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Beginner Candle Wick Guide



Candle-making is gaining popularity. Making candles is a popular hobby for many people. You don’t have to be a professional candle maker, but you need to know how to choose the right wick. The candle wick provides the fuel for the flame. Let’s take a look at the specialties of wicks.

What Is Candle Wicks?

The most important and central component of a candle is its wicks. Without them, the candle would not burn and the air in your living space would not be warm. The heart of a candle is its wick; it gives it its shape.

What Does Candle Wicks Do?

A wax wick is what fuels the candle’s flame. The wick acts as a fuel pump by drawing the melted wax into the flame and then burning it. The wick for candles is made from a bundle of fibres that can be twisted, coiled, or knitted. The fibres are the candle’s absorbent parts. They absorb molten wax, transport it to the light via capillarity, and then release it back into the flame.

Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Candle Wicks For Your Candle Making

It is easy to choose the right candlewick for candle making. However, if you are a beginner, these considerations can help you determine why a thicker, more effective wick will be beneficial to your candle making.

Types Of Wax: How long a candle will burn depends on the wax type used. Soy wax candles burn slower than paraffin wax candles. A thicker wick will last longer, while a dense wax solution will last.

Candle Size And Shape: Because no two candles smell the same, there are no two candle-lit areas that are alike. Size is essential when spreading the aroma of candles throughout a space. A thicker, spherical candle is better for the scent.

Wax Melting Point: As stated previously, the dense the wax is, the slower it melts. This translates into a higher melting point. They also emit an aroma that burns slower than other waxes, so they may not be as appealing to some people.

Candle Fragrance Oil: Fragrance oils increase the candle’s scent and flame size, making them ideal for scented candles. However, adding fragrance oil does not necessarily mean a stronger scent throw. A candle with too much fragrance oil might have a clogged wick, which can lead to a weaker scent throw.

Types Of Colorants: While colourants can improve the look of candles, they don’t always work well and can cause the wick to become choked if they are burned. They are not suitable for candles that have been coloured but can be used to coat the outside of candles.

You Can Make Your Candle Wick Work For You By Choosing The Right One:

Consistent Flame Size: A candle with the right wick size and diameter and a consistent flame will have a longer burn time and a better aroma throw.

Moderate Temperature: Moderate temperature increases candle wax density, and allows it to cool off evenly and quickly. The dense candle wax will last longer when lit.

No Or Minimal Blooming (Carbon Deposits): Candles produce soot based on the type of wax, wick and fragrance oil. Natural waxes such as soy, which have a thicker wick, and a natural fragrance or essential oils, do not produce any soot.

A Well-Formed Wax Pool With No Drip: Candles that are too dense will melt quickly and drip constantly. Pour the candle mixture one time, wait for 10-15 minutes, and then pour it again.

Minimum Glow After Candle Has Been Extinguished: The right amount of wick ensures that the candle’s wax is only used for its purpose, so there is no excess glow or soot.

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