Candle wicks are the braided thread that burns up to lighten the candle. As soon as you burn it, the candle will start melting, and the flame will brighten the surrounding area.
To properly spread the light all around the room, you need a wick with an appropriate length. Sometimes, when the candle melts only in the center area while leaving the sides solid, you end up with a shortened wick. A short wick leads to limited light, causing a darker surrounding making the candle useless.
But you don’t need to throw a candle just because it has a shorter wick. You can make candle wicks at your home without any struggle.
Don’t know how to make a candle wick at home? Don’t worry! It is not a difficult task to make wicks for candles on your own. However, you need to follow the proper procedure to get a DIY candle wick that works.
Just follow these 7 simple steps to make a candle wick if you lost one in your candle.
Step 1. Take a String to Prepare a Wick
First of all, decide how much thickness you want to keep for the wick. If you think your string is already thick enough, just measure it according to the candle size and cut it with a scissor.
If you want to make a wick for a big candle, you may need multiple layers of strings to make it thicker. For this purpose, simply cut two or three pieces of string, all equal in length. Then join them and twist them to make a strong wick properly. Tie both the ends to keep it tight. You can do it similar to the braid.
Remember, you need a wick longer than a candle, so measure it accordingly. However, you can keep it as long as you want, as you can trim it later to get the required length.
Step 2. Soak the String in the Borax Solution
Take a small pan and place it on the flame. Add some water to it and allow it to heat. Before it starts to get boiled, take it off the flame and pour it into a container.
Now add some salt and borax in hot water and stir it until it gets dissolved. Then dip the string in the borax solution and make sure it gets completely soaked in it. After several hours, take it out and hang it to let it dry for a day or two.
Using borax in the candle wicks causes the wick to last longer. Furthermore, it results in a brighter flame and causes less smoke to produce while burning.
However, it is not mandatory to use borax to make wicks for candles. You can also choose to proceed without borax with no worries at all.
Step 3. Melt Some Wax in a Pan
Take a large pan, place it on the flame and add some water to it. Then place a smaller pan, a bowl, or a metal can at the top of the pan. Make sure you have plenty of space between the water and the pot at the top. Then allow water to get heated, but don’t let it get boiled.
Now add some wax into the upper pot and stir it continuously until all the wax gets melted. You can also use an old candle to reuse it. However, break it into smaller pieces before adding it into the pot. Doing so will speed up the melting process.
Step 4. Dip the String in the Melted Wax
Now dip the string in the melted wax and make sure it gets completely soaked. Then take it out after a minute or two and let it cool down.
Step 5. Let the String Get Dry
Once you take the string out from the melted wax, hang it and let it dry to allow the wax to get hard. It will not take too much time.
Don’t forget to straighten the string before it gets dry and hard. You need to do so as soon as it starts to cool down. Doing so will make sure you will get a completely straight wick when ready.
Step 6. Repeat the Steps to Get a Thicker Coat
Now your candle wick is ready to use. However, if you want to get a thicker coat of wax on it, again dip it in the melted wax and follow the same procedure until it dries completely.
Step 7. Use the Wick for a Candle as Desired
Once the wick gets completely dried, it is ready to get used for a candle.
Once you fire it, heat will spread itself throughout the wick under the flame. It causes the candle to get melt, and the wick will keep floating on the surface.