How to Make a Candle Wick at Your Home & Which Wicks Are Best
While wicking candles is an important step in candle making, it can also be one of the most difficult. Even though you may have selected the most suitable wax, fragrance, and dye, the wrong wick will cause your candle to not burn correctly.
The following are the goals to reach when you choose candle wicks
- Consistent flame sizes
- Minimal or no blooming (carbon deposits)
- Moderate container temperature
- Formatted wax pool without dripping
How to Make Your Own Candle Wick
You might make your candle wick yourself. This can be very beneficial. These are the steps you need to follow to make your custom wick.
- Materials Requirement:
- Un-dyed cotton twine
- Tongs (or whatever you have to use to lift the wicks out from the warm wax).
- Wick Sustainers Optional
- A wax melting pan or a pot within a saucepan
- Candle wax
- Make sure you have a wick
Make sure you decide how thick or long you want your homemade wick to be before you begin to make it. Small candles need one wick while medium candles require three braided strands.
To make a single candlewick, measure the twine and cut it to three inches more than the height. You will need three equal lengths of twine to braid your candlewick.
- Melt the wax
Mix your chosen wax into the double boiler/heating pot. Stir gently to melt.
You will need to have enough money to cover your strings and braid.
- Dip the twine
After soaking the twine in wax, make sure you coat it as much as possible with the wax. Tongs can be used to submerge your tine while protecting your fingers.
- Dry the wicks
Take out the wick of the wax using tongs, if the twine is fully submerged. Hang to dry.
TIP: Once the wax has cooled, but before it hardens further, straighten the wick gently until it is straight.
- Repeat (Optional)
You can apply a thicker layer of wax by repeating steps 4 through 5.
Note: The twine is not able to absorb the wax so repeating this step only thickens it.
- Adding wick sustainers (Optional)
You can add a supporter to your wick by simply threading the wick through a hole in the wick and then crimp the tab with pliers. The finished wicks should be kept dry in a cool place. Congratulations, you’ve made your wick.
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