Under or Over Wicked: How to Ensure Your DIY Candles are Properly Wicked
In honor of the beautiful 5 o'clock Sawyer Candles we are selling with Ecam and co., I thought it'd be good to go over some of the ways you can make sure your personal DIY candles are properly wicked! Making candles is a fascinating process that is a lot more complicated than many think, so get ready.
Please note, you can find a plethora of useful candle making guides online, and Ecam even offers candle making workshops that you can (and should) attend. All that said, here are some easy tips for ensuring your DIY candles are properly wicked.
With all this talk of properly wicked candles, let's address what under wicked and over wicked candles look like. An under wicked candle will create a tunnel in the wax when it's burned, instead of melting the wax all the way to the edge of the container. An over wicked candle will create a melt pool more than half an inch deep. EXAMPLE:
Left: Under wicked, Middle: Properly wicked, Right: Over wicked
(Image taken from CandleScience)
When a candle is under wicked, it means the wick is too small. When a candle is over wicked, it means the wick is too big. Sometimes, the companies that sell wicks will provide useful guides for wick size, and give info on what wick sizes work best with various container sizes. This isn't always the case though. Either way, I'd strongly encourage DIY candle makers to always test burn their candles. And don't get discouraged if you get it wrong the first time! Candle making is a science that takes time and practice to get right.
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