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  1. Re: Seeking Bees wax and Olive Oil Lip Balm recipe

    Here is one I use, it makes a tray of about 50 lip balm tubes


    Lip Balm Recipe One Full Tray

    80g Beeswax

    90 g Olive Oil

    30g Unscented Cocoa Butter
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    Re: Going prices on 1lb jars?

    Getting $7 for 1 Lb and $13 for 2 Lb jars whether plastic or glass, I give 50 cents off for glass jars returned it doesn't save me any money but like to recycle them.
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    Re: tealight burning issue

    Try a square braided 2/0 size thats what I use when i make my own wicks
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    Re: Butcher Block Conditioner

    Thank you for the ideas. I want to to keep it food grade so it can be used on cutting boards and counter tops. I found this conditioner on the internet.

    http://woodenwonders.ifp3.com
    Click on...
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    Butcher Block Conditioner

    I wanted to know if anyone has a recipe for a conditioner for butcher blocks that contains beeswax. I accidently spilled a fair amount of beeswax from a pillar candle onto my butcher block counter...
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    Re: Candle Bloom

    No it doesnt take away from the smell once it dries. It has a smell while applying kind of like spray paint so I usually do it outside.
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    Re: Candle Bloom

    You can remove the bloom by putting the candles in the warm sun for awhile, use a hair dryer, rub them with a cloth, or spray with candle gloss which prevents it from returning and also remove any...
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    Re: First pollen of 2010.

    Im in Rhode Island and we have witch hazel, snow drops and crocus all blooming and my neighbors bird feeder is full of my bees
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    Re: Poly Taper Molds.... having trouble

    Don't wait too long to top them off. If the wax has cooled too much say after 20 minutes it will shrink leaving the gap around the candle next to the mold where the fresh hot wax will drip down.
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    Re: lip balm - shelf life

    I have some of my lip balms that are over 2 years old have vitamin E and they are still just as good as day one. Don't worry too much.

    Jeff
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    Re: 3x3 pillar

    I use the 60 ply in all my 3" pillars of varying heights. You have to play with it a little, I start off with the wick a liitle long and then once it burns for awhile trim it down to 1/4". The...
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    Re: Frozen Soap oils?

    I haven't had that happen to me yet but I would just warm them up as you thought of doing. My coconut oil turns liquid at 76 F and I warm it up by my woodstove all the time to get it to liquid which...
  13. Thread: Hops

    by Jeff McGuire
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    Re: Hops

    I have grown hops every year and have never had it effect my honey taste. Hops grow so quickly that I dont need much for my beer and of course bees travel 15+ square miles foraging it has minimal...
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    Re: Any opinions of VP Queens?

    I bought 3 queens from them in 2008 and still going strong made several splits letting them raise daughters and all doig well so far. They were described differently then but all have produced good...
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    Re: Looking for a Lip balm recipe

    A tip that I found really helpfull is to put a teaspoon in the freezer before you make the lipbalm. Then you can stick it in the the hot mixture and get an idea of its stiffness, if its too stiff...
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    Re: Still not Happy with the Candles

    I use a razor knife and dig into the candle wax right through the wick. I end up doing it on almost all my molded candles. It is best to let the candles sit over night and really harden up before...
  17. Thread: tapers

    by Jeff McGuire
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    Re: tapers

    I use the molds myself and sell 10" pairs for $9 and smaller taper pairs for $5
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    Re: candle mold

    Mann lake has a nice one called a Swirl ball http://www.mannlakeltd.com/ProductDetail.asp?idproduct=1462&idCategory=
    I sold a bunch before christmas. The picture in the catalog doesn't do the...
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    Re: anyone have any promotional codes

    Brushy has free shipping the cade is SANTA ABJ
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    Re: Which do you fancy?

    I use the tubes for selling but also use the small tubs for a tester. People always want to smell the different flavors and the tubs keep people from messing up the tubes I am trying to sell. I...
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    Mann Lake Whole sale prices

    Mann Lake has a wholesale price program which reduces the cost of their molds by about 1/3. They require a $200 initial purchase and then a $50 minimum after that. I had put together an order...
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    Re: Winter wraping

    Here's the website pricing page link. http://www.miteaway.com/html/price_list.php
    I have 20-25 hives usually and am lookng at them as a labor savor and hope they last a few years too. The video...
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    Re: Winter wraping

    Has anyone used "The Bee Cozy" from NOD Apiary products
    http://www.miteaway.com/html/bee_cozy.php There is also a youtube video of them.

    They seem a bit pricey but could save a lot of time and...
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    Wick Sizes?

    I have several of the Candle flex molds and wanted to know what have people found to be the best wick size in the tapers and pillars. I have been using 2/0 in the tapers an they tend to drip a lot...
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    Re: Lotion Makers..... please read....

    Chef,

    I make a lotion bar in a twist up tube and tins, people really like it for elbows and nuckles I add vanilla oil for a nice scent without it being overpowering. I haven't found a good...
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