The wick is the heart of your candle during its manufacture. Thanks to it, the heat caused by the flame will reach your candle. A virtuous circle will then be created thanks to the heat that will burn the wax and transform it into a liquid that will in turn feed your flame. Your wick will suck the liquid wax by capillarity. For centuries, candle wicks have evolved to become more efficient and more durable.
It is therefore thanks to the wax acting as a fuel and the air acting as an oxidant that the reaction becomes possible with the addition of your flame acting as heat. This is the fire triangle.
Discover our different guides now! We explain everything about candle wicks! However, the culture of testing is in place. A test is the best way to be sure to use the right wick.
- How to choose the right wick for your candle?
- Easily use and test your wick
- Wick placement and list of possible problems
Choosing the right wick for your candle can prevent common problems encountered during candle making. A poor wick choice can cause poor fragrance diffusion, pooling problems, or even black smoke or flame extinction!
First, it is important to present the different types of wicks. There are a multitude of references but we only cover our own here.
Wrapped in wax, these wicks are suitable for any type of candle due to quick ignition and easy positioning. They are therefore ideal for poured candles, molded candles, floating candles, gel candles, or warming plates. Depending on the type of candle you want to make, you must choose between several types of cored wicks.
The TCR coated wicks are particularly suitable for soy, rapeseed and bee wax for a final result of container/poured candles. This wick is a cotton wick coated in a mixture of soy wax and presenting a paper core that undergoes no chemical treatment. The first numbers after "TCR" indicate the number of strands on the outside, the second number indicates the number of internal strands within the wick.
Also made of cotton, these braided wicks made of fine paper threads give a rigid structure without needing a core. They are an ideal choice with soy wax for poured, molded and votive candles.
These wicks are lead-free and zinc-free and are composed of flat natural cotton threads interwoven with paper threads. This produces a rigid structure. The uniform combustion allows for ideal operation with vegetable and paraffin waxes (paraffin & gel) in poured candles.
Made from natural cherry wood, wooden wicks will add an enjoyable crackling effect during the wick's combustion. They never sag unlike cotton wicks. Wooden wicks do not spread unpleasant odors when extinguished, for example. These wicks are suitable for container candle making!
Braided wicks for candles are the most common. In fact, their design is simpler and generally allows for easy creation. You will find wicks made of linen, hemp or cotton. In this wick family, there are several types of braids:
We advise you to use this type of candle wick for a creation based on paraffin. Very suitable for this type of creation, it also has a considerable advantage: it is economical.
The square braid is not widely used. It is often used to make candles or outdoor candles. You can therefore use it to make candles with more voluminous diameter needs.
We recommend using this type of braid for candles based on beeswax. This type of wick is good to use if your candle contains more than 60% stearin or for vegetable waxes.
You now know all the main types of wicks we have! We also offer an article on choosing your wick and many others.
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