Choosing Wicks for Your Handmade Candles

Candle Wicks are a necessary ingredient for any candle. Experienced candle makers are probably familiar with the basics, but if you are new to the craft you will definitely want to learn more about how to choose and use wicks when making your own candles.

Types of Wicks

The most commonly used type of candle wick is the standard cotton wick. The width and length of the wick that you choose is important to consider. A wider, thicker wick will burn brighter, while a smaller wick features a more subtle flame. A larger wick does have the benefit of a brighter flame but can also burn a candle in less time that a smaller wick. Your personal preferences can help you decide which size is right based on your personal tastes. If you are making candles for gifts or as a way to earn money, you may want to opt for a medium sized wick that has a hardy flame but won’t burn candles too quickly.

Wooden wicks are also available. A wooden wick has the brightest flame and is also a great option when you want a candle that offers a natural appearance and wonderful scent. Most experts recommend using wooden wicks with soy candle wax. Soy wax is ideal because it is also natural and can burn for an extended length of time even with the brighter flame that occurs when using a wooden candle wick. You may also want to know how to secure and place your candle wicks when making your own candles.

Tips for Using Candle Wicks

One of the simplest ways to ensure your candle wick stays in place while pouring the melted wax into the container is to use wick stickers. These small stickers are placed in the bottom of the jar and the wick is securely attached to keep it in place while pouring your candle. The candle wick may be pre-tabbed, which allows you to secure it easily using either a sticker. With just a little practice, you will easily be able to keep your candle wick in place while pouring the wax.

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