How to Make a Candle Wick

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We do get a lot of questions regarding making a candle wick. That’s why we did decide to write a detailed article on how to make a candle wick so that you can advance in your candle making journey. If you start making candles immediately then you can buy candle making kits and start off.

What is a Candle Wick?

A Candle wick is actually made of which is braided in a way so that it can hold fire longer. Candle wick is the reason of how a candle burns, it acts as an influencer. Characteristics like the diameter, tethering, and stiffness lead to different flame behavior.

Candle Wick Characteristics

  • Flat candle wicks do bend back into the flame while burning. It makes the wick self-consuming and reason for the strong fire.
  • A wick with a larger diameter will produce a larger flame. So, it will melt more wax and candle will be burnt faster.
  • Wicks that includes fine wire is sturdier. It stands straight and strong in a large pool of melted wax. It also takes the heat down and softens the wax.
Candle Wick Burning

How to Make a Candle Wick

Steps of making candle wick are straight forward and easy to follow. These are the steps to make a candle wick:

  • The very first step, make a solution of borax (15 ml) and salt (45 ml) by adding them into 250 ml boiling temperature water.
  • The second step, take a piece of braided cotton rope and dip into the solution. Leave it like this for 24 hours, this way the rope will absorb borax.
  • Pick the rope from the solution with the help of tweezers and leave it to dry for 1-2 days.

The wick is ready to use in your project. Or, if you want to stiffen the wick, then follow the below procedure.

  • Take a 60 ml candle and melt it in a small pot. You can put the pot in hot water to ease the melting process.
  • Dip the just made wick into the molten candle. Dip the rope fully into the molten candle as much as possible. And leave this for 2-3 minutes.
  • Repeat the previous two steps until you are satisfied with the wick stiffness.

You can also see the below video to understand the candle wick making process better.

Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. We would love to hear them and make our article better.

៚ Feature Photo by Bryce Watanabe
៚ Photo by Hugo Wetterberg

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