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Did you know that you can make your own candle wicks with things you already have at home? In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to make DIY candle wicks with cotton string!

How to Make Candle Wicks

Use your DIY candle wicks for DIY oil lamps or homemade candles. Cotton string candle wicks burn for a long time with a steady flame that doesn’t soot.

How To Make DIY Candle Wicks With Cotton String

  • 100% cotton string
  • scissor
  • optional: vegetable oil or salt

Use thick cotton string. If the cotton string is too thin, crochet or braid together three thinner cotton strings.

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3 Ways To Make DIY Candle Wicks

I tried 3 different ways to make DIY candle wicks. I used:

  • the plain cotton string
  • cotton string soaked in vegetable oil
  • cotton string + salt: I covered the cotton strings with water and added 1 tbsp salt, brought it to a boil, then let the DIY candle wicks dry overnight. Salt stiffens the candle wicks.

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I made DIY candle molds with an empty toilet paper roll.

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For the test candles, I used leftover Christmas tree candles.

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While the wax hardens, it’s usually necessary to stabilize the DIY wick. Here you can see how stiff the salt made the wick – I used one of the DIY salt-treated wicks to support the wick on the right.

How to Make Candle Wicks Removing the toilet paper roll candle mold

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Trim the wick if necessary.

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All three DIY candle wicks work – note the yellowish flame color of the salt-treated wick. I prefer the oil soaked wick: it’s easy to make and burns with a bright, steady flame.

As you can see, the salt-treated wick is more difficult to light. And salt-treated wicks soot in an oil lamp – a plain cotton string works much better.

How to Make Candle Wicks

Wicks are an essential part of candle making. While commercially prepared wicks are available in a wide range of sizes, including many specialized candle wicks, making your own gives you the flexibility to make custom wicks to fit specialty candles in varying sizes. Just follow these easy instructions to create wicks for your homemade candles.

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Use 100% cotton twine for best results. Soaking the twine in a solution of water, salt, and boric acid strengthens the wick and helps it to burn steadily. You can make wicks without this solution, but they will burn faster and can cause your candle wax to melt unevenly.

Supplies Needed

  • Undyed cotton twine
  • Scissors
  • Tongs (or anything you can use to pull the wicks out of the warm wax)
  • Clothespins for hanging wicks to dry
  • Small pair of needle nose pliers
  • Enough wick tabs for the number of wicks you want to make (optional)
  • A small bowl
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of boric acid powder (available at many pharmacies and hardware stores)
  • 1.5 cups of warm water
  • A double boiler
  • Whichever type of wax you use to make your candles (beeswax, soy, paraffin)

Steps

  1. Decide how thick and how long of a wick you’ll need. Small candles burn well with single wicks while medium candles require a wick made from three strands of twine braided together. Larger candles may need two or three braided wicks spaced out to help the candle burn evenly.
  2. For a single wick, measure the twine so that it will be about three inches longer than the height of your candle, and cut the twine. If you plan to braid a wick, cut three equal lengths of twine that are approximately four inches longer than the height of the candle the wick will be used for. You’ll eventually trim your wick down to the correct size once your candle is made, but this way you won’t wind up with one that’s too short.
  3. Combine the warm water, salt and boric acid powder in a bowl and stir to dissolve. Soak the lengths of twine in the solution for at least eight hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. Remove the twine from the solution and let dry completely (this can take up to 48 hours). Hang or drape the wicks so that air can circulate around them to speed up drying time. You’ll notice that small white crystals will form on the wicks as they dry – these are harmless, but you can gently brush them off if you like.
  5. Using a double boiler, slowly melt some of your chosen wax. You’ll need enough to cover your strings/braid, and you can remelt any leftover wax the next time you want to make more wicks.
  6. Soak the twine for about a minute to coat. Note that the twine doesn’t really “absorb” the wax, so longer soaking time isn’t necessary. (An alternative method is to simply grip the twine with tongs and dip it into the wax several times to coat the twine and then hang it to dry.)
  7. Using tongs to protect your fingers, pull each piece of twine out of the wax, allow it to drip for a moment to remove excess wax, and then hang it to cool. As the wax begins to cool and before it hardens, you can gently straighten the wick so it is completely straight when the wax is finally firm.
  8. Allow the wax to set and harden.
  9. If you wish to add a wick tab to the bottom of your wick, thread the wick into the center opening and use the needle nose pliers to pinch it shut.
  10. Store the finished wicks in a cool, dry place.

This video shows you how to mix the solution and soak your wicks. The creator of the video attaches paper clips to her wicks to make hanging them to dry easier.

Candle Wick Tips

Just like candle making itself, making your own wicks can take some trial and error to get wicks that burn well with your candles. Keep these tips in mind as you test out new homemade wicks.

  • If you’re making dipped candles, there’s no need to let the wick dry completely after the first dip into the melted wax (step six above). Follow the instructions up to step four. Then, use plain wax or wax that has been colored and/or scented, and dip the wicks as you would with store-bought wicks.
  • Tea lights, votives, taper candles, and even tall, thin pillars can use single-strand wicks. For wider or larger candles, braid three or four strands of twine together before soaking. Generally the larger the candle, the thicker the wick should be.
  • Very wide candles with lots of surface area should use more than one braided wick. Space them out so that the wicks are evenly placed around the candle.
  • You can substitute Borax powder for the boric acid in the solution if you’d like. The only potential difference is that the flame may burn with a slight bluish tint when using Borax.

Plan Ahead

Creating handmade candle wicks is a useful technique for a candle maker who wants a greater degree of control over the candle making process. Since you’ll need plenty of time between steps to allow the wicks to dry, it’s best to plan ahead. Make lots of wicks in different sizes so that you’ll have plenty on-hand and ready to go whenever you want to make new candles.

February 3, 2012

How to Make Candle WicksWelcome to this week’s How To – “How to make candle wicks”. As you know, I love to recycle and each year at Christmas we are left with a lot of old, but perfectly good candles. As a child I once received a candle making kit and loved it. I wanted to have another go at making candles – but with things from around the house. To start off I needed some candle wicks. So I looked up how to make candle wicks and found that the recommendations varied. So. I made 3 different types and tested them!

(And whilst you are, come look at our cookie cutter candles – no special shop bought moulds required!)

Materials

Wick 1 (Borax overnight):

  • 4 tbsp Borax
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • * left overnight
  • butchers twine or similar thick cotton
  • Once fully dried dipped in candle wax 2-3 times

Wick 2 (Borax 20min):

  • Borax
  • Salt
  • Water
  • * left for 20 min
  • butchers twine or similar thick cotton/ cotton cord
  • Once fully dried dipped in candle wax 2-3 times

Plain

  • butchers twine or similar thick cotton/ cotton cord (I have seen people use embroidery cotton and it seems to work fine..)
  • Dipped in candle wax

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1) Melt your wax in the tin, which is sitting in a bath of water. I probably filled the tin half way with white wax. I used an old pan of ours, you won’t ruin it, but wax can be a little tricky to clean off, so you may as well use an old one!

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2) Tape down your wicks (I could only find my gold tape, but needless to say normal tape is fine, if not better). Once you add the hot wax, it will melt the wax on the wick, making it all floppy and wanting to float. I found the tape then stayed on the candle. So I later tried it with blue tack. Which work just fine, but got really “weird sticky” and was hard to remove from the ice cube tray. Your call. If you want a really professional finishing, then tie your wick to a toothpick and suspend it properly or hold it place with a cloth peg (but then you can’t fill your ice cube tray to the top. Personally I was too lazy, afterall these are test candles. So see step 3.

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3) Poor in the hot wax. As it starts to set, prop up the candle wick. Don’t do it too early, it will just fall over or too late, as it will make a mess of your candle surface. This is fiddly and trial and error. And yes, this is where tying to a toothpick is beneficial.

4) Once cooled, pop out of your trays and done. You will find that your wax contracts and that you will get a dip in your candle. You can always top up your wax, but you may create visible layers in the finished candle. It is really just a matter of preference. I don’t mind the dip (too much).

These test candles actually turned out very prettily. And I am going to wrap them in some cellophane and curling ribbon and give these as small presents!

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Top left: Wick 1 – Borax over night

Top right – a “real wick” from one of the left over candles

Bottom left: Plain wick (twine dipped in wax)

Bottom right: Wick 2 – Borax for 20min

Out of ALL the candles the borax left overnight sample had the best flame – it shone taller than the “real wick”.

All candles burnt the same amount of time. Though the “plain” and the “short borax solution where at risk of drowning in the wax, as their flames were low. If poured away, they lasted longer.

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So… my advice? Make your candle wicks with borax and leave them overnight. It doesn’t take that long and the flame is much more impressive. However, if you really want to make “candles today” and didn’t have time to make or buy a wick, then you can get away with some cotton or embroidery floss dipped 3-4 times in wax first!

Hope you have fun making your own candle wicks and do have a go at candle making it is great. More “candle” ideas to follow.

How to Make Candle Wicks

Everyone loves a good candle, am I right? Yet, the thing that ignites a candle is its wick.

Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to make candle wick? Especially if you aren’t an expert in the DIY department.

Without a good candle wick, the candle is useless.

As a busy mom of three , I find candlemaking to be a pretty chilled activity. Funny thing is that I never stopped to even think about making candle wick.

It was all pretty much the same to me. Eek!

Learning to make candle wick is a great DIY project that’ll keep you busy. It’s cool because you can go solo or bring your kids in on the project.

I needed to learn more about making candlewick and surprisingly, it’s not hard at all.

While searching the web to find tutorials on making candlewick, I came across a few lessons that I found helpful for beginners like myself.

I’ve learned so much during my research on candlewick — stuff that I really never thought about.

Oh, you didn’t. Neither did I.

The entire candle making process is really interesting.

However, for this article, we’ll show some wicked love for making candlewick.

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5 DIY Lessons on How to Make Candle Wick

When you see a tutorial that piques your interest, click on the link provided. You’ll be taken to the website for further instructions on making wicks for candles.

How to Make Candle Wick found on Instructables

To my surprise, I learned you could make candle wick with common household items. I had no idea this was possible.

It would be useful to poke around the comment section of this tutorial to review the audience’s feedback.

Thanks to this lesson, I’m now aware.

DIY Candle Wicks with Cotton String at Sew Historically

To complete this project , you’ll need three items:

  • 100% cotton string
  • scissor
  • optional: vegetable oil or salt

However, if you’re a beginner DIYer , following the instructions step by step will do you well.

Homemade Candle Wicks found on lovetoknow

This step by step article on learning how to make candle wick includes a video at the end.

This is a great option for those who want a written guide as well. You retain information better when you introduce different mediums of learning.

How to Craft Candle Wicks with Borax found on 20 Mule Team

Make sure to read the instructions carefully before attempting this candlewick making project.

Though wick making is fun and can be done with your kids, be mindful of the tools needed to complete this project.

Also, I’d recommend you read over the comments on the page.

Readers offer different viewpoints since they have tried the recipe themselves. Reading about their experiences with this DIY project could inspire you as well.

A Complete Candle Wicking Guide found on Savvy Homemade

If you’re a visual sort of person, like myself, you’ll enjoy this tutorial from Savvy Homemade .

When you click on the link to Savvy Homemade’s website, you’ll understand exactly what I mean.

The colors grab you along with the banner you first see.

And of course, you realize, this is the site to learn about all things DIY candle wicking.

In Conclusion

Hopefully, you found these 5 candlewick tutorials helpful.

Sometimes it’s refreshing to breakdown a bigger project, candle making, into a smaller project, candlewick making.

Introduction: How to Make a Candle Wick

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How to Make Candle Wicks

Did you know that you can make a candle wick out of household items? In this Instructable I will demonstrate how to make a candle wick out of common household supplies.

Step 1: Supplys

-scissors
-wax
-pliers
-cotton string

Step 2: Melting the Wax

First, cut the string to size. Then, melt the wax and soak the string in it. Finally, take out the string with the pliers and let the wick cool off.

Step 3: Finshed

Once the string has cooled off, you can put it to use in a candle.

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Tip 5 months ago

I used wax melts but found the smell never lasts, I bought a few bottles of oils used them to added melted wax, pour it into the melts or candles give them a good stir and now you have the smell of your choice which also lasts longer than melts do.

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Question 7 months ago

Don’t you have to use something on the bottom of the wick to make the wick stay?

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There are a few more steps to make a wick that burns more evenly and slowly, I recommend only using cotton. This person made a nice set of instructions: https://candles.lovetoknow.com/Homemade_Candle_Wicks

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Maybe dont use wire, just string

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Question 1 year ago

Do you have to use wax melts or can you use just wax crayons

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Question 1 year ago on Step 1

What else can u use besides cotton string

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https://youtu.be/XrflifL2dH4
I learned this tip many years ago. Please don’t use wire or synthetic materials. Those metals and plastics are then in the air you are breathing. I have stopped using paraffin candles inside the home and only burn my old unhealthy candles on the patio. Here is a tip; Place your old burned-down jarred candles on a cookie sheet in a very low oven and allow to melt. Use this old wax to create “new” candles or, you can add citronella oil to an old jarred candle to which you have added a new wick. You can also pour that old wax “sludge” into cardboard egg cartons to make dandy fire starters. Hope this helps!

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Question 1 year ago on Step 2

I used acrylic yarn will that work

if you want to be super wick master, a thin piece of wire run in the cotton thread before waxing, wil give it that stiffness you’ve come to expect from commercial wicks

Reply 1 year ago

Would also works well it is taking it to the top of the inside of your freezer it hardens quickly take a shish kabob stick and put a piece of tape at the top of the wick put the stick over the Mould or whatever year making a candle in put over the top of it

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Hi, do you have an instructable on that? I made wick today- about a meter in length. It’s quite rigid but always interested in other ideas.

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

No ible on that. but it is so super simple, you will probably laugh.

Take a piece of florist wire(or any other thin, stiff wire), slightly sharpen one end, and skewer the cotton wick onto it.

3 foot long wick? that is probably a little beyond what i would call a wick. Unless you are making a candle to power a lighthouse!
If it is not for a candle. although you CAN make it yourself, you are probably better off ordering it from someplace like http://www.seriousjuggling.com/kevlar-fire-wick.htm

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

The long wick is chopped into 1 inch lengths and used in either spent tea light wick holders or a homemade wick holder.

I like the idea of the sharpened wire, thank you!

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-oil-burning-candle/step3/
If you didn’t want to reuse the tealight base.
I’ve added a quick 3 image Paperclip wick. In the final image, you can see the very tip of the metal sticking out of the yarn.

Metal twist ties(like off of a bag of bagels) work even better. the wire is much thinner, but still plenty stiff. An added bonus for tea lights is, the metal conducts the heat, melting the wax better.

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Making a wick from local materials

This tutorial shows you how you can make a beautiful local candle from fiber and wax sourced within your own neighborhood. Suitable candle wicking materials include any of the plant based fibers including cotton, linen, hemp, nettle, and even wood cordage. Hand spinning yarn for candle wicking from linen tow is a good way to use up this part of your linen harvest.

Growing linen for wicking and coarse toweling

Linen is easy to grow in most temperate climates. To make candle wicking or coarse toweling you can plant oil seed flax and harvest the seeds for oil and the stems for fiber. Oil seed flax is shorter than fiber flax and since the seeds are harvested when ripe, the fiber tends to be coarser as well. Coarseness can be somewhat controlled by planting the plants closer together and by harvesting when the plants are 1/3rd yellow and 2/3rds green. At this stage the seeds are immature, but they will mature while the stocks are drying. If you plant fiber flax, use the tow fibers, that are removed from the longer, silkier line fibers, during fiber processing.

Spinning linen tow for wicking

Wet spin the tow fibers, by dipping your fingers in water and smoothing out the fibers as you insert twist with your wheel or a spindle. Tow fiber is shorter and can be spun with the same techniques that you use for wool. Since you want a firm, well twisted yarn for candle wicking, use a worsted technique to spin the linen-tow. For Candle wicking you will want to ply your singles into a 2 ply or even a 3 ply yarn. Skein the yarn and wash it by boiling it in water that you have added a tbsp of washing soda. This will remove any residual tannins and pectins and make the yarn soft and pliable. Many people finish linen yarn by beating it while it is drying to make it soft and pliable. You can leave this step out if you are making wicks as the stiffness is of benefit. Once you have a skein of prepared and plied tow yarn you are ready to make the wick. Obviously you can enter the process at this stage with a tube of already spun linen, cotton, or hemp yarn, as well. A simple plied yarn does not make an adequate wick for a bees wax candle.

Making the wick from linen yarn

The wick must burn at a high enough temperature to melt the bees wax so that the candle will burn. Simple plied yarns do not burn hot enough or long enough to melt the bees wax. Further the wick needs to bend at a right angle to the flame in order to melt the wax. This angle allows the end to remain in the outer mantle of the flame and causes it to be shortened naturally. Mordanting the wick slows down the burn time so that the flame is not extinguished by the melted wax.

Plaited or woven wick allow the wick to burn at a higher temperature. The easiest way to make a plaited wick is with a lucet. A lucet allows you to “knit” a continuous square cord of wicking. The lucet cordage can be made tightly and without stretch by using a high tension, pulling the finished loops tightly with each new stitch. The cordage should be tight and have very little air in it. Each pair of dipped candles requires a cord that is 28 inches long. The lucet cord is basically a knitted cord, so if you cut the cord you have to secure the ends to keep them from unravelling.

Canadian pioneers used a woven cord made on a tape loom that was designed specifically to create candle wicks and oil lamp wicks, as well as cordage to secure sacks, trousers and shoes. The woven wick is also a continuous tape. The woven wick can be cut without unravelling. It is a warp faced fabric, similar to an inkle braid. Pioneers inserted coloured threads to show where to cut the wick without measuring.

For hand dipped candles you need a wick that is about 12 wraps per inch of tightly woven or braided cord that has no stretch and no air within the cord. For an oil lamp wick make the wick wider and use a tape loom.

Mordanting the candle wicks

The wicks need to be mordanted with salts to make the wick bend into the flame, slowing down the burn time so that the wax is consumed as the candle burns and the flame is not extinguished in the melted wax. A solution of 1 litre of water, 1/4 cup. coarse salt or other nonadditive salt, 1/2 cup of borax is used to prepare the wicks. You can mordant your wicks in a skein or you can cut them to size and then mordant them individually. Simmer the wicks for one hour in the solution. Cool in the solution and then remove and allow to dry completely.

Priming the prepared candle wicks

Once the wicks have dried completely, you can prepare them for dipping by priming them. Priming is the first dipping of the candle wick. It removes the air from the wick, saturates the wick in the melted wax and allows the candle to burn more evenly. Set up your double boiler with a tin to hold the melting wax and a large pot that you can dedicate to melting wax. Fill the pot with water and the can with wax. Place over a heat surface and simmer to water to melt the wax. You don’t need to boil rapidly. Bees wax melts at 148 degree F. Bring the wax up to 160 F to make a smooth candle.

Dip the prepared wicks once in the wax. Hold under the wax until no more air bubbles rise to the surface. Remove from the wax and allow to drip into the wax until all dripping stops. Place waxed wicks on parchment paper to harden. While the wax is still pliable pull the wicks until they are straight. Allow to harden for a few hours before resuming the candle making.

Tomorrow I’ll show you how to make hand dipped candles. There are a few tricks to getting the candles even, straight, smooth and with that professional glow. These make wonderful hostess gifts, stocking stuffers for the adults in your life, make a beautiful addition to your own table. At this time of year I dip at least 20 pairs of beeswax candles to enjoy throughout the year.

I love making candles, particularly beeswax candles. Making them is actually pretty easy–but setting the wicks is a different story and is by far the most frustrating part. After lots of candle-making trial and error, I’m going to show you how I set candle wicks using stuff from my junk drawer. No extra candle-making supplies necessary.

Supplies:

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  • Wicks (I have this kind)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Clothes pins or medium-sized binder clips
  • Tape
  • Paper towel
  • Melted wax for your candle (see this post for the mixture of beeswax and coconut oil I use)

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Here’s how I set candle wicks:

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Step #1: I cut my wicks 3-4 inches longer than I’d like the finished product to be. I use the extra length to stabilize the wicks.

Step #2: (I have a paper towel handy.) I dip each wick into the melted wax so that the wax covers about 75% of the wick. The I use my fingers to gently smooth out the wax from the wick’s top to its bottom. As the wax hardens, the wick should become perfectly straight.

Step #3: I wrap the wicks around the pen enough times so that, when the pen is resting on top of the candle container, the bottom of the wicks barely touch the bottom of the container. Then clip the wicks in place using a clothes pin or medium-sized binder clip.

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Step #4: I set the pen on top of the candle container and use a few pieces of tape to secure the pen in place.

Step #5: Then I pour about a 1/2-1 inch of melted wax into the candle container and let solidify for 10-15 minutes. The wicks should now be set.

How to Make Candle Wicks

How to Make Candle Wicks

I leave the wick-holding apparatus in place as I pour the rest of the wax in. Then, when I’m done and the candle wax has set, I clip the wicks.

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Originally, square braid candle wicks are meant to be used with beeswax candles, but they’re used as well with large pillar and container candles and with ‘novelties’ candles.

Thicker than their flat braid equivalent, square braid wicks allow for pillar and container candles with a diameter larger than 125mm (5 inches).
The classification system adopted by Candlewic goes from 6/0 to 1/0, where 6/0 is the thinnest and 1/0 is the thickest then continues with other figures, namely from #1 to #10, where #10 is the thickest (rope, really, used for large outdoor terracotta mosquito candles).
The difference between the two figures is that, if the first is braided in a classical way, the second is “loosely” braided, which makes the wick larger without making it heavier. Also to be noted, the second classification uses the smallest number (#1) for the smallest wick; in the first classification, the smallest number (1/0) indicates the largest wick.

Just like a flat braid wick, the square one curls slightly as it burns, allowing for a better disposal of the already consumed part of the wick and minimum carbon buildup.

Usage of flat braid wicks in pillar, taper and container candles
Size Use for Burn
rate
6/0 small pillars (25 to 50 mm) and tapers 4.6
5/0 small to medium pillars (25 to 63 mm) and tapers 4.9
4/0 small to medium pillars (25 to 63 mm) and tapers 5.5
3/0 medium pillars (50 to 75 mm) 6.1
2/0 medium pillars (50 to 75 mm) 6
1/0 medium pillars (50 to 75 mm) 7
#1 medium pillars (50 to 75 mm) 7.3
#2 large pillars (75 to 100 mm) 7.5
#3 large pillars (75 to 100 mm) 8.1
#4 large pillars (75 to 100 mm) 8.8
#5 large pillars (75 to 100 mm) 10
#6 extra large pillars (125 mm) and containers 10.3
#8 extra large pillars and containers 11
#10 extra large pillars and containers 12.7
Source: www.candlewic.com

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Make Your Own Hemp Candle Wicks: It’s Easier to Do Than You Think

A lot of people (myself included) have found that there is a very large amount of hemp left over in their house. So, what can you do with it all? One of the best, easiest, and simplest things that you can do is to make your own hemp candle wicks. How do you do it?

First, a quick explanation of makes a wick a wick (instead of a string or anything else). It is simply a strand of something flammable that is coated with something else that is flammable. Though this sounds strange, it actually makes it burn slower. However, there are a few things that you have to do to properly transform your hemp into a wick. Normally with cotton, you need to soak it with water, salt, and acid. Since hemp is already much dryer than cotton, you can either do this step or skip it, it is up to you.

If you do decide to soak the hemp in this solution, make sure to let it dry out thoroughly before the next step. Once it is fully dry, melt some wax in a double boiler to dip it in. You can use paraffin wax, soybean wax, beeswax, or just use an old candle that has burned out (a great way to save money and the rest of the candle!) Ideally, you want to heat the wax up to 160 to 170 degrees (Fahrenheit) before you start dipping the wick.

If at all possible, you want to dip the wick while keeping it perfectly straight. The easiest way to do this is to tie a weight to the bottom of the thread (anything will work, such as a quarter) and then hang it from something as it dries so that it stays straight. If you want to do more than one at a time, you can either buy specially made racks (a little pricey for my tastes), or you can glue paperclips (the thick ones) to a dowel rod for a much cheaper alternative.

After you have dipped it into the melted wax, hang it so that it is straight and let it fully dry and cool. If you real want to make your own hemp candle wicks burn evenly, you can dip then a second time and let them fully dry. This will give them a thick even coating that will burn slowly and consistently, plus it will not need to be trimmed very often. Once you have it coated and dried, you are ready to make your wick into a candle. What’s the easiest, cheapest way that you can do without buying supplies?

Use something around your house as a mold, but we’ll get to that in a minute. First, we need to get or make a wick tab. A wick tab is just a small piece of metal at the bottom of the candle that prevents the wick from burning all the way down, which would either overheat the bottom of the container if it’s a container candle or burn whatever the candle is sitting on. Now, truth be told, wick tabs are so insanely inexpensive (around 10 cents each) that if you think you are going to make more than 3 candles, just buy a pack. If you’re impulsive like me and can’t wait to get some though, you can make one out of a thumbtack. How?

Just stick the thumbtack through the wick and set it in the bottom of your mold, that’s all there is to it. So, now we have a wick that is ready to go, and it is on a wick tab for safety purposes, we are ready to find a mold to make our candle. Almost anything will work, you can use a soup can, coffee can, or even just a soda can. Personally, I like the soda can because I can unmold the candle (soup cans have ridges, so the candle stays in the can). Just cut the top of off the soda can very carefully, minding the sharp edges, and put your ‘wick tab’ in the bottom center of the mold. To keep the wick centered and straight, hang it from something until the candle has cooled.

Once it is all set, just pour the 170 degree wax into the mold and let it cool for several hours. It will sink a bit in the middle, you can either leave it like that or top it off with a little bit of slightly hotter wax (around 175 degrees). Once it has fully cooled, cut the wick to one quarter of an inch, unmold your candle, and your ready to go! Now that you know how to make your own hemp candle wicks, you can make as many candles as you want to!

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Want to Know How to Make Wood Wick Candles?

It doesn’t take long once you start making candles to fall in love with the end result. And who doesn’t want to make growing popular wood wick candles? But in just a short time, you’ll also realize there’s a lot more to candle making than most talk about.

From working with different types of wax, wicks, and containers to figuring out fragrance loads and so much more. If this is your first time making candles, wood wick candles or not, I recommend you start with one of our guides for soy candles or scented candles. Each goes into great depth about how to make candles and solving candle making problems.

But, for an understanding of how to make wood wick candles, you’re in the right place!

I grew up gathering around a warm campfire every autumn to roast marshmallows and the like while sporting your best flannel and boots. As the flames reached into the night sky the wood popped, sizzled, and crackled in a way that soothes the soul and leads to deep thought. I’m guessing you’ve noticed wood wick candles can create the familiar relaxing ambiance of a crackling campfire or fire in the hearth, only in mini form.

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Why do wood wicks crackle?

Wood wicks actually crackle just like wood stacked in the fireplace or in an open campfire. But, how and why do wood wick candles crackle? The phenomenon of crackling candles occurs for two reasons.

  1. Wood wicks are real wood containing thousands of tiny cells just like all plant matter. And gas molecules are naturally contained inside the walls of cells. When you raise the temperature of these cell walls the gas expands and a mini-explosion occurs as the cell walls rupture and the gas escapes. This event causes the crackling, popping sounds we hear from a lit wood wick.
  2. The amount of crackle we hear from wood wick candles also depends on the moisture present in the candle wax, fragrance, and any additional additives.

That being said…

Are wood wick candles safe?

As with any candle, safety, and proper candle burning are always important for you, your family, and your home. Outside of the basics of candle safety such as keeping an open flame away from children, pets, curtains, and drafts. In addition to burning candles on flat surfaces and never burning a candle with less than ½ an inch of wax left. Wood wicks are just as safe as all candle wicks.

And even safer than some wicks, each are 100% natural, non-toxic and harvested from sustainable sources – resulting in a clean burn. So if you were wondering are wood wicks toxic or are wooden wick eco friendly – the answer to both is “YES”!

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Are wood wicks good for soy candles?

Soy wax is actually the best type of candle wax to use with wood wicks! It is often recommended to use soy wax with wood wicks by candle suppliers too. And to create the best amount crackle you’ll want to choose a fragrance load between 6 and 8 percent. While soy wax can hold a higher fragrance load, you won’t get as much crackle beyond 8 percent. And too much fragrance can extinguish the flame of a wood wick.

Confused by the fragrance load of candles? Grab our Candle Making Glossary Swipe File in the Simple Living Library for a quick break down. And get a good grasp on how to choose and calculate the fragrance load for homemade candles here.

Ready to give crackling candles a try?

Here’s how to make wood wick candles with soy wax and coffee beans! Do you love the aroma of roasted coffee beans too? I’ve always been drawn to their fragrance. This recipe for crackling wood wick soy candles captures the brilliant alluring smell of a coffee house and brings it into your home with the quick light of a candle.

Make your own coffee-infused oil shared here or grab an easy to use natural coffee oil great for candle making!

Coffee Bean Crackling Wood Wick Candles Supplies:

  • 4 wood wicks and clips
  • 2 amber glass jars
  • ½ ounce coffee oil
  • 2 wick sticker tabs or glue dots
  • ½ lb soy wax flakes
  • 1 teaspoon roasted coffee beans

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How To Make Wood Wick Candles

1. Double up, placing two wood wicks in each wick clip. Use a glue dot or wick sticker tab to adhere to the center base of each amber glass jar.

2. Using a kitchen measure half a pound soy wax and by pouring into a candle melting pitcher. Place the pitcher filled with wax inside a large saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Using the double boiler method, heat on medium to low heat with gentle simmer at most, stirring often.

3. Promptly remove the pitcher from the heat after melting to avoid the wax from burning. Clip a candle thermometer inside of the pitcher to monitor the temperature of the wax.

4. Cool the wax to under the flashpoint of the coffee oil. To thoroughly incorporate the oil stir constantly for 2 minutes. Then carefully pour into each prepared jar, avoiding the top of the wood wicks. Sprinkle with roasted coffee beans as you pour.

5. Let coffee wood wick candles cool 30 minutes to 1 hour before trimming wicks. Cut wood wicks to approximately ⅛ an inch above the wax for the best burn rate. (Which is much shorter than trimming cotton wicks, in case you’re wondering.)

Give these homemade crackling wood wick candles a least 3 days to cure before burning for a great scent throw. 1 to 2 weeks will make the scent even stronger if you can wait longer!

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Candle artists who create ribbon candles with intricate curls and twists have spent many hours practicing the art, developing an individual style and perfecting techniques. To craft these candles yourself, you’ll need a few supplies and enough work space for multiple pots of specially formulated dipping wax. Although the ribbon candle technique is adaptable to different candle shapes, spectacular effects come from cutting the corners of tall, star-shaped core candles. After the cores are molded, they are dipped to apply many layers of colored wax. Slicing through the layers at angles creates the curled ribbon effect and exposes the inner colors.

Preparation and Tools

Begin with a molded core candle of any color that has a securely anchored, long wick for dipping. You’ll also need vats of melted wax in as many colors as needed for the candle layers, a cooling water vat, a long S-hook handle and a hanger for the candle-trimming process, so the suspended core candle rotates as you work. An assortment of hand tools makes different types of cuts possible, and personal preference plays a role in the tools you choose. Carving tools should fit your hands comfortably. Keep the blades sharp for clean, fine cuts. Basic tools include knives with straight or curved blades, looped gouging tools, chisel-type gouges with scooped necks and assorted wax-carving tools.

A star-shaped core candle has spacing for ribbon cuts already indicated around its diameter — the points, or corners, of the candle. Begin by dipping the core into specially formulated, melted dipping wax, building up to 30 layers. Quickly dip the core candle into cool water after each dip to harden the outer layer. Repeated dipping warms the candle throughout, helping it remain pliable enough to carve without chipping or losing its shape. After the last dip, hang the candle from an S-hook and cut the mass of excess wax drips from the bottom of the candle with a knife.

Carving

The carving must be completed within about 15 minutes, while the wax is pliable. Plan the curls and twists you want or follow an instructional diagram. Simply eye the knife blade entry points on the candle corners, beginning near the base. To make curls, draw down a knife blade along the corners, angling it to be shallow at the upper cut and slightly deeper at the base. Leave the slice attached at the base. Roll the slices quickly from the top into a curl or to the side. Stiffen the outer surface of the curls with a quick dip into cool water after each entire round is completed, cooling only the finished round. Continue slicing and shaping around the candle, working in rounds and cooling each round as you go.

Other Cuts

To create twisted columns vertically along the candle, use a looped gouge tool or a chisel tool with a scoop-neck blade and a spoon-curved tip. Scoop a straight strand of wax down the side of the candle. Beginners can accomplish this easily by using the channel between star points as a guide. Quickly roll twist the wax strand so the stripes of colored wax form a candy-cane style spiral and align the strand back into the groove created when you cut it, pressing the spiral strand gently into place. To make twisted ribbons, cut thin slices of wax, twist them and press each twist tip gently into place to anchor it to the candle.

Finishing

Direct the candle burn down the center of the candle by making a pooling well around the wick for the melted wax. Press a small round cookie cutter about 1/2 inch deep into the top of the candle around the wick and pick the “cookie” of wax. Holding the candle by the wick, briefly swirl the bottom against a hot griddle or electric skillet to melt the bottom flat and smooth. Dip the finished candle into a vat of clear acrylic sealant gloss for a finishing coat and allow to cool and harden.

And why trimming the wick helps to increase burn time.

Candles—with their soft ignited glow—add ambience to any space. Place them in a dimly lit room, and the flickering light creates a soft, welcoming atmosphere. And their fragrance adds a signature scent to your home. If you have a favorite candle (or you’ve taken quite a bit of care in making your own collection of candles), you will want to enjoy their light and fragrance for as long possible. And, as candlemakers will tell you, there is a proper way to burn your candles so that they last longer.

Choose the right-sized candle.

We don’t usually consider how a chosen candle suits the size of a room, but it can make all the difference difference. “If you have cathedral ceilings, a 4-ounce candle will not throw the scent wall,” says Megan Piorek, owner and candlemaker at Candle Threads. The same holds true for a small room—you don’t want to overpower a bathroom with a large candle when tea lights would be perfect.

Limit to burn time to a few hours.

Upon first use, always burn your candle for a few hours. This allows the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring an even burn at the next use. After that, Piorek advises that you should only burn your candles for three to four hours at a time. “This allows the candles to burn properly, avoiding tunneling,” she says. Uneven melting of the wax is referred to as “tunneling” and makes your candles look less appealing. It also wastes the wax and can even hurt the candle’s ability to light. Stick to three to four hours of burn time if you want to avoid candle tunneling and prolong their use.

Trim and readjust the wick.

A candle is only as good its wick. This braided cotton that holds the flame should measure about 1/4 to 1/8 inch high in order to produce an ideal burn. “Trimming the wick is important,” says Piorek. “Before each burn, trim the tip of the wick, just a little.” It also helps the candle to burn cleaner. Simply extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and use a candle wick trimmer tool to cut down the wick before relighting. It’s recommended to do this every four hours of burn time.

Keep in mind that a candle in a container takes about two hours to completely cool down, and it’s much safer to trim the wick when the wax pool has hardened. A hot pool of melted wax can burn your fingers if you reach for the wick before it’s cooled and solidified. Another suggestion? While the wax is cooled but still malleable, reposition the wick to its wax center—this prevents soot stains from forming on the glass.

Avoid drafty areas.

That candle might look pretty sitting near an open window, but it can reduce it’s life. According to Piorek, currents of air can cause an uneven burn. Place your candles away from areas of the house that tend to be drafty or, if you’re outdoors, keep your citronella candles or sand candles guarded against the breeze. Wind has a tendency to blow out the flame or knock things over. “Most importantly, never leave a candle unattended,” Piorek says. Not only is there a risk of fire when candles are forgotten about in a room, but you also run the risk of burning the candle for too long. You can alternate your candles to prolong their burn time—just don’t set it and forget it.

Keep away from heat sources.

Whether or not your candles are in use, know that the wax can—and does—melt in extreme heat. “In the heat, candles will start to sweat,” Piorek explains. “Keep candles dry and in normal room temperature.” Don’t store your candles near other heat sources, such as kitchen stoves, the fireplace mantel, or the attic. The best place to store your candles is indoors and away from direct sunlight. After each use, clean the wick’s centered wax pool of any soot or charred debris using a wet cotton pad with warm soapy water. Enclose the lid to prevent dust from settling on the surface, and let it cool until it’s ready to be lit again.

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How To Trade Candlestick Wicks

Candlestick wicks are among the most commonly misunderstood and misused concepts of technical analysis there is. Whereas conventional pinbarsВ are straight-forward and easy to spot, when candlestick wicks occur within trending moves or at breakout points, traders usually make the wrong assumptions and then make bad trading decisions.

The goal of this article is it to provide a different viewpoint on how to use and look at candlestick wicks.

A wick is not a just a rejection signal

Let’s start with the first and most important idea: a candlestick wick is not just a signal of rejection and it can actually foreshadow a breakout. How come?

Look at point (1) in the screenshot below. There was a huge wick trying to break the support at the previous lows. This wick could have indicated that the sellers are not strong enough because price could not close below the level. Another viewpoint might be, that there were so many sellers in the market that they were able to push price as far as never before during the ranging period. This could foreshadow a slowly shifting power balance between buyers and sellers.

Of course, with the benefit of hindsight, we can see that the price broke the support shortly afterward, but you will be able to spot such a pattern time and time again. Furthermore, the idea of strength into the direction of the wick will also help us when staying in trades with confidence.

A trader who entered on the breakout will now have to make a tough decision at point (2): will he remain in the trade or will he exit it because the candlestick is showing a wick? A trader who does not know better will assume that the wick shows a rejection. A trader who understands that a wick can also foreshadow a continuation into the direction of the wick will evaluate the situation very differently. The downward wick could have also indicated that there is a lot of selling pressure in the market, that wasn’t quite ready yet to tilt the balance.

Traders who misinterpret candlestick wicks usually exit such trades way too early because they get easily scared by every little wick. It can really pay off to investigate the continuation signal of wicks.

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Now let’s look at what happened afterward. The price continued the way down and the wick that looked so “scary” at the moment was just a small hiccup during a trending market.

Price never just shots up and down in a straight line but the ebb and flow of the market lead to a constant back and forth and a trader who understands to interpret price action the right way will be able to approach his trading wich more confidence.

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Breakout wicks part 2

The screenshot shows 2 scenarios where a candlestick wick could have been used as a rejection signal that then lead to a wrong interpretation of the scenario. In both cases was price not able to break the level immediately, but the wick pushing into the level indicated a strong interest in the level.

Of course, trading such wicks blindly without confirmation is not a smart move either, but they can be used as an important building block for a trading strategy. If you are interested in more in-depth technical analysis, take a look at our premium online courses.

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How to trade with candlestick wicks

To further investigate the importance of reading candlestick wicks in the right context, let’s go through one more example.

Below we see a classic breakout scenario which is followed be a candlestick with a long wick. How many traders will exit their breakout trades because they fear a rejection? Most!

However, wouldn’t it also make sense to view it as a normal bullish pushback after the breakout? Support and resistance levels are areas where buyers and sellers heavily interact with each other and clean breakouts usually only exist within textbook 😉 a pullback into a breakout area is a common phenomenon – also because price fishes for break even stop loss orders which is a whole different problem in the retail trading world.

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The breakout was then continued after the wick and the trend progressed until it reached the next area of previous lows where buying and selling interests collided once again. The candles formed 2 wicks and most traders will most likely get easily scared out of their trades. However, by now you should understand that as long as we do not see a major move away from the wicks, the trend has a good chance to continue.

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And that’s exactly what happened. The last candle in the screenshot below shows another scenario many retail traders get wrong. We see a large bearish candle with a wick. The amateur will only see the wick and get pushed out of their trade because they fail to interpret the size in the right context. The body shows strong selling pressure and the wick is compared relatively small. Size and the relation of wicks and bodies can also be a very important building block for your understanding of technical analysis and I wrote about it here: understand any candlestick pattern

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As a final tip, I always recommend switching to the line graph from time to time in order to get a sense of what is going on without all the noise of the candlesticks. The purpose of candlestick graphs is to provide more information, but more is not always better.

The line graph provides a noise-free way of looking at price and at no point did the line graph provide a scenario that would have lead to a premature exit.

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Going forward I recommend you start paying attention to candlestick wicks when they occur so that you can make the right assumptions in the future. Of course, this will take some time but the more situations you experience and observe, the better your knowledge will be.

HOW TO PREVENT AND FIX CANDLE TUNNELING

Posted by Julia White on May 25, 2019

How to Make Candle Wicks

HOW TO PREVENT AND FIX CANDLE TUNNELING The wax and wick are the most essential element in candle making. Both work together to ensure a clean burn. The candle wax is the ‘fuel’ of the flame and as the wick burns down, the candle wax gradually depletes. Under normal circumstances, this depletion should take place evenly across the surface of the candle. When it does not, it is called candle tunneling. If tunneling occurs, instead of the wax to melt down evenly, there is just a hole in the wax through which the wick burns. If a candle tunnels, you.

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Lumpy Tops on Soy Candles

Posted by Julia White on May 17, 2019

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In the majority of cases a lumpy top on a soy candle is the result of pour temperature. Many people do not place enough importance on pour temperature, some not even using a thermometer.If you want a great looking soy candle with smooth tops and good glass adhesion, investing in a good quality thermometer is a must.A lot of people are caught by surprise when after a couple of months of pouring their candles all of a sudden develop holes or pits when they have changed nothing. They may not have changed anything but the weather may have changed. The.

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The Easiest Way to Put Your Wicks to the Bottom of Jars!

Posted by Julia White on May 17, 2019

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The easiest way to put your wicks to the bottom of jars! 🤫 When you need to secure your wick in a tall or narrow container, use a straw. 😲 Stick the wick in a straw, press the straw on the bottom of the jar. Don’t forget to use a candle wick sticker or dab the tab with hot glue.

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Wet Spots in Soy Candles

Posted by Julia White on May 17, 2019

How to Make Candle Wicks

A wet spot refers to the patch on your glass that almost looks like an air bubble between the wax and glass. What in fact has happened is the wax has pulled away from the edge of the glass. Once this happens it will not re-adhere. It does not affect the performance of the candle in any way but is an aesthetic thing.It generally happens when the candle temperature fluctuates and the wax expands and contracts. You will find it very nearly happens always overnight if you leave your candles out. It can be controlled by using a good quality.

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Why and How to Prime Your Wicks?

Posted by Julia White on Apr 20, 2019

How to Make Candle Wicks

When making a candle, always prime your wicks if they are not pre primed. A candle maker can easily prime a candle wick in a process that soaks the wicks in melted wax to make the wicks stiff. The advantage of priming a wick is that it will make the wick easier to light, and it will burn more evenly due to the stiffness of the wick. Priming your candlewicks will ensure that you create a better and longer-lasting candle. How to Prime Your Candle Wicks Melt a small amount of wax in your double boiler until it reaches.

How to Make Candle Wicks

Learning how to make candle wicks is a fun skill to have when making your own candles at home. In order to make your own candle wicks you will need a few easy to obtain supplies. The process is easy, cheap and a great time saver!

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Different types of candle wicks

Before you make your own wicks you first need to decide what type of wick you want to make. There are three main types: Core, Flat Braid; and Square Braid.

  • Core Wicks – These are best for candles where traditional straight wicks would just not work. These can be shaped easily, making them ideal for candles that require a little indiviualtiy.
  • Square Braid – These are decorative candle wicks that are commonly used in molded and dipped candle
  • Flat Braid – these uare used in tapered candles. They are self-trimming and burn cleanly.

Different Types of Candle Wicks

How to make candle wicks

Materials needed.

To make the candles wicks you will need:-

  1. Cotton String or Yarn – the heavier the yarn the better as it provides more strength.
  2. Salt
  3. Water
  4. Boric Acid.

Start off by cutting three lenghts of string and soaking them in water that contains 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt; 2 to 4o tablespoons of boric acid; and about a cup to a cup and a half of water. The string needs to be soaked for at least twelve hours.

After the string has been soaked for at least twelve hours it will need to be properly dried. Remove the string from the water and dry for 24 to 48 hours, or until complelety dry. Once the string has completely dried you will need to braid all three pieces together. Once the string has been braided you will need to cut the string to about four inches longer than the length of the candle.

To make the Square Braid wicks you will only need two, instead of three, strings. The process is the same as above and once the strings have dried you braid them together. For the flat braid you will need more strings. Typically 2 to 4 strands; which will double as a 4 to 8 strand braid depending on your desired width. There are several methods to flat braid and instructions can be found on the internet.

Materials Needed to Make Candle Wicks

To Prime or not to prime.

Priming candle wicks will affect the way your candle will burn. They are usually primed in wax and this is done before the wick is inserted into the candle. To prime the wick, dip the wax in melted candle wax until fully saturated.

Life the wick out of the wax and making sure it is pulled straight before cooling it in cold water. Once the wax has sufficiently cooled, lay the wick on a towel or grease proof paper, drying any excess water. If you require a stronger wick, re-dip the string in the wax and repeat the process.

How to Make Candle Wicks

Knowing how to make candle wicks is easy. It canbe a fun, money saving and time saving skill to have. Once you have mastered wick making you can truly say that making candles at home is easy and the candles really are all your own work.

How to Make Candle Wicks

Specialized candle wicks ensure that a candle burns safely and with optimum efficiency.

Candle wicks are at the heart of every candle. The wick turns what would otherwise be a lump of wax into a useful light source. The wick is what makes the candle burn and provides the flame. Candle wicks run from the top to the bottom of the candle, allowing the flame to melt and burn the wax from around the wick.

Types of Candle Wicks

While it would appear that the purpose of the candle wick is very simple and straightforward, there is actually a great degree of science behind finding the perfect wick for a candle.

If the wick is too thick and chunky, the flame will burn too brightly. This will result in the candle burning down quickly. This is an inefficient use of the candle and is also a potential hazard.

A candle wick that is too thin will have the opposite effect. The candle will burn too gently and only the inner part of the candle will melt. This will result in the wick getting saturated with wax and it will cease to burn.

Candle wicks are typically sold braided. The number of braids indicates the thickness of the wick. Therefore, a wick with a high number of braids will be thicker than a wick with a low number of braids. Candle supply stores will be able to give more information and supply test wicks if necessary. This is useful when making a large number of candles, as it is essential to get the wick choice right before making batches of candles.

What are Specialized Candle Wicks?

Most candle wicks are made from cotton to give a good and consistent burning temperature. There are some variations that make a particular wick suitable for a specific type of candle. These include:

Cored Wicks

One of the most common specialized candle wicks is a cored wick. This used to be made with a lead core. However, lead has been banned now in the United States. As such, the cores are now typically made from zinc.

Candle wicks with a core are stiffer than normal wicks and are ideal for candles such as votives and container candles. Paper cored wicks are an alternative to zinc cored wicks and have a higher burning point. This makes this type of wick better suited to very large pillar candles.

Braided Wicks

Wicks can be braided to encourage the flame to burn in a certain direction. This means that the wick follows the flame. When a wick burns into itself, it curls into the flame and keeps the end of the wick permanently short. This reduces the amount of smoke that is generated from the candle.

Tabbed Wicks

Wicks that have a tab are most often found in tea lights. These are wicks that have a small metal disc at the end. The disc helps to anchor the wick in place and stops it from falling over or floating to the top when the wax has melted. Tabbed wicks are either supplied with the tab ready in place or with the tabs supplied separately. Many candle makers prefer to buy the wick in a roll and attach the tabs as required as this gives them the greatest degree of flexibility.

Buying Candle Wicks

Most candle making supply stores supply specialized candle wicks and can offer excellent advice about the best ones to choose. There is also a good selection of candle wicks online and stores that sell a range of wicks include:

Exploring the art of candle making and learning about the best types of specialized candle wicks to use is part of the joy of this fascinating craft.