One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of candle making is choosing the best wick for your candle type. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to get the right sized wick or the perfect burning candle.
When you are buying wicks, you have a lot of options to choose from, and likely many questions to ask as well! You’re not alone if you aren’t sure what flat braid and square braid means when looking at the different items at your local craft store. The type of wick you will need will greatly depend on which type of candle you are trying to create.
The melt pool is probably the most important factor when making scented candles, so choosing the right wick to achieve the best melt pool as possible is important. Using a wick that is not big enough, and you may get an effect called “tunneling” where the candle only melts a small ring around the wick. You should also be careful to make sure you do not use a wick that is too large, as this could cause smoke that can be damaging to your walls or ceiling. When you have the right wick for your candles, you can avoid a lot of the common problems many people get, such as it not having a very strong scent or the candle burning unevenly. While there is no one size fits all answer to this problem most people face, a little practice makes perfect. Part of the fun of candle making is making your own special blends, so what works for one person may not always work for another. When you take the time to test and practice early on, it will save you a lot of time and money in mistakes later on. If you are trying to learn how to make money making candles it is even more important to make sure you use the right materials to produce an excellent product.
There are a number of different variables that will influence your decision on which wick is the best one for you to use, such as the amounts of dyes and fragrances used or what type of wax you are pouring. You would not use the same wicks for [a citronella candle as you would for making non scented candles. Buying a wide variety of different styles in the beginning may seem like an additional expense, but it is the only way to know first hand which variety is right for you. Fortunately, you can usually order sample sized quantities from most online vendors. You can also test your candle making recipe by pouring your wax without a wick and allowing it to harden to make sure it will set properly.
While it may take some practice and experience to know which types of wicks you like the best, it is worth the time and effort. There is no better reward than knowing you’ve made the perfect candle!