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Frequently asked questions in Candle lighting, making and extinguishing. If you have your own questions i’d be delighted to hear from you, please get in touch.
Why does my candle tunnel?
I get a lot of people commenting on this, i think this might be one of the single most common problems. I’d love to know otherwise so please do get in touch.
The wick might be too small for the vessel, when the candle is lit the heat generated by the burning flame creates a ‘footprint’ of liquid wax, if the wick is too small it will create a tiny pool and create what i call a ‘ten pence tunnel’
Another very much overlooked cause if this is the care you take the very first time a candle is lit. When you get a stunning luxury candle (or made your very own at your candle school i run) the temptation is to rush home and light it. Think about how much time you have and if you think you are going to be dashing out the door 20 minutes later WAIT! see below how to rectify it.
How do I know how much wax to use when making my own candles?
Now i always work in weights and i know that isn’t the case with everyone, some like to work out by filling their vessel with water first but the wax comes as a solid so i find it easier to use grams. And all you have to do is fill your vessel twice and there you have the amount you need. If you want to know more why not come along to my candle making workshops and you can get an in depth knowledge. Have a look at workshop dates.
What happens when I light my candle for the first time and discover I have to go out after 20 minutes?
Don’t just light a candle the first time without thinking about how long it is going to be lit for, this can be the single most common problem, and i will tell you here what you can do once to rectify it.
So you have extinguished your candle, i will share with you later the best way to do this, you can get a heat gun or hairdryer and very carefully create a melt pool that goes to the edge of the glass. I cant tell you enough to be so so careful doing this as the hot wax can splatter.
Ideally you will let the candle remain lit for the recommended time the first time instead of having to use alternative methods to save your candle.
My candle was a beautiful scent when i first got it, now i cant smell it, why?
How long should i light a candle for the first time?
What size of wick should i use?
My candle seems to soot a lot, whats wrong with it?
There seems to be wet spots round the glass on the inside of the candle jar, what is that?
What are the benefits of using a wick trimmer?
My candle has a poor light and looks like its going to go out.
What is the difference between a cheap candle and an expensive one?
My candle has a cracked top in a circle
I have lost the wick in the wax, help!
Should i heat my candle vessel first before i pour my wax in?