In all your candle making, you’re going to run into a variety of wicks. It seems that the wicks are as varied as the candle jars, and regardless of the effect you are looking for, there’s a wick for you. A candle wick works by drawing the wax upward to be burned by the flame. The bigger the wick, the bigger the flame, and the faster the candle will be consumed.
Consequently, the opposite is also true, so selecting the right flame is crucial. While some like slow-burning candles, others prefer this burst of freshness that comes from the faster wick and opt for larger options. In this section, you will learn which wicks achieve which effect, giving you plenty of options in your candle making adventures.
Cotton wicks, a general go-to for all
Cotton wicks are perhaps the most popular of all candle making wicks, and with little wonder as to why. They are inexpensive, easily accessible, and can often be cut to the proper length regardless of the size of your candle. You can purchase these wicks pre-cut to specific lengths, and often with a set of wick tabs as well. Or, you can also purchase these wicks rolled up on a spool, and you can cut the wick to the proper length depending on the size of the candle you are making.
If this is the case, you can purchase tabs separately by the hundreds, so you won’t ever run out during a candle making session. Cotton wicks also come in a range of thicknesses, making them optimal for a variety of candles. When you are looking to customize your collection, cotton wicks really are the way to go. They are cost-effective, easy to use, and can match the variety of candles you are making. Of course, you should also keep other wicks on hand, but when it comes to your stand-bye, keep a box full of the cotton and you’ll never go wrong.
A tiki torch is a large wick and is often used to make a tiki torch candle, though it is possible to use these wicks for other candles as well. The tiki torch is a fiberglass wick and is used in oil candles rather than wax candles. The fiberglass draws the oil upward, allowing the fire to burn at the top of the candle (or torch). These wicks cause a fast, hot burn, and are often used in outdoor candles.
Wooden candle wicks
As far as candle making goes, wooden wicks are relatively new to the industry. They come in two varieties – soft wood and hard wood, and many prefer the soft wood. When you use a wooden candle wick, you must be more careful with the wax you select. Soy candles tend to burn hotter than other kinds of waxes, and wooden wicks tend to burn hotter as well. If you are using wooden candle wicks with soy wax, make sure you use a large enough container to sustain the added heat.