What Type of Wick Should You Use When Making Candles?
Making candles can be a fun and creative activity, but it’s important to make sure you use the right wick for the job. The type of wick that you use will determine the size, burn time and scented release from your finished candle – so it’s worth getting it right!
Understanding Different Wick Sizes
The size of your wick will depend on the volume of wax that you are using, and the diameter of your candle. Generally, the larger your candle is, the thicker your wick should be! Here’s a handy guide to get you started:
Typically Recommended Wicks for Candle Purpose
- Tealight Candles: 4-6mm diameter
- Votive Candles: 6-8mm diameter
- Medium-sized Jars: 8-10mm diameter
- Large Jars: 10-14mm diameter
Types of Wick for Making Candles
There are many different types of wick that you can use when making candles. The two main wick types that are most commonly used are:
- Synthetic or Viscose Wick: This is an all-purpose wick, suitable for both container and free-standing candles.
- Cotton Wick: These are often preferred for free-standing or tall, deep candles.
Tips for Choosing the Right Wick Size
When selecting the right wick size for your candle, it’s important to take into account the type of wax you are using, as this can affect the burning characteristics of the wick. Before you commit to a wick size, it’s always best to do a test burn with your chosen wax to make sure it works.
- Burn your candle for at least 1 hour and observe the burn pool and flame
- If the wax is not melting evenly, the flame is too large, or there are black smoke trails coming from the candle, this indicates that the wick size is too large
- If the wax is burning too quickly and the flame is too small, this indicates that the wick size is too small.
Tips for Preparing the Wick
Once you have selected your wick size, and are happy with your test burn, it’s important to make sure the wick is properly prepared before you start making your candle.
- Trim the wick: Trim the top of the wick to 1/8 inch before lighting your candle. This will ensure the initial burn is clean and even, and will avoid any smoldering or smoking.
- Solder the wick: Cut a piece of wick about 2 inches longer than the height your candle will be. This will ensure the wick does not move during the pouring process.
- Secure the wick: Place the trimmed and soldered end of the wick in the bottom of your mold and secure it using some wax or glue. This will make sure the wick stays in position while the wax sets.
Choosing the right wick for your candle is essential to ensure that your candle will burn evenly and safely. When selecting the right wick size, it’s important to take into account the wax that you are using, as this will affect the burn rate and finished appearance of your candle. Once you have chosen your wick, make sure to prepare it correctly by trimming and soldering the ends, and securing it in the bottom of the mold before pouring the wax.
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