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Hi all,

I am pretty new to this but have started making some tarts, votives and container candles using Ecosoy.

I have been doing it very basically - heating wax until it completely melts (under 150 degrees) adding colour then fragrance (approx 4%-6%) then pouring. Sorry if this sounds dumb, I am still trying to get a feel for this!!

My tarts are turning out fine but with my votives and container candles they quite frequently crack on the top - does anyone know what am I doing wrong??

Also, can anyone give me some 'golden rules' for using soy wax? eg how important are the temperatures, should I pour at a cetain temperature?

Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much.

Lisa :D

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I thought at first you were using one wax for tarts, votives and containers and I could understand that being problematic, lol.

I tested 135 for a bit. I heated to about 175, add dye and FO and then cooled and poured around 155 or so. If you're getting cracks, try pouring a bit cooler and/or heating your jars before pouring. Insulating them while cooling may also help :)

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Just to jump in here...I use this wax too.

The manufacturer's suggested temp for adding fragrance and dyes is 180*

Pour very cool...110-115. Make sure you keep the candles out of drafts...a slow, steady, even temp, to set up.

Don't put them in the microwave or oven to cool...not enough air flow.

With any luck, you'll be on your way.

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