Choosing the right wick for your next candlemaking project

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Candle Making - How to Choose a Candle Wick

By: Stephanie Bentley

So, you have decided that you would like to start making your own candles. There are different types of wicks you can choose from, depending on the type of candle you are making. From the type of wax used the amount of dye, fragrance, and how big the candle container will be. The longevity of your candle can depend on the type of wick chosen. There are several variables that will affect the outcome of your candle; so choosing the appropriate one is important.

There are some problems that can happen with wicks, such as mushrooming. This can occur when the wax in a candle burns faster than the wick, which can cause a blackened bit of excess that could result in a burnt black ball hanging over the candle.

There are some common wicks chosen to be used in the candle making process.

  • An ECO wick flat wick braided with interwoven paper threads. These wicks are known to work well with paraffin and natural waxes. They are solid scented, colored, pillar and container candles and have been found to perform very well in paraffin and natural wax blends. When wicking, these are ideal for tea lights and votives.
  • HTP (High Temperature Paper) this is more of a universal wick. It tends to work well for paraffin, gel and vegetable waxes that often require hotter burning applications as well as minimize carbon build-up.
  • Wooden wicks are used with sox container wax and can burn up to about ten hours. They are the newest type of wicking that is being used today. It is important to make sure that these wicks are treated, because untreated wicks sometimes don't light, or only stay lit for a short period of time. These also have that crackling wood fire sound while wood wick burning. This wicking method works really well for containers, pillars, and votives.
  • Zinc core wicks are also another type commonly used. This type tends to be easier to stay standing straight and centered while the candle burning.
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  • Untabbed wicks are used for pillar candles. It is self-trimming, which helps reduce carbon buildup.

Once you have chosen the wick that best fits your needs, you will need to make sure you have a tab (also known as wick bases) especially if you will be making votive or container candles, since it will help your wick stand up straight. You will need to make sure you pick a base that is the appropriate size for your candle.

Having a good idea about some of the wicks that are available to choose from, will make it easier for you to narrow it down to the type you will need, based on the type of candle you will be creating. If you want to test out different wicks, you can often find sample packs that will allow you to choose the perfect wick!

About the Author
The Flaming Candle carries a wide range of candle scent oils, candle dyes and wooden candle wicks.

Article Source: EzineArticles


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