I love making candles, particularly beeswax candles (see how to make them here). Making them is actually pretty easy–once you have your ingredients and take your measurements, all you really have to do to make the candle portion is to melt the ingredients together and pour them into a container. But setting the wicks is a different story and is by far the most frustrating part. After lots of candle-making trial and error, I’m going to show you how to set candle wicks using stuff from your junk drawer. No extra candle-making supplies necessary.
- Wicks (I have this kind)
- Pen or pencil
- Clothes pins or medium-sized binder clips
- Paper towel
- Melted wax for your candle (see this post for the mixture of beeswax and coconut oil I use)
Here’s how to set candle wicks:
Step #1: Cut your wicks 3-4 inches longer than you’d like the finished product to be. You’ll use the extra length to stabilize the wicks.
Step #2: (Have a paper towel handy.) Dip each wick into your melted wax so that the wax covers about 75% of the wick. Use your fingers to gently smooth out the wax from the wick’s top to its bottom. As the wax hardens, your wick should become perfectly straight.
Step #3: Wrap the wicks around your pen enough times so that, when the pen is resting on top of your candle container, the bottom of the wicks barely touch the bottom of the container. Clip the wicks in place using a clothes pin or medium-sized binder clip.
Step #4: Set the pen on top of your candle container and use a few pieces of tape to secure the pen in place. If you don’t use tape, it will roll around.
Step #5: Pour about a 1/2-1 inch of melted wax into the candle container. Let solidify for 10-15 minutes. Your wicks should now be set.
Leave the wick-holding apparatus in place as you pour the rest of your wax in. Then, when you’re done and your candle wax has set, clip the wicks. Enjoy your new candle!