Candle Making Newsletter
the En-light-ener, Candlewic's newsletter for the candle making community.
As always, we thank everyone who has taken the time to read our En-Light-ener
now in its third year of publication. During that time we have covered
a wide range of topics and always encourage you to review these past
issues. They are always full of informative and useful information. Looking
for a new project? Check out the November
2001 issue where we show you how to make the ever-popular chunk candle
or the March 2002 issue where
we outline each of the gels. It doesn't matter if you are making paraffin
candles, natural candles or gel candles, the En-Light-ener can be a great
of your level of experience in candle making, you still might
ask, "Am I using the right wick?" Even veteran
candle makers evaluate this question from time to time.
candle's wick is the pipeline that feeds the melted
wax vapor to the flame by capillary action.
The "performance" of
the candle will be greatly influenced by your ability to
select the proper wick for each type of candle that you
make. The wick will influence the burn time of the candle,
scent throw and "sooting" or smoking during the
candle’s life. As we have stated many times, there
is not one perfect wick that will work for each and every
application. The right wick is dependent on many factors
including the wax type, scent added, color, burn time,
type of candle and even the maintenance.
When choosing a wick, there are some important criteria to follow. You
should strive to achieve
consistent flame size
moderate temperature of the container
or no blooming (carbon deposits)
well-formed wax pool with no dripping
glow after the candle has been extinguished
offers many standard wick
assemblies and broad selection of spooled wicking.
issue any candle maker has is where to start when choosing
the proper wick. In today’s marketplace the possibilities
are endless and can be overwhelming at times. One of
the most popular wicks for container and votive candles
has been the zinc core wick. The zinc core has always
offered rigidity in the "hot pour" process.
But the down side is that zinc is very prone to mushrooming
and carbon deposits. The zinc core can also be confused
with the lead core wicks due to the metal in the middle
of the wick. NOTE: There is ban on lead core wick in
the United States.
selecting alternatives to the zinc core, some popular choices
include the RRD wicks (Round wicks), HTP wicks, LX and
CD. In summary these wicks feature the following:
a round directional wick with a cotton core and tension
threads. It has been designed for optimal burn in solid-colored,
scented votives and containers.
HTP--Are otherwise known as high-tension
paper wicks. These wicks have a paper core wound
into the wick to offer rigidity. These wicks are
specially designed for use in votives and containers.
CD--Also have a paper core
wound into the wick and are very well suited
for votives and containers.
LX--is a flat braided wick
with stabilized threats to help the wick "curl" during
the burning process. These wicks will work
in votives, containers and pillars.
type of wick brings something different to the candle in
terms of performance. It must also be noted there are many
other wicks that perform very well. The wicks in the list
above have been featured since they are requested most
often. Other wicks to consider include the TL Series, PK
and even hemp wicks. The flat braided wicks have always
been popular for pillars and tapers. The standard 24 Ply
and 27 Ply have always been popular in 2-3" pillars.
the proper wick can be a daunting experience to even the
most experienced candle makers. The expert staff at Candlewic
is committed to assisting you in this selection process.
Any time you place an order with Candlewic, you may request
wick samples to assist you in selecting the proper wick
for your application.
Wick Builder at Candlewic.com makes it easy to get
the exact wick you need for any type of candle production.
of my favorite job duties is searching out, testing and
introducing new products to the Candle Making Community.
One of the newest products that we have launched will help
you center wicks in jars of any size and also will allow
you to use a broader selection of wicks. The new, patented "Wick
Stick" is good accessory to use when making containers
of any size.
use the Wick Stick, just use the following instructions:
your wax into the container and wait for it to get to
160 degrees F or until it begins to solidify on the bottom.
your pre-wick assembly into the tube of the Wick Stick
and slide the tube into the container candle. It is very
important to properly center the wick.
the wick assembly properly centered and still inside
the tube, slide the rectangular "block" down
until it is resting on top of the container, making sure
once again that the wick is properly centered.
the candle to cool and shrink.
the wick stick and then top off the candle.
using the Wick Stick, you can ensure the wick will not
get pulled down as the wax shrinks. Also, the wick will
always be centered and it reduces the need to use zinc
core wicks. The important thing to realize is that
if you are not topping off your candle, the Wick Stick
will not work.
used in the right process, the Wick Stick could be a tremendous
asset to your candle production. We are offering this unique
product at a low
introductory price of $1.75 each. Right now, if you
order 10 or more we will give you 1 free!
Blowout Promotion Details!
With your order of $100 or more, you can order up to 7,500 custom or
standard wick assemblies. The price will be adjusted to $10 per 1,000
after the sale. (The sale price will not be reflected in your shopping
CDM06 in the promo code box at checkout.
candle floating in the punch bowl, sink or small
pools can make for a unique lighting effect in any
area. Making a floater in the shape of a rose can
make it extraordinary. The rose is also the "official
flower" for June.
candle can be made very easily using the M-22 Rose
floater. You start by sliding unwaxed wick material
through the bottom of the mold. You will need a "long
pointed" object to force the wick through the
hole. Once the wick is passed through the bottom
of the mold, secure it on top of the mold with a
wick bar. If you don’t have a wick bar, a popsicle
stick will work.
Hint: Leave extra lengths of wick at the
bottom of the mold so when you remove your candle
from the mold, it will be automatically wicked
for your next pour.
then secure the mold together with rubber bands.
Take your paraffin wax, CBL-141,
which can be scented and/or colored and pour at around
180-185 degrees F. Top off the candle. When the candle
has properly solidified, remove it from the mold.
This floating candle will add a very nice accent
to any party.
Pour a number of these roses in red. After
about 4 or 5 pours, pour one in white. The dye, which
can accumulate on the mold, will "bleed" into
the white wax and create a lovely pink color. Other
flowers available in polyurethane molds for floaters
include Daisy and Poinsettia.
Forget About Our Fragrances!
Many, Many More!
go to our all-new Fragrances
Section on our web site to find them all.
recently added a new selection of Floater
Molds and Designer
Shaped Molds in our online catalog. These
molds are the perfect solution when you want to make
truly unique candles.