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So tell me - how precise are you with your measurements, percentages, etc? Being used to measuring out cc's of meds on a daily basis, I find myself trying to be just as precise with FO's, wax, etc. as I do the meds I give without even consciously thinking about it. LOL

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So tell me - how precise are you with your measurements, percentages, etc? Being used to measuring out cc's of meds on a daily basis, I find myself trying to be just as precise with FO's, wax, etc. as I do the meds I give without even consciously thinking about it. LOL

Dang! You didn't want us old farts to read this did ya? :laugh2:

If it's not tiny dark writing by some, it's huge light writing by others LOL

I think I better get new glasses for reading the board :rolleyes2

Oh yeah, I'm as precise as my tempermental scale will let me be ;)

Grrr... I can't even type..LOL

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Sorry bout the size of the font! I copied that post over to another program to check spelling before I entered it (and of course it corrected numerous mispelled words) - then when I C&P'd it back I didn't notice the small font size till after I reread it LOL

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I weigh & measure but not always correctly. As for candles I weight the wax but I measure the FO. I know FO is sold by weight.

Is this wrong even though it works for me?

No right or wrong there. From a technical point of view there's nothing that makes weighing FO better or more correct than measuring by volume, as long as it fits into your system. You correctly point out that FO is sold by weight so it would be harder if you needed to calculate your costs in detail.
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For candles I don't agonize over perfect measuring - I measure wax by volume cuz it's easier with my setup, fragrance by weight, color by drops, and it's pretty close each time.

If you are selling you want a consistant product, so customers aren't surprised by changes. Otherwise, wax is pretty forgiving, usually.

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In my own candles, when I'm testing I always weigh 1 batch and then measure another batch of same FO. That's the only way I'll know what the scents will do. I write down which batch had better results (9 times out of 10 it's the weighed, IMO) and that's the one I use when I have make large batches.

As a supplier, I recomend weighing FO because they are so different from scent to scent, and that's how we package our scents. I also like to recomend wieght because that's what our wax manufacturers base FO loads on.

I will agree with Topofmurrayhill, however, by saying if it works for you then it isn't wrong. I truly believe candle making isl ike cooking. There's a basic way to do it, and once you get the basics, you can adjust to make the recipe your own.

Just my view on the matter. Isn't Candle Making so much fun?

Hugs,

Jessi

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i try to get close. i'm one of those cooks who sorta follows recipes, so it's hard for me to do it all precise with the candles. i do measure the wax and out in about the right amount of fo. i measure fo on the scale, but don't calculate the exact % for each candle. i do measure the additives too, with a teaspoon, tablspoon, etc, again don't go for exact %.

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I weigh & measure but not always correctly. As for candles I weight the wax but I measure the FO. I know FO is sold by weight.

Is this wrong even though it works for me?

No right or wrong other than some FO's are heavier than others, like some vanilla's etc... So if you are going by volume instead of weight, you may have more than an ounce per lb..

But if it works for you, and what you've been doing, and it's consistent, then I say, NO it's not "wrong"!! :)

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As a supplier, I recomend weighing FO because they are so different from scent to scent, and that's how we package our scents. I also like to recomend wieght because that's what our wax manufacturers base FO loads on.
I wouldn't argue with your recommendations (that's how I do it myself), but let me explain a little more fully what I mean because I'm not sure people have really questioned or thought about this subject too much.

Of course it's true that the specific gravity of FO (weight compared to water) varies, but as far as I know there's no information demonstrating that the weight is more relevant than the volume. It could just as well be the other way around, with the biggest factor actually being the compatibility of the FO with the wax. Since percentage (by weight) formulas are considered to be the most useful in professional candlemaking, the wax manufacturers simply conform to this convention in stating a vague approximation for scent retention.

In fact, since the total weight of a batch formulated by percentage is generally based on how much you need to fill a mold, it would theoretically be better and more correct to do ALL the ingredients by volume instead of weight. Nobody does this for the simple reason that it would involve unnecessarily complicated calculations and doing it by weight comes close enough.

So the bottom line, I believe, is that the whole thing is based on convention rather than some bedrock technical truth. It's about what's useful and practical under various circumstances, so chandlers can feel free to do whatever is useful and practical for their own circumstances.

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I weigh everything. I'm anal. :D

Mark, whats up with all the C/P and spellchecking? LOL Are you afraid the Internet Police will arrest you for speaking Typonese? neener.gif :grin2:

oh yes ma'am I am skeered of them!!! Last time they just let me off with a warning ticket tho - It was for illegal use of letters that aren't in the alphabet - I am just lucky they didn't get me for TUI (Typing Under the Influence)

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