Which Wick?

I’ve been meaning to write this post for about 8 months now…typical of me. It’s a learning experience post, mostly for my own reference for the next time I try to make a container candle. So I made two identical beeswax candles in two almost identical containers with two different wicks, to see how I need to wick these types of candles from now on. I am in no way good at making candles, or claim to have any idea what I’m doing. It’s just fun and I enjoy a handmade end product! If you’re interested in candle making and/or reading about someone’s struggles, read on!

For these candles, I used my giant block of beeswax from Stony Plain, reused glass containers from some Bath and Body Works candles, and wicks from BC’s Wicks and Wax. Wicks and Wax are amazing because they’re Canadian, affordable, and the staff are super helpful. Here I wicked one candle (clear container) with HTP126 and one (brown container) with HTP1212. The length (4″ or 6″) doesn’t matter much because I trimmed them both to the same height. HTP wicks are best for beeswax based candles, and they’re pre tabbed which is great because I’m lazy.

I wicked them both with three wicks due to the diameter of the container. I melted the beeswax with coconut oil in my Lil Dipper crockpot. Value Village steal for $5! It heats up to the perfect temperature, it only has one setting and it will never burn the beeswax. Then I poured both of them. I stop the wicks from falling over with chopsticks or skewers. They cracked, as all my candles do. Ignore that, I can’t figure out how to make it stop cracking. I’ve tried everything. And then I forgot about them for about three months on a shelf! So I just started burning them recently. I burnt them for the same amount of time on both. They both started kinda tunnelling, the wax pool wasn’t reaching the edges on the first burn. The second burn went better, it went fully to the edges on both, but the depth of the pool was different.

I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to candles, but I think the depth of the pool in the clear container with the HTP 126 is more proper than the HTP 1212 in the brown. Therefore when I make more of these candles for gifts and other people, I’ll use the HTP 126 wicks; whereas I’ll use the rest of the HTP 1212’s on candles I’ll keep at home for myself.

If you’re interested in candle making, I’d highly recommend supporting Wicks and Wax! They have everything you need and also offer these incredibly helpful instruction booklets for reference.

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