What’s in your candle wick?

wax coated candle wicks

People often ask lots of questions about Candle Making but one of the fewer asked ones i’m going to share with you today is what is in a wick. “Is there actually anything in a wick” i hear you say.

There has been quite a lot of controversy regarding wicks over the years, especially with wicks that are wire cored, what that means is there is a fine wire that runs through the centre which is primarily used for keeping the wick straight during pouring session and it also creates more heat, in turn a larger burn pool (that’s a story for another time) don’t get me started.

Another which has been banned now in the states is lead wicks. The wicks that I use for candle making here at Candle Towers are braided cotton Linen wicks from a wonderful company Candle Shack http:www.candle-shack.co.uk in Scotland. They look pretty for starters and are coated in wax and don’t contain any metals.

I read the other day some interesting and shocking facts regarding scenting and wicks which i will share with you next week.

Happy Candle making!

Jo x

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