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JanetsCandles

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    Albuquerque, NM

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    candles b&b
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    Albuquerque, NM
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    Candle Maker

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  1. You can get a really big roll of wax paper or freezer paper or even parchment paper (I might suggest using that, especially if you're planning to gel or hp your soap... it won't leach any wax into the soap if you're using a hot recipe) at places like sam's club or costco for fairly cheap. I make a lot of my own molds, so I might have to try this one. It also gives me ideas for doing a vertical rectangle mold, too.
  2. I haven't exactly moved on, but I'm not able to be on as frequently. Health issues for myself and some very stressful situations in the family have made me put a lot of things on the back burner. I'm a bit worried with how the season is going to go because of it.
  3. Do any of the rest of you guys order from French Color and Fragrance? I got a letter from them saying that they are going to $400 minimums as of Sept 1, 2013. I have a specially formulated red colorant from them, but don't generally get any other of their fragrances or colors as a general rule (I really don't need the minimum amounts they sell).
  4. Fresh Bamboo is awesome. I also love "Shave and a Haircut." I was one of the testers for that one, and it was beautiful in both CP and M&P soap.
  5. We have to make our own molds for the extra long tapers. My vat isn't deep enough to dip anything more than a 12" taper. You might check with a company called Smooth-on. Some of the distributors will make the molds for you, and the company isn't far from where you are, either. So you may have to wait for a little bit of time to get the molds, and they will be either silicone or polyurethane, but it can be done.
  6. I have, and did when I first started with candles. You can actually whip pillar waxes, so you don't have to go after the Creme wax. I believe places like Peak carry "Sample" sizes, which are about 2 lbs. I think some of the other online stores may, as well. Or you could set aside a bit from your blocks, even. As for the retail shops, you are going to pay a LOT more than if you work with some of the suppliers. But you can get some of the better kinds at the retail shops, too. Just not as many options.
  7. I blend Peak's Sweet Pumpkin Spice in with a couple other FOs. I have a couple bars left, but it was awesome in soap like that. It will trace super fast straight, though.
  8. I'm having better luck lately with spraying it with rubbing alcohol before putting the mold to bed. It was a suggestion over on BrambleBerry, so tried it on the last half dozen batches. No ash so far, and that was with a couple recipes that did it bad in the past.
  9. I've taken Peak's to 6%, and haven't had trouble with MOST fragrances, but a few will end up sweating. I haven't taken it to 12% ever, and honestly don't plan to. I would contact filmore and ask if it is the same as the IGI feather palm wax. If it is, it should be the same wax. (Please, guys, correct me if I'm wrong on that... I'm fairly sure that's where Peak's comes from but may be mistaken.)
  10. I had some of Peak's FBC, and loved it OOB, but once it got hot, uck!
  11. That is exactly what I was looking for. I'd forgotten about it being on Soap Queen. Thanks a bunch!
  12. Anyone know of where to find a soap safe paint that comes in white and black colors? I know Milky Way Molds carries primary colors, but I have dire need of making eyeballs on a soap. The area is far too thin to keep the color if I dab it into the mold before pouring the outer color. Any ideas on a substitute for it, if there just isn't any black or white paint?
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