Candle wicks

Several important items are needed when you're making a candle, one of those is the wick. It conveys the wax to the flame and allows the candle to burn. If you use a wick that is too fine, it will extinguish itself. If you use a wick that is too large, there won't be enough wax to feed it.

What is the purpose of the wick?

The wick is the engine of your candle. The wick allows the heat to reach the wax. In the next part of the process, the heat burns the wax and turns it into a liquid which will itself feed the flame of your candle. Thus, the liquid wax is drawn up by your wick. Your wax and the air around it are the two essential elements required to keep the flame alight.

Our different types of wicks

Your wick can be made of a variety of different materials. There are two main types of products: braided candle wicks and pre-waxed candle wicks. The former are more commonly used but the latter light more quickly. Wooden candle wicks are also available.

Here is some information to help you choose the best candle wick for your project.

Braided wicks

Braided wicks for candles are the most commonly used. In fact, their structure is simpler, making it easier to make candles. You'll find wicks made of linen, hemp and cotton in our store. This type of wick is available in a variety of different weaves:

  • Flat braid wicks

    We advise you to use this type of candle wick to make paraffin wax candles. Not only are these wicks very suitable for this type of candle, they also have the added advantage of being economical.

  • Square braid wicks

    Square braid wicks are much less common and often used to make church candles or tapers and candles for outdoor use. You can use square wicks to make candles with a larger diameter.

  • Round braid wicks

    We recommend using this type of wick for making beeswax candles. It's a good idea to use this type of wick if your candle contains more than 60% stearin, and for making vegetable wax candles./p>

Pre-waxed wicks

Pre-waxed candle wicks have already been coated with wax. This feature give them an advantage: they light very quickly and start burning immediately. You can use these wicks for paraffin wax and for gel candles.

Wooden wicks

Wooden wicks are also a useful option. In addition to being of natural origin, they make a crackling sound as the wick burns, reminiscent of a log fire. Unlike others, such as cotton wicks, they never droop. In addition, they don't give off a smell when they're snuffed out so won't make your room smell bad.

Anyone can make their own candles: follow our advice to help you choose everything you need to make your candle. Create the kind of candles you like with your favourite fragrances in the right moulds and using the most suitable wax.

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