction to do that? If not, please remove my addresses from that post, please.

    Thank you!

    scifichik

  6. Hello , when will the upcoming class schedule be posted for October/December for beginner candle makers

  7. Hello,

    I'm sure you have read my post concerning Meg 10 in the classifieds and how she tried to commit fraud and fortunately my sister was able to reverse pay pal funds. I sure hope Candlelady gets her wax. I, as well as other members of the board here sure hope that this deceitful person is banned from here. Have you tried to contact her? Have you considered on banning her? I sure hope so for everyone concerned here and the future.

    Thankyou.

    Trappeur

  8. http://soapcalc.com/calc/SoapCalc.asp The SoapCalc calculator is similar to the MMS calculator, but gives you more information on soap qualities. You need to enter your recipe in %s. Select an oil in the middle section, then click on the + in the oil/fat section on the right. Keep doing that for all your oils and butters, entering the correct % for each line. (If you only have actual amounts, not %s, you can either calculate the %s by hand, or enter the amounts in the MMS calculator and copy their %s to this one) If you want it to calculate your total amount of fragrance, enter your amount per pound in the Fragrance Ratio section in the bottom left. Change the Total Oil Weight to however big you want to make your recipe, top middle of the page. Click on the "compute recipe" at the bottom of the oil/fat section on the right to calculate all of your amounts. Your measuring guide will be at the bottom. of the page. It gives them to you in 3 different units, so you can select which column is easiest to use (ounces, probably, unless you like grams) You will get an error if the oils don't add up to 100%. Soap Qualities The first column shows the qualities for the oil selected in the center section of the page. Once you click calculate, you will see values in the second column. There aren't any "correct" numbers, but most people like to get their conditioning up over 50-60%, and the fluffy and stable numbers as high as they can for bubbles - 15s, 20s. The iodine value is an indication of hardness, try to keep that in the low 70s or lower. The smaller the iodine value, the harder the bar. Fatty Acid The fatty acid section shows how each oil is made up of different fatty acids. The first column shows the values for the selected oil in the center of the page. The second column shows the values for your total recipe. If you want to learn about the properties of fatty acids, you can check the following pages. http://www.naturesapprentice.com/oilchart.htm http://millersoap.com/oilproperties.htm If you want to change your lye discount You can change your discount at the top right. The calculator defaults to a 5% lye discount. If you want to do a water discount based on amount of oils If you want to do a water discount, you will need to change the "Water as % of Oils" value top right. If you are familiar with the MMS calculator, the range it usually shows for water is 25%-38%. Click the "compute recipe" to recalculate the amount of water. If you want to do a water discount based on amount of lye If you want to calculate your water based on the amount of lye (DWCP), you will still need to change the "Water as % of Oils" value, since the calculator doesn't let you change the "%lye" or "water:lye ratio" fields that you would normally use. Keep reducing the number from 38 down, and watch the %Lye or ratio numbers til you get where you want to go. Click the "compute recipe" to recalculate the amount of water. I'd say a nice discount would show the water:lye ratio somewhere around 2:1. A deeper discount would be somewhere around 1.8:1 or 1.5:1, but you really need to know how your FO and recipe will act this a discount that deep. General Notes You can also keep this calculator offline - in your browser, go to File-Save As, and save it to your hard drive.
  9. Gel wax is a mineral oil and a resin polymer that creates a jelly like clear wax. WAX What are the types of gel wax from Penreco? Penreco gel wax comes in 3 forms Versagel® C LP: Lowest density- most commonly used for plain gel candles. Not the best gel wax for suspending objects. Versagel® C MP: Medium density-used in plain gel candle but can also suspend lite to medium weight objects. Versagel® C HP:Heavy density- used mainly to suspend heavier objects. SCENTING What temperature should I mix my fragrance oils? 203-221° F What kind of fragrances can be used in gel wax? You should use a non polar fragrance with a flash point of 170 degrees or higher. Why do I have to use non polar Fragrances? Polar fragrance oils will separate from the gel wax leaving what is called a fragrance oil pocket. When the flame comes in contact with it you will have a flare up that could cause your glassware to get too hot and shatter. The resulting flare up could cause a fire if the flame comes into contact with anything above or around the candle. Testing for polarity: Here is a link to instruction on how to test for polarity. http://www.gelcandlemaking.com/section4.html How much fragrance can I use in gel wax? You should never go over the recommend fragrance load in gel wax. LP: 0 to 3% MP and HP 0 to 5% Can I use essential oils in gel candles? No unfortunately essential oils are not only not available in a non polar, but the flash points of the oils are way to low for use in gels. Can I use any fragrance oil if I mix another wax with the gel wax? No you still need to use non polar fragrance oils. HEATING What is the flash point of gel wax? 430°F What is the melt point of gel wax? 160 to 200 F How do I melt my gel wax? Gel wax needs direct heat to melt. The double boiler method just won’t get the job done. A Presto pot set about 200 to 250F is one way. Or in the oven set on warm in a metal pot, or Pyrex glass measuring cup. Last and possibly the worst way is directly on a burner set on the lowest setting but if you do it this way please never leave it unattended, not even for a second. At what temperature should I pour gel wax? 185-203° F WICKS What wicks should I use? Most prefer zinc cored wicks but other wicks such as HTP and LX can be used. Just make sure your wick stands straight while burning. What wick tab should I use? If you are making your gel candle in a glass container you should use a wick tab with at least a 9mm neck. How do I secure my wicks? You can secure it with a wick stick-um or a glue dot What is crimping? It is using certain items to stop the flame at the level you chose. Why do you need to crimp your wicks? You don’t need to do it to all your candles. If you use sand or other porous materials in your candles you want to stop the flame before it reaches them. Sand and other porous material will absorb the fragrance oil from your gel and become highly flammable. How do you crimp your wicks? Crimping is done by the use of certain items that will stop the flame at any given point. There are different methods and types of crimps used to achieve this. Some use a metal jewelry crimp which is squeezed tight with needle nosed pliers around the wick at the point we wish the flame to stop. Others use glass beads but they can shatter with the heat. It is difficult to find a glass bead that fits tight enough for the wicks we use. A cheaper alternative is cutting strips of tin from say your aluminum tea light cups and pinching it tight where needed. Just make sure you get it tight enough - any space will allow the flame to pass through. Embeds and Glassware. What are safe items to embed? Safe embeds are wax, glass, and stone. Porcelain too, if it is well sealed. Never place porcelain, glass or stone embeds too close to the wick as they can get hot and shatter. Other item such as plastics, resin, sea horse and starfish should only be used if you are double glassing to make a forever candle. What are safe containers for gel candles? When you select glassware to use in your gel candles you need to make sure it is thick and suitable for hot liquids. Anything too thin can possibly cause strain on the glassware and result in it breaking. Glassware like votive glasses, tumblers, ivy bowls, champagne flutes, mugs, brandy snifters, and candy dishes are generally suitable for gel candles. Make sure the opening is no less than 2" in diameter. Things like wood, pottery and clay are too porous and will absorb the fragrance oil and can become flammable. Plastic should never be used. Stay away from cut glassware or pre-painted glassware as both have already been stressed and is weakened. Dyes What kind of dyes can be used in gel wax? You can use liquid or block dyes. But using too much block dyes can cloud your candle. Misc. Can you mix gel and other waxes? Yes you can. Adding other waxes can give you candles real life appearances. What is a forever candle? A forever candle is a candle using the double glass method. What is double glassing? It a method that enables you to use almost any item in your candle, they are also called forever or eternity candles. Double glassing is done by having a glass container inside another glass container the outer glass is fill with gel wax and any items you want placed. The inter container is where the candle really and it separates your flame from all the items in you outer container. Double glassing is a safe way to have items like starfish, seahorses, silk roses and other flammable items in your candles. Can you use molds with gel wax? Yes but only flexible type molds. Can I use glitter in gel wax? Yes, but it needs to be cosmetic grade glitter. Troubleshooting How do I get rid off all these bubbles? If you already have the bubble there are a few things you can try to get rid of them. You can try putting your candle in the oven on warm for about and hour. Or you can place your candle in a window that faces the sun. Be careful, though, with colored gel candles when doing this as you might have a fading. You can also place your candles under a heat lamp. But make sure your heat lamp is at least 12” from the top of the candle. For surface bubbles you can use a heat gun, and can also do this for bubbles close to the glass. Make sure you keep your heat gun moving, you don’t want the glassware to get to hot in any one spot. How to prevent bubbles? There are several methods to decreasing/preventing the incident of bubbles. The best way is to stir as little as possible with a metal spoon before adding fragrance and then mix your fragrance slowly but thoroughly. Also let you gel wax rest after mixing so the bubbles will rise to the top. You can pour over the back of a warm spoon. It will help stop the bubbles. Pouring one layer at a time will help you get rid of the bubbles so pour layer by layer. This is also a good technique if you are suspending items. If you are using sand pour a thin layer over the sand and let set up. Then pour another thin layer let it set up this will keep the air trapped in the sand. Another option is to pour a layer over the sand put in the oven on warm and let the gel saturate the gel. Finally, make sure all you embeds are clean and dry. You can soak items such as sea shells and glass in mineral oil the will help prevent bubbles. Why is my gel candle cloudy? There can be several reasons why your gel is cloudy. - Using polar fragrances - Glassware and embeds may not have been clean - Too much fragrance oil - Too much wax on your wicks Urban Myth I have heard gel candles explode is it true? Yes and no. A properly made gel candle is just as safe as any other candle to burn. But if you will look at some gel candle books, the techniques suggested are not always safe. Improper or unsecured wicking using polar fragrances, adding flammable items to the gel candle, all of these go in to making a candle that can flare up and cause the glass container to break. Research, test and experiment your craft.
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  11. MMS - http://the-sage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php SoapCalc (Sooz) - http://soapcalc.com/calc/SoapCalc.asp RJs - http://recipes.herbalsoapsbyrj.com/calculators/ Summer Bee Meadow - http://www.summerbeemeadow.com/SitePages/SBMLyeCalculatorInput.html Other calculators : SoapMaker - 30 day trial - http://soapmaker.ca/ Soul Gazer Sundries Cream Soap Calc trial version - http://www.futureventuresonline.com/calculator.html
  12. Q. What recipe can I use with easy-to-find grocery store oils? A. Kathy Millers site has a bunch of good starting recipes. Castile type - lots of olive oil http://millersoap.com/castile.html Vegetable oils - http://millersoap.com/soapallveg.html Lard/Tallow - http://millersoap.com/soapanimal.html One suggestion - these are large recipes. Put them into the MMS lye calculator at http://the-sage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php and on the second page bottom resize them to 36 or 48 oz recipes. 2 simple recipes: 90% olive 10% castor (at the pharmacy) OR 75% soy shortening 25% coconut Run these through a calculator to determine water and lye amounts. Recipe below contributed by CandyBee One of my favorites using all locally purchased oils from Walmart. This is my soap recipe for those summer blemish breakouts and it also helps acne: 45% olive oil 25% coconut oil 25% lard 5% castor oil (in the pharmacy section) Another Walmart oils recipe I use for an ultra creamy soap. Add coconut milk or goat milk as your liquid from extra creaminess: 40% olive oil 30% GV shortening (use the one made with animal fats made from tallow & palm oil) 25% coconut oil 5% castor oil 5% sweet almond oil My favorite bastile soap: 75% olive oil (infuse the oil with calendula petals a few days before you soap it for a milder soap - the calendula may be left in or strained out as you prefer using a simple strainer) 15% coconut oil 5% castor oil 5% sweet almond oil This post has been promoted to an article
  13. Q. What recipe can I use with easy-to-find grocery store oils? A. Kathy Millers site has a bunch of good starting recipes. Castile type - lots of olive oil http://millersoap.com/castile.html Vegetable oils - http://millersoap.com/soapallveg.html Lard/Tallow - http://millersoap.com/soapanimal.html One suggestion - these are large recipes. Put them into the MMS lye calculator at http://the-sage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php and on the second page bottom resize them to 36 or 48 oz recipes. 2 simple recipes: 90% olive 10% castor (at the pharmacy) OR 75% soy shortening 25% coconut Run these through a calculator to determine water and lye amounts. Recipe below contributed by CandyBee One of my favorites using all locally purchased oils from Walmart. This is my soap recipe for those summer blemish breakouts and it also helps acne: 45% olive oil 25% coconut oil 25% lard 5% castor oil (in the pharmacy section) Another Walmart oils recipe I use for an ultra creamy soap. Add coconut milk or goat milk as your liquid from extra creaminess: 40% olive oil 30% GV shortening (use the one made with animal fats made from tallow & palm oil) 25% coconut oil 5% castor oil 5% sweet almond oil My favorite bastile soap: 75% olive oil (infuse the oil with calendula petals a few days before you soap it for a milder soap - the calendula may be left in or strained out as you prefer using a simple strainer) 15% coconut oil 5% castor oil 5% sweet almond oil
  14. Q. What is gel? A. As your oils are saponifying, heat is generated. The mix can get so hot that everything takes on a translucent quality. When you peek at it, you notice that kind of dark center? It all eventually fades back down to the normal opaque look. So gel just means your soap is saponifying properly.
  15. Q. How do I know how much oil I need to fill a mold? A. One way to estimate how much a mold will hold is to measure the internal dimensions of your mold - length x width x height x .4 will give you the ounces of oils that it should be in your recipe.. For example, a mold that is 18" long, 3.5" wide that is poured to 2.5" tall will hold 18 x 3.5 x 2.5 x .4 which is 63 oz. Which is close to 64 oz, 4 pounds. When someone talks about a 3 pound soap recipe, they are usually referring to the amount of oils.
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