Making Candles and Doing Candle Wick Test.

Here are soy candles I made. I work full time so it is diffcult sometimes to squeeze in my soapmaking projects and candlemaking projects. The herbal remedies such as herbal teas are easier to make. Visit my website for simple home remedies, soapmaking instructions, soap recipes, candlemaking help and homemade products.

When you buy candle a kit, it usually has different colors to add to your wax. Read the directions. Dont do like I did and put all the candle wax in the wax melting pot. Then have to pour some candle wax into a large can because your were suppose to melt only part of the candle wax to use one of the colors (another smooth move). At least with making candles you can melt the wax down again. Just don't get in a hurry and melt all the candle wax down then add one color when you have two or three different colors to use in your candle kit.

I have used pariffin candle wax before. The candles looked great only my wicks gave me problems. When making candles the wick needs to be supported. This can be done by placing a hole in the center if a popsicle stick then run the top of the wick through the whole of the popsicle stick. Make adjustments to candle wick by comparing the candle wick to the height of your candle mold you will be using. You may want to place a small piece of tape on the top of the candle wick and stick. There are also wick supporters you can buy from candle making suppliers. Me and my daughter made these pariffin candles, when we tested them we relized the wicks had make a curve when we poured our hot wax into the mold. The taller candles molds may give you more problems with the candle wicks curving without you relizing it. So supporting the candle wicks are important in making candles.

Using the proper candle wick size it also important. I am still working with this one. I have read test different wicks. So I have a couple soy wax candles with different wicks sizes to test with. The photo below labeled Candle Wick Test are these two soy wax candles that are being tested. The pink candle has ECO-8 6" candle wick. It produces more light than the green candle. Im not sure what size candle wick the green soy wax candle has, but it's smaller in diagonal size and a cut the same length. The mason jar diagonal is 3 inches.

The rule of thumb is that the while testing candle wicks in your candles, the diagonal size of the jar or candle should be burnt for that many hours to see if the flame melts the wax evenly across the top of the candle, so as to keep the candle even across the top.

Candle Wick Test. The soy candle wax should burn evenly across the top of the candle in this candle wick test. As you can see in the photo below from my candle wick test, the CEO-8 6" candle wick would be the better candle wick to use in a 3 inch diagonal candle. The test was cut a little short of 3 hours.

This shows you if ajustments in candle wicks is needed. If you are wanting to sell your candles this candle wick test is an important step to producing high quality candles. After my soy wax candles have been lit 3 hours I will post another picture. Then we will see if the larger candle wick preformed better than the small candle wick.
Results of my Candle Wick Test. To keep your candles even across the top you need to burn them until the the melted wax reaches the edges of the candles. If you light a 3 inch diagonal candle and let it burn 1 hour, it will burn around the wick showing a tunnel. Of coarse in an emergency, attractivness of your candles isn't important. But if the candle is used only for special occasions the full burn time should be applied if you want to keep your candle looking pretty.


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