How to Make Candle Wicks
Learning how to make candle wicks is a fun skill to have when making your own candles at home. In order to make your own candle wicks you will need a few easy to obtain supplies. The process is easy, cheap and a great time saver!
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Different types of candle wicks
Before you make your own wicks you first need to decide what type of wick you want to make. There are three main types: Core, Flat Braid; and Square Braid.
- Core Wicks – These are best for candles where traditional straight wicks would just not work. These can be shaped easily, making them ideal for candles that require a little indiviualtiy.
- Square Braid – These are decorative candle wicks that are commonly used in molded and dipped candle
- Flat Braid – these uare used in tapered candles. They are self-trimming and burn cleanly.
Different Types of Candle Wicks
How to make candle wicks
To make the candles wicks you will need:-
- Cotton String or Yarn – the heavier the yarn the better as it provides more strength.
- Boric Acid.
Start off by cutting three lenghts of string and soaking them in water that contains 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt; 2 to 4o tablespoons of boric acid; and about a cup to a cup and a half of water. The string needs to be soaked for at least twelve hours.
After the string has been soaked for at least twelve hours it will need to be properly dried. Remove the string from the water and dry for 24 to 48 hours, or until complelety dry. Once the string has completely dried you will need to braid all three pieces together. Once the string has been braided you will need to cut the string to about four inches longer than the length of the candle.
To make the Square Braid wicks you will only need two, instead of three, strings. The process is the same as above and once the strings have dried you braid them together. For the flat braid you will need more strings. Typically 2 to 4 strands; which will double as a 4 to 8 strand braid depending on your desired width. There are several methods to flat braid and instructions can be found on the internet.
Materials Needed to Make Candle Wicks
To Prime or not to prime.
Priming candle wicks will affect the way your candle will burn. They are usually primed in wax and this is done before the wick is inserted into the candle. To prime the wick, dip the wax in melted candle wax until fully saturated.
Life the wick out of the wax and making sure it is pulled straight before cooling it in cold water. Once the wax has sufficiently cooled, lay the wick on a towel or grease proof paper, drying any excess water. If you require a stronger wick, re-dip the string in the wax and repeat the process.
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Knowing how to make candle wicks is easy. It canbe a fun, money saving and time saving skill to have. Once you have mastered wick making you can truly say that making candles at home is easy and the candles really are all your own work.