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Title: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: retropants on October 25, 2011, 05:20:40 PM
I have made a tester bigger (300g) soy blend container candle. I thought I had this cracking problem sussed, but this blighter has gone and made a circular crack about 1.5 inches out from the wick!  I took the wax off the heat, added the FO and stirred for ages. I then leeft the wax to cool to almost slushy before I poured. Then after the pour, I tapped gently to remove air bubbles trapped on the wick. Why the heck has it cracked so much??


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Menolly on October 25, 2011, 05:35:17 PM
Oh Emma - I wish I knew! I had this with a couple of my teacup candles  >:(

Did it cool too quickly, do you think?


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: kathrynmc on October 25, 2011, 08:02:31 PM
That happened to me, just out of the blue on one of my container candles, couldn't understand why.  It hasn't happened since, might just have been a fluck

I follow the instructions that came with my wax, which stated to cool the wax to 40/50 before adding the colour/fragrance and then pour which seems to have been working

Kathryn


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Suzanne on October 25, 2011, 08:37:05 PM
Are your temperatures correct?


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: retropants on October 25, 2011, 08:42:23 PM
i don't measure (anything!!!) so I have no idea, but I always cool the wax before adding FO, then stir til slushy and pour. I reckon my kitchen was on the cold side last night....should have put it near a radiator to set.


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Suzanne on October 25, 2011, 08:52:00 PM
Depending on the wax there is a temperature to bring it to. 60-65 degrees centigrade for the one I use (it may vary depending on manufacture). The glasses if using them should be heated to about 30 degrees. I have not had a problem with cracking. I don't stir until slushy, but just add the EOs when the wax is at the correct temperature and pour.


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: nakedtruthbeauty on October 25, 2011, 10:24:30 PM
I do the same as suzanne but don't heat the glasses, all fine for me. I add fragrance just above 60-65c which drops the temp and then I pour.  :)


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Littleswift on October 26, 2011, 03:58:45 PM
I think I'll stick to buying candles ready made. :mwaha: I was going to get into it, foolishly thinking "well that must be easy", so I'm glad I saw this!


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Lindy on October 26, 2011, 07:25:04 PM
Now ain't that the truth - however I have mega candle stuff here already :mwaha:


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: retropants on October 26, 2011, 07:31:18 PM
it's not that bad really! I have one size sussed, just need to adjust my pour temp I think for these monsters!! :mwaha:



Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: Lindy on October 26, 2011, 07:49:47 PM
I really want to do the tea cup candles.  I plan on dropping over to the used store tomorrow to see if I can get some there.  I don't want to use the ones I have because they have emotional attachments to them (my Grandmother's). 


Title: Re: soy container blend - cracks!
Post by: thewaxworx on June 02, 2012, 07:15:49 PM
Try adding 1% Vybar to your wax.

Andy