Choosing the right wick size is an important part of candle making. Here are some guidelines to help you:
First, decide on the type of wax you're going to use, as different waxes require different types of wick.
Next, determine the diameter of the container. Interestingly, the height of the candle does not affect the wick size. If you are using a container that we carry, you can find the diameter of the container on the jar product page under the properties section. If you have a container with varying widths measure the widest and narrowest and use an average for the diameter. Our Wick Guide will give you a suggestion for a place to start.
Then, consider the amount of color and fragrance oil you will use. Dark, highly fragranced candles often need a larger wick.
Finally, test burn your candles and take notes so you can make adjustments to wick size as needed. The wick series sampler or the 12 pc bags of wick are a cost-effective way for you to try some different sized wicks to get the desired results.
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