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How to Set Candle Wicks

How to Set Candle Wicks

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I love making candles, particularly beeswax candles. Making them is actually pretty easy–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 I set candle wicks using stuff from my junk drawer. No extra candle-making supplies necessary.


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  • Wicks (I have this kind)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Clothes pins or medium-sized binder clips
  • Tape
  • Paper towel
  • Melted wax for your candle (see this post for the mixture of beeswax and coconut oil I use)

How to Set Candle Wicks

Here’s how I set candle wicks:

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Step #1: I cut my wicks 3-4 inches longer than I’d like the finished product to be. I use the extra length to stabilize the wicks.

Step #2: (I have a paper towel handy.) I dip each wick into the melted wax so that the wax covers about 75% of the wick. The  I use my fingers to gently smooth out the wax from the wick’s top to its bottom. As the wax hardens, the wick should become perfectly straight.

Step #3: I wrap the wicks around the pen enough times so that, when the pen is resting on top of the candle container, the bottom of the wicks barely touch the bottom of the container. Then clip the wicks in place using a clothes pin or medium-sized binder clip.

How to Set Candle Wicks

Step #4: I set the pen on top of the candle container and use a few pieces of tape to secure the pen in place.

Step #5: Then I pour about a 1/2-1 inch of melted wax into the candle container and let solidify for 10-15 minutes. The wicks should now be set.

How to Set Candle Wicks

How to Set Candle Wicks

I leave the wick-holding apparatus in place as I pour the rest of the wax in. Then, when I’m done and the candle wax has set, I clip the wicks.

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