Wicking a candle jar has stumped many over the centuries. It is probably one of the most controversial and talked about processes when you start on your candle making journey.
We are going to take a few minutes to talk about what ways people have wicked candles in the past and what ways we have found that we prefer.
This is something you definitely want to pay attention to and it's something that over time you will find which ones you like and which ones you don't. Trial and error are essential in candle making and it is no difference when it comes to wicking a jar. You will want to pay attention to this part of the process because if your Wick is not stuck to the bottom of the jar, you run the risk of that Wick sliding to the side of the glass and creating a real fire hazard.
Let’s jump into some of the ways we have seen people wick their jars on social media or
You Tube videos. While these look like they should work we have come to see some real flaws in the first few.
The First video that I saw on YouTube after I started making candles was a person just dropping the wick right down to the center of the candle. It wasn't adhered to the bottom so they just literally dropped it straight down in there and then poured the wax on top. Just to note that looks like a pretty solid idea thinking that the wax will keep it straight and adhere it to the bottom when the wax hardens. And while probably that first three quarters of the candle that's not a problem, as that candle starts to burn the candle is going to have a problem when it gets down to about 25 percent left. When that last ¼ starts to become a melt pool with your wick, it will curl to the side or the wick will completely fall over. The flame will either extinguish itself or it could slide all the way to the side of the glass and then just burn right at the side of that glass. While most glass will withstand some pretty good heat, if it's directly next to it, you run the risk of melting the glass. When glass gets extremely hot it will crack or shatter which is of course going to create a huge fire hazard. You want to make sure you always have your wick adhered to the bottom with an adhesive.
Another one that I saw very early on was somebody was using melted wax to adhere their wick to their jar. Now again I'm sure you can probably see why this isn't going to work, because that melted wax although it's sticking right now, as you pour the wax in and you have a wick holder in place it will set once cooled. The problem is like the first example in that once you get to ¼ left of the candle that wax you used to adhere the wick will also start to melt and cause the wick to move to the side of the glass or float completely.
The next method that a lot of people use is going to be the basic pre sticky Wick tab stickers. You can purchase these from any Candle supply website: Lonestar, Aztec, Candle science. They are relatively cheap and they work really well for the most part. The one thing that you will run into with these is, that once the candle gets down to the end there is a margin of failure. This is because their adhesive is a pre tabbed glue dot and is not meant to be permanent. They come typically in rolls of 1000 or so. What I have noticed is that there is a failure rate of about 3 or so out of 20 that pop off of the glass.. And of course when you're selling candles you want them to be perfect all the way through the entire burn for the customer. Even if you're burning candles for yourself or just to give to family, you don't want to give a candle to somebody that's not going to work correctly.
Hot Glue: This is definitely better than wick stickers. There are actually quite a lot of people who use this method. There are 2 different types of hot glue people can choose from. One I don't recommend and one I do. The first is going to be your typical hot glue you can purchase from Wal-Mart or a craft store. It is a regular hot glue stick. While these typically work fine, we have done testing in the past where these have also failed. The failure rate is much lower than the ones listed above and some people swear by it being sufficient. Where your failure rate may be only 2 out of 50 that is still more of a risk than some people are willing to make. The second type of Hot glue is going to be your specialty hot glue like Gorilla Hot Glue or a Glue that has some extra adhesive added to the hot glue to make it more resistant to pressure. These are a great choice for many and I personally use Hot glue at times for my own candle line.
The final one we are going to talk about is the RTV. This is going to be your strongest and most durable adhesive. You have heard us talk about it before. RTV is basically a Gasket Glue. This adhesive is going to be your strongest adhesive and it will not move. It will not be a good option for anyone who wants to reuse a jar for any reason whether for an exchange program or personal use. You will not be able to remove the wick and clean and replace with this adhesive. But you also won't ever have an issue with your wick moving around. We have used it and never had a problem with it coming off. You can pull on it, use a variety of wick holders and it just won't budge.
I hope these different wick tips help you in deciding which wick holding solution will work best for your candle making.
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