How to select the correct size of wick

How to select the correct size of wick

If the wick is not the correct size in a candle then there is no point in having a candle at all.

it’s as simple as that.

Below is the perfect example of an incorrect wick in a candle (I created it to demonstrate) It is a pure waste and ends up with a tunnelled candle – not pretty.

Getting the incorrect wick size

When you get the correct size of wick for the vessel the candle burns down the sides , using up all the wax – Hoorah! and an added benefit, it lasts for ages. If you have spent a lot of money on a candle you want it to last a long time don’t you.  Unless of course you have made your own at your very own Candle Making Workshop

Getting the perfect wick size

When you get the correct size of wick for the vessel the candle burns down the sides , using up all the wax – Hoorah! and an added benefit, it lasts for ages. If you have spent a lot of money on a candle you want it to last a long time don’t you.  Unless of course you have made your own at your very own Candle Making Workshop The wax here is getting used up and the candle will last a long time. Always make sure you trim your candle wick too before each light.

The very first time you light a candle make sure you have enough time to let the wax ‘pool’ to the edges of the glass, this will ensure a clean burn to the bottom.

Burn testing of candle wicks

Some days Candle Towers is like a complete Apothecary of testing. I get a teensy bit obsessed by wicks, but I think that’s ok. Above is testing in a baking tray with a series of different wicks. Pop them all in and fill with the wax of your choice, 24 hours later light them all at the same time ( take a note of the time you light them). Watch then and look for clubbing ( no not late night, loud music sort of club) sooting and most important burn pool.

In creating a candle you have to think of it like a triangle:

The wick

The scent

The wax

If you change any of the three elements you have to start the testing all again. What I recommend is start on a small scale and order the smallest amount of wicks you can and test them out with the wax and fragrance you are going to be using. I hear so many stories of people ordering massive amounts as its cheaper, it doesn’t work out and they get put off and end up coming to one of the workshops.

There is no right answer, I have been testing for over 6 years and I still test regularly.

Pop along to one of the Candle Making Workshops and learn more about candle making.

 

 

 

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