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It means that it can hold 8 oz. And no question is dumb, that's how you learn. I have only been on this board for a couple of months and you wouldn't believe some of the questions that I asked, so don't ever think that a question is dumb, just ask and someone on this wonderful board will be willing to help.

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My vote would be that it will hold 8 Fluid ounces, mouse.

NEVER apologize for asking a question to gain knowledge about something you don't know about.

The people that need to apologize are the ones that won't ask questions( for whatever reason) . They are the ones that really ARE dumb, and STAY that way!

Keep asking your questions. Those that know the answers and want to answer WILL and those that don't know or dont want to answer WON'T. :)

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When they say a jar is 8 oz, does that mean the jar itself weighs 8 oz, or it holds out ounces (of wax)?

Sorry I'm dumb, just learning.

Here's a neat trick that will work with any jar. Weigh the empty jar, then weight it full of water up to the point that you plan fill it with wax. Subtract the weight of the jar to get the weight of the water.

Of course if you have a scale with a tare feature, just tare the empty jar and add water to weigh it.

The weight of the water times .86 is the weight of the wax that will fit in the same space. This simple calculation is based on the specific gravity (density) of wax compared to water.

This will work for any jar or mold.

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You're not dumb, & it's not a dumb question.

I was just researching some containers, looking at capacity, size, cost, & other things. The conclusion that I finally drew about references to capacity is FLUID OZs. So, an 8 oz tin really holds 5-6 oz of wax. HTH.

lol. Well, if I had read all the other posts before posting my own, I would have seen, as I do now, that I was thinking right. ;) I LOVE it when that happens. :laugh2:

(btw, I often post before reading everyone else's posts as a way to maintain my original thought, to not be influenced by what other ppl are saying. :o)

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Here's a neat trick that will work with any jar. Weigh the empty jar, then weight it full of water up to the point that you plan fill it with wax. Subtract the weight of the jar to get the weight of the water.

Of course if you have a scale with a tare feature, just tare the empty jar and add water to weigh it.

The weight of the water times .86 is the weight of the wax that will fit in the same space. This simple calculation is based on the specific gravity (density) of wax compared to water.

This will work for any jar or mold.

You know something funny top. I made 4 jelly jars yesterday for someone. I used 4 different waxes, used the exact amount of wax for each jar and 2 had enough leftover wax to make a good size tart. Now how is that?

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You know something funny top. I made 4 jelly jars yesterday for someone. I used 4 different waxes, used the exact amount of wax for each jar and 2 had enough leftover wax to make a good size tart. Now how is that?
The explanation is probably simple, but it would be really interesting if you could tell us which wax was which.

The density of paraffin is reasonably consistent across different types, so if you were pouring and repouring paraffin to the same level in each jar you wouldn't see that. Container blends often have tons more in them than just paraffin though. The really soft ones in particular have lots of petrolatum and I imagine this could make a big difference.

Were all of them the same in terms of the amount of FO and anything else you put in? You have to consider the weight of the entire mixture and not just the wax.

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