7 - Wiek keuze

7 - Wick choice

Choosing the right wick as a novice candle maker is not always self-evident. Every experienced candle maker still struggles with this problem sometimes. There are several factors when making candles that play a role in making the desired candle.
Wicks, wick or also called wick, are made of cotton, at least the better quality wick.

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Wick for indoor candlesWaxed wicks with foot for containerOutside wick, wick, garden candles
Types of wicks:
  • Flat wick, reinforced: used for multiple applications in candle making. Can be used with pouring and immersion candles.
  • Waxed wick: especially applicable for candles in glass and jars.
  • Outdoor wick : The thicker wick can only be used outdoors. Due to the size of the wick, the candle will be difficult to extinguish, even with higher wind gusts such as 6 Beaufort, which our wicks have been tested for.
Factors that determine the right blade:
  • Cross section (Ø candle)
  • Paraffin used
  • Shape of the candle
  • Extra additives such as dyes and fragrances.

Many factors must lead to that one 'right' wick or wick for your candle(s).

Below is an overview of problem candles with associated explanations and solutions:

Candle smokes and gives off smoke.
Cause: The emission of smoke (smoke) may indicate that the blade is too large. Another reason may be that the wick is twisted in the candle.

Solution: use a thinner fuse. When tensioning the wick, pay extra attention to whether the wick is not twisted.

Extinguishing or expiring candles due to too thin a wick
Cause: The candle is running or also called dripping. The blade was probably chosen too small. Extinguishing during burning will also be a consequence.

Solution : Choose a thicker wick. Is the candle upright? Drafts can also be a reason for dripping. This mainly occurs with immersion candles that are dipped irregularly.

Too many additives to candles.
Cause: When the candle is burning, the flame remains exceptionally small. This may be due to the additions of dye, fragrance, impure (reused) paraffin used. The candle tries to process paraffin, but due to an abundance of additives, the candle burns on a small burner.

Solution: Use a larger wick. Adjust the additives such as coloring or fragrance.

Twisted or blemished candle
Cause: Irregular burning of the wick. The cause may be an excessive presence of impurities.

Solution : Use paraffin from European distributors who adhere to the guidelines of recognized compositions. The wick can also be rotated in the candle, as mentioned earlier.

White deposit at the end of the blade.

Cause: White ash discharge around the end of the wick. The reason may be due to excessive impurity in the candle.

Solution: Use clean products for indoor candles and apply the wick as previously mentioned.

Article. Application

Flat blade, reinforced.

Wick 3 x 4 Immersion candles ø 10-20 mm - Casting molds ø up to 20 mm
Wick 3 x 6 Immersion candles ø 10-25 mm - Casting molds ø up to 30 mm
Wick 3 x 8 Immersion candles ø 25-38 mm - Casting molds ø up to 40-65 mm
Pit 3 x 10 Immersion candles ø 40-50 mm - Casting molds ø up to 60-80 mm
Pit 3 x 12 - Casting molds ø up to 80-90 mm
Pit 3 x 14 - Casting molds ø up to 90-100 mm
Pit 3 x 16 - Casting molds ø up to 90-110 mm
Pit 3 x 18 - Casting molds ø up to 100-120 mm

Multi-purpose immersion candles Ø 10-50 mm - Casting molds Ø up to 50 mm

A candle is determined by the wick (diameter) and the contents of the candle. The specified diameters are only indicative of the intended end product. Making a test candle before final production is recommended.

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Wax wicks

Fluorescent wax wick, floating candles and tea lights (3.5cm)
Fluorescent wax wick, molds and pots ø 4 - 6 cm (7-10-15-20cm)
Fluorescent wax wick, molds and pots ø 5 - 7 cm (7cm)
Fluorescent wax wick, molds and pots ø 6 - 8 cm (10-15-20cm)
Fluorescent wax wick, molds and pots ø 8 - 10 cm (10-15-20cm)

3.5cm - 7cm - 10cm - 15cm - 20cm

Wax wicks are of a self-chosen length and are provided with a layer of wax and a metal wick base.
Ideal for making tea lights or filling glasses and jars.

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Outdoor seeds

Outer wick 2mm for small outdoor candles
Outdoor wick 3mm flares + pots up to 9 cm
Outdoor wick 4mm pots up to 15 cm
Outdoor wick 5mm pots up to 18 cm
Outdoor wick 7mm pots > 18 cm
Outdoor wick 9mm pots > 25cm

Outdoor wicks are constructed to absorb gusts of wind as they burn and remain lit. They have sufficient capacity to burn large candles properly.

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