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FIRST RUSTIC PILLARS

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I gotta say I was a little nervous about making these (silly, I know)  but finally took the plunge and made my first rustics... Yay! :bliss:

 

Green candle scented with Fillmore's Christmas Tree in round 3 X 4-1/2

 

Berry candle scented with RE's Plumberry Spice in octagon spiral mold 2-3/4 x 4-1/2

 

Made with IGI 4625 wax, they smell delicious cold--used both of these scents previously in container candles with 4627 with very good hot throw so hoping for the same here.........

 

Thanks for looking!   

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Those are very nice!! 

 

 

Trapp, you can do it! Rustic pillars are really no different than any other pillar - it's all in the wax, additives and temperature. 

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Thank you all for your compliments and support.  I have been a member of the board for about a year and a half now, post once in a while and do a lot of lurking and researching.  I have learned a lot from all you seasoned chandlers and want to sincerely thank you for your contributions which have helped me more than you know.  I could not have made these candles without the knowledge gained on this board.   I am proud to be part of this community and hope to pass my knowledge on to newbies in the future.  Have a great day all !!  :)

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they are beautiful...you out did yourself on these..

i have always been fascinated with making pillars..but never gave it a try..

 

edited....forgot to say...i love the colors

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Absolutely BEAUTIFUL job Terry!!! What pretty designs! It is so hard waiting to see what your final candles look like while they are cooling, but once it is ready to unmold...it is just like opening a present. Good for you!! :)

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@ Georgia, yes it was fun!  Can't wait to do the next ones in different colors and scents...Whoo Hoo !

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Would like to know how much is too much hugging on a pillar?

 

I used the 24 flat braid wick and as you can see the berry is burning faster because the mold was about 1/4" smaller in diameter. There is about 2-1/2" left on the green and 1-3/4" on the berry.  I twisted the wick 4-5 times, did not use a wick pin when making. They have been burned simultaneously during testings.

I feel like I need to play too much with the candles while they are burning to get them to burn down evenly.  These guys have been burning about 3-1/2 hours now.  This candle was hugged about 3X this morning while burning and I have been doing this on just about all prior burns.  My concern is that a customer would probably not do this....

 

What should I change if anything?

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Would like to know how much is too much hugging on a pillar?

 

I used the 24 flat braid wick and as you can see the berry is burning faster because the mold was about 1/4" smaller in diameter. There is about 2-1/2" left on the green and 1-3/4" on the berry.  I twisted the wick 4-5 times, did not use a wick pin when making. They have been burned simultaneously during testings.

I feel like I need to play too much with the candles while they are burning to get them to burn down evenly.  These guys have been burning about 3-1/2 hours now.  This candle was hugged about 3X this morning while burning and I have been doing this on just about all prior burns.  My concern is that a customer would probably not do this....

 

What should I change if anything?

The only time I hug my pillars is at the end of the burn after I blow out the flame. I hug it and then let it set up for the next burn. 

If I had to babysit the candle more than I do (taking the correct necessary precautions around an open flame) then I would consider the test a failure and redo the wicking. 

They look to be burning fine to me, but if you are playing with them that much, you might consider a different wick. 

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The only time I hug my pillars is at the end of the burn after I blow out the flame. I hug it and then let it set up for the next burn. 

If I had to babysit the candle more than I do (taking the correct necessary precautions around an open flame) then I would consider the test a failure and redo the wicking. 

They look to be burning fine to me, but if you are playing with them that much, you might consider a different wick. 

Thanks JCA. 

Do you think I should wick up or down?

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Thanks JCA. 

Do you think I should wick up or down?

I use a 24ply in my 3" paraffin pillars, and I only hug at the end of a 3 - 3.5 hour burn. Maybe try hugging less, only doing it at the end of the burn and see how that works for you.  

If you want to try a different wick, I would try wicking up first to maybe to consume more of the wax for less hugging. However, you may end up with a blow-out with a bigger wick. 

A smaller wick might leave too much of a shell. 

 

Testing - isn't it fun? :) 

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Testing, yes, so much fun!!   *shudder*

Perhaps what I will do is use the next size up on the round pillar since it is a little larger, which would be a 27 ply--don't have this on hand, will have to add to next order...  I may just redo the hex and try not to touch it (this will be hard tho!)  until I blow out at around the 4 hour mark.  Maybe it's just me... Thanks again, JCA, 

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Great questions, great answers. I am traveling the pillar road right along with you, Terry! My tester currently has a fat lip - I named it Jagger, lmbo.

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Is he a hockey player?

Yes, when you said Jagger with a fat lip, I thought of him. (he's hockey and last name Jagr and my son plays ice hockey so my mind automatically went there)

Did not even occur to me until right this second you probably meant Mick Jagger. LMAO  Soo - oops on me! HAHAHA

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