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« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2011, 03:55:41 PM »

It's a pain, isn't it - especially when they look fine after pouring then go all cracked a couple of hours later  Angry

yep it's enough to drive you mad isn't it?!  I have even had 1 or 2 candles which looked fine when poured, when cooled they had developed a massive hole in the wax near the wick!  Not sure if this was from pouring too hot or something.
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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2011, 06:00:19 PM »

Found this on the candle science website, its worth a look  Cheesy
www.candlescience.com/video/choosing-the-right-wick-size.php

Just had a look at this - thanks so much for posting the link, it is really useful to be able to see the effects!
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2011, 04:15:22 AM »

hi, sorry I'm late to this. hi, menolly - I have used the ecosoya advanced and am now using the CB135 - I went mad in the beginning as every where I looked online, I got a different answer. I started be going straight to the manufacturers site and used their instructions - horrid. So, I called around t some suppliers and they told me to pour when "slushy" - depending on the FO that seems to be between 100F and 115F. I don't preheat the jars but when the house is busy, I pour into the jars while they're on a cookie sheet (is this called something else there?) and when the wax has set enough to move, I leave them in the oven (sometimes cool and sometimes I set to warm and then turn the oven off for a little while before putting them in so it's just a tad warm). I've not used excel but if memory serves, it's made to shrink away from the sides of the jar to give a more uniform effect like the advanced but is more solid to resist melting - like when you have a fair outdoors inthe summer. I liked the advanced but the 135 has a better throw - it does bloom a bit though, but some people look for that as a sign of a good quality natural soy candle. so,  :mwaha: whole lot of words to say "pour when slushy".


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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2011, 09:14:31 AM »

Thanks, Halfabubble - yes, I looked round the internet too and (like you) I found a lot of conflicting information. In fact, when I called 4candles yesterday, the wicks that Kara advised were different to the ones that (I think, as I had by now got info overload and couldn't remember where I'd got it from) a manufacturer recommended as "best" and it isn't as if 4candles don't stock the "recommended" one. I decided to go with Kara and ordered more wicks (and other things), all of which will arrive today.
I think the idea about standing the containers on a cookie sheet and putting them in the oven after pouring is a good one.
I'm going to try the Advanced, although I am coming round to thinking that a "natural "colour may be the way to go, so blooming wouldn't be that much of an issue, so will also try the CB135.

Thanks to all of you - I really LOVE this forum (such a helpful group of like-minded people and so much great advice and inspiration!!!!)  :buttrf:


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