Making candles: Choosing and preparing the wick

Do you know how to choose a wick and place it in a candle? If not, keep reading!

Wicks come in different diameters and are chosen based on the width of the candle you plan to make. The #1 wick is perfect for tealight candles, for example, and the #7 is used for pillar molds. If the wick is not wide enough, only the centre of the candle will melt.

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Wick tab holders

Wick tab holders are used to keep wicks in place at the bottom of candles.

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How to prime the wick

Wicks can be difficult to handle: they must be pushed through the hole in the metal core and then kept straight while you pour the wax. This can be awkward and create a bit of a mess. But there’s a way to simplify the procedure; it’s called “priming the wick.” Here’s how to do it:

1. In a double boiler, melt the wax for the candle.

2. Immerse the entire wick in the melted wax.

3. Place the wick on a sheet of aluminum foil, making sure it is straight.

4. Let cool, then place the wick in the freezer for a few minutes.

5. Remove it from the freezer and push it through the hole in the wick tab holder.

6. Pinch the metal core with a pair of pliers to hold the mesh in place.

7. Your wick is now ready! Pour the wax while using chopsticks or popsicle sticks to hold the wick in the centre of the container. Let harden.

Primer la mèche et la faire tenir

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