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Candlemaking Info, Questions, Problems, Etc.
December 6, 2010
8:51 am
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mammaleigh
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Thank you for all your help! I have been able to make a bunch of candles
over the weekend…my husband thinks I am nuts but hey that is normal!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

December 9, 2010
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Shabbysewer
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Ok, I have a question. I made container candles from recycled candles

years ago. I was dissappointed because the wax pulled away from the

jars when they cooled. Does anyone warm their jars before pouring the

wax? Will that prevent it? Someone told me that was why the wax did

that. Also, what temperature should I warm them to?cry
 

I received my wicks in the mail yesterday and want to make some next

week for Christmas gifts. The striped candles are gorgeous! Thanks

December 10, 2010
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mammaleigh
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OK I was curious about what you were asking. I just started in making
candles so I might not be the best person, but I did research it a
little I have seen a few websites that do say to warm your containers in
a 200 degree oven to make the candles stick to the sides. Also that if
your wax is too cool that it will pull away. Also not to put your
candles in a drafty place because that will make them pull away also. I
am impatient so I have put mine in the fridge and I have not seen a
problem. So I don't know.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

December 28, 2010
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Karen M
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Hi everone, i am new here, just reading all your stuff has kept me
busy. I have yet to make soap but thanks for all the inspiration. I do
make candles, and from my experience certain waxes are made to be more
adhesive to glass. Also it doesn help to cool your candles very slowly,
in a warmer area. Thats hard for me cause I do all my candlemaking in my
basment and I hate turning the furnace on down there just to make a few
candles.

Someday I will have my candle room seperate and heated.

March 28, 2012
9:48 pm
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TeaCup
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Okay, you guys. I have NOT made candles since high school!!!

 

I seem to have acquired a job of helping other people clean out their houses before they put them on the market. So today I was given a tin FULL of candles, gold, blue, red, blue, green, mauve, and even 2 beeswax. These have all been used some, but there’s about 1/2 here. So what do I do with these?

 

My candle storage is stuffed, overflowing.I can’t add them to that. I could toss them, but I don’t want to. I keep thinking they’d make beautiful chunk candles, but I sure don’t need them. And, yes, I (of course) have some candle glasses I could use. I have 2  tall straight sided ones and one or two rounded side ones (like brandy snifters without a base). The tall ones were tossed by the local church & I snagged ’em out of the dump. Put a bunch back there when I figured out how many I thought I could use. The rounded ones are part of a batch save for a lamp project (someday).

 

What I’m hearing is that I just talked myself into making chunk candles. Huh.  I’ll go look at Suzanne’s write up. If it works, i’ll see if I can’t take a pic (our camera died) and I’ll give at least one of them to the friend of mine who gave me the tin with the candles.

 

Sigh. I did NOT need another project, really!

 

J

shedding stuff like mad!

March 28, 2012
10:14 pm
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Ross
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Teacup, Sometimes I set large short wicks in cat food cans and tuna cans and fill them with mixed candle wax and use them for outside candles for parties. Cotton three ply cord about 1/8 to 3/16 inch works well and is fairly wind proof. A couple of dozen set around the yard on short blocks helps to lend a festive touch to a summer party. Adding citronella wax to the mix helps with the night time insect problems.

March 28, 2012
10:20 pm
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Ross
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I also repair pillar candles with a short candle and some melted wax. Just place the stub in the deep cavity and pour melted wax around it.

September 30, 2012
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Caeruleuslady
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Shabbysewer said

Does anyone warm their jars before pouring the

wax? Will that prevent it? Someone told me that was why the wax did

that. Also, what temperature should I warm them to?

Hi. I just wanted to say that I warm my glass containers, but not to keep the wax sticking. You can actually potentially break the glass container by adding hot wax to it. I usually put mine in around 100-150 degrees.

December 1, 2012
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Hello my name is Brenda and i am pretty new to candle making i live in a small town and there is know candleshops here so i decided to open one my self i am still learning and if anyone has any info that they would like to share with me i would be very thankful shimmy

December 1, 2012
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Hello Brenda! 

As you can see my name here on CitR is BuckeyeGirl, or BG.  Anyway, welcome to CitR!!!  We usually encourage people to post in the Introduce Yourself thread about themselves, but since you have such a specific question it makes sense for you here too!  If you want to go over to the welcome/introduce yourself thread and post there too, that’s great, or just to read about other folks too! 

Anyway, as far as candle making goes, here’s a place to find all (or mostly all) of Suzanne’s many blog posts about her candle making adventures!!!  I hope this helps and I sure wish you well with your own candle making adventures!

https://chickensintheroad.com/house/archives/candles/

Hope you share some of your own creations here with us!  Lots of people will enjoy seeing pictures of what you make and love to hear about your work and have the chance to learn from you.  smile 

Located in N.E. Ohio

December 1, 2012
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This is the most help that I can offer. http://www.fillmorecontainer.com/Default.aspx

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