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Use this forum to ask Candle Making Questions
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We will try and answer Soywax questions here.
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We plan on having basic candle making classes the last Saturday of each month.
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Candlemaking tips
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WATER AND WAX DO NOT MIX... water & wax are absolutely not mixable & will not mix. Because paraffin wax is a petroleum product, it actually is extracted from crude oil therefore it is basically fully hydrogenated oil. If water does happen to spill onto paraffin wax, (or any other type of wax for that matter)it is easily wiped clean. Whatever is not wiped clean will evaporate very quickly within a couple of hours at the most. Therefore water is not considered a contaminant with wax as it can never be blended, inserted or be retained in wax.
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As beeswax is so expensive a lot of candle makers add water in their beeswax melter. Just like Paraffin, beeswax is lighter than water and will float. You do not dip to bottom of vat so this decreases the amount of beeswax used at a time. Beeswax and Water will not mix.
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General candlemaking help
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Fragrance Oils
Check out our exclusive fragrance line. All of the fragrances in GREEN are skin friendly and can be used in all waxes.
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Candle Wax
We have a coconut blend and a natural coconut blend. Both are very easy to work with, bright white in color, the natural does tend to frost, both have good scent throws and color retentions.
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Info on general paraffins & blends.
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A place to share your beeswax questions & knowledge
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Share your soy stories
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Post your gel questions or experiences here
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Encaustic Art
What is Encaustic Art? Encaustic art is art which is made by melting beeswax and using it as a pigment medium. The result is a rich, vibrant, textural work of art which can be endlessly manipulated with an assortment of tools. The encaustic art form is thousands of years old dating back to places like Ancient Egypt and medieval Europe.
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Which beeswax do you prefer to use with encaustic art?
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Choosing the proper coloring agents for encaustic painting is important if you want to insure a lasting art piece. Pigment dyes are strongly recommended as most standard dyes will fade quickly.
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Shipping
I get alot of emails & calls on shipping rates. Thought we should make a forum space available. Just be sure to leave your zip code, an approx weight, and if you prefer USPS or Fedex or both.
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Coloring
Color chips are small concentrated pieces of wax that are meant for easy measuring. One chip will color 1lb of wax. You can use less or add more to vary the color shade.
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Color blocks are generally for large batches of wax. (5-25lbs) You can also use them in smaller batches by making shavings or breaking the block in little pieces. -Just be sure to remember which method you used if you plan on making the same color shade more than once! Color Blocks are also nice if you are just playin around and don't care if your shades vary from each batch.
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Liquid dye is an extremely concentrate form of coloring. You can get many different shades from one color by the amount you use. Most usage is 1-5 drops for small batches. Liquid dye is also nice for huge production batches, as one ounce can color a thousand pounds (depending on the shade you are going for).
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