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-- MARY LIZ (FROG4EVER16@AOL.COM), April 17, 2001




let me know if that doesn't work. I think that's the website. Very reasonable prices.

-- Wendy (weiskids@yahoo.com), April 17, 2001.

Just about anywhere. Depends on the grade you want to use.

Even regular perfume will scent a candle. Its scenting soaps that you need to watch out for. Then, you would want essential oils, or aromatherapy-grade fragrance oils.

-- Sue Diederich (willow666@rocketmail.com), April 17, 2001.

I also make candles. So far I have purchased all of my supplies from Yaleys. They will send you a free catalog & price sheets. However, you have to order a minimum of $100 at a time. I can often find great sales at Michael's where I buy Yaley products less than I can order them at wholesale.

WARNING: If using Perfume to scent candles make sure it does not contain alcohol! .

Brightest Blessings.

-- Devera (anatida@hotmail.com), April 18, 2001.

Missy's Candles they are on the web. Beautiful pottery and one melt wax with 100s of scents made just for candles, including candle liquid dyes. They have the best wax I have used thus far. I doubt if there the cheapest on line but I just use them for all my candle needs. I pour pottery for the different seasons and scent with the time of year. They have a web site which is in my favorites, can't figure out, located in Ohio, telephone no. 740-884-4516 They also have a toll free number. I have a shop about a couple hundred feet from the house that has all the information on. You should get them on the web and just look at all their pottery. I make pretty good money off their pottery. Missy's candles, my own beeswax candles (I have bee hives) and my own soap is what everyone get for Christmas and I sell quite a bit every month too.

-- Debbie (bwolcott@cwis.net), April 18, 2001.

I am also a candlemaker. I buy most everything from a company in Pa. called Candlewic. (www.candlewic.com) They have a great selection of all supplies including wax, fragrance and wicks. They are very affordable and you can buy fragrance in as little as 1/4 oz or by the pound. Best Wishes with your project.

-- Ria in Ky (MinMin45@AOL.com), April 18, 2001.


-- MARY LIZ (frog4ever16@aol.com), April 20, 2001.

Fragrance is sold by the pound because the ingredients used in them (to make them smell) have different weights. So one pound of say vanilla will be more or less than one pound of say Mulberry. (They are all very close)It has to do with their specific gravity. I usually buy 1 pound at a time and it yeilds me about 50 11oz jar candles. Also, I am told, that if you buy fragrance that is very inexpensive from a company that doesn't actually produce it, it could be diluted with cheap oils and alcohol. So one pound would not be very potent. I am satisfied with what I buy from candlwic.I don't think it is diluted. I also buy from a company named Aromatec but they have a 10 # minimum. That is a lot of fragrance!! I have a friend who buys from Missy's (mentioned above) and is also pleased, though I haven't. Please feel free to ask any more questions. Hope I can help.

-- Ria in Ky (MinMin45@aol.com), April 20, 2001.

Ria in Ky, How much frangrance do you use (how maney tsp. or T.) in a 11 oz. jar candle? And, what do you use to color your candles? When I lit the last candle that I made, it burned for a few min. then it got dimmer and dimmer and went out, Do you know what I can do to keep them from doing that?

-- Mary Liz (frog4ever16@aol.com), April 21, 2001.

Your problem is with the wick. The size of your container and the melt temp of your wax will determine what size wick you will use. The wick acts as a straw sucking up melted wax for the flame to burn. It sounds like your wick isn't large enough to do that so the melted wax drowns out your flame. Are you using a variety of containers or just one kind? When you call canldewic ask them to recomend a wick size. that is what I did. Also use a zinc cored wick. It is easier to work with and holds up better.There is a lot of hype these days about lead in metal cored wicks. Lead cored wicks have been banned in the US for 25 years now. Candles inported from places like China USUALLY have lead cored wicks. (Watch what you buy) Also where are you buying your wax? Is it from a craft store? The wax I see at craft stores is usually a rather hard wax (with a very high melt temp) this wax is good for molded candles. for containers it is better to use a softer (lower melt temp) wax. I use a wax called Astor J 50. It is a blended wax and very soft. Usually when candles are cooled they shrink causing it to like cave in the middle. With the Astor J 50 there is hardly any shrinkage. When my candles are cooled they are soft enough to leave an indentation of my thumb. This wax is sold at Candlewic. You can buy it by the case (55 lbs). I don't remember the price off hand. Ofcoarse the more you buy at a time the cheaper it is per pound. this wax also has a real good scent throw (the ability of the wax to release the fragrance). The softer waxes are better for this. I wouldn't advise using anything to fragrance wax except candle fragrance. Essential oils are not potent enough and don't hold as well. I color my candles with candle dye(also at candlewic). It comes in a little bottle. Red for instance will give you everything from a very pale pink to a bright candy apple red. I make a batch of candles using 30 pounds of wax at a time. For a pale pink, I use 4 drops of color. for bright red I use 2 teaspoons. The softer the wax the more color it will need. 4 drops in a hard wax would be much darker. You will have to experiment with color. For 30 pounds of wax I use 400ml or about 12 fluid ounces of fragrance.It is a lot. Most people don't use that much. It is really up to you. I net less on each one of my candles than most people but I sell a lot more than most people because people have come to know that I have far more fragrance than the expensive ones. How many candles are you making at once? Well, I am here if anyone has anymore questions. I love helping others. Someone taught me so I like to pass it on. Ria

-- Ria in Ky (MinMin45@AOL.com), April 21, 2001.

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