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Use a clothes pin to hold the candle wick in place

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Hack 37:Use a clothes pin to hold the candle wick in place. Simple grab the tip of the wick with a clothespin, and hold onto it with one hand while you gently pour the wax in with your other hand. This keeps your hands up and out of the way of the hot wax while you pour, but it also puts you in complete control over where the wick sits.Though losing your wick in a pile of wax is one of the most frustrating things that can happen, it only takes a bit of practice before you develop a technique...

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Invest in a wick holder to keep your wick in place

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Hack 36:Invest in a wick holder to keep your wick in place. Yes, the candle makers have thought of everything, and you can purchase a wick holder to keep your wick centered and standing tall when you pour your wax in place. These either sit above the top of the jar and clasp the wick, or they can be centered over the jar as with the chop sticks.Once the wax is ready you are going to pour it into the jar, then check carefully to ensure the wick is in place. Slide it to where it needs to be, then...

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Using sticks to center your wick

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Chapter 14 – Creating the Perfect CandleYou’ve followed all the directions, you’ve gotten your wax up to temperature, you’ve put in your scent, and you have slowly watched it come back down to the right temperature.It’s time to transfer the wax to your jar, and the unthinkable happens. When you pour your wax into the jar, the wick falls, and is buried. Of course the wax is too hot for you to fish it back out, but you can’t burn your candle without it.Or, you pour your wax into your jar, and you see your wick slide over to the...

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The braid of the wick has a direct impact on the flame

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Hack 33: The braid of the wick has a direct impact on the flame. Wicks are twisted and braided together. They are made from individual threads, dipped in wax, and assembled, which is why they burn so easily. However, it’s important to choose the right wick for how you want your candle to burn.Thick wicks are often braided using many threads, and the resulting flame is large, but tends to burn quickly. Thinner wicks can be made with as few as 3 threads, but they tend to burn much more slowly than the larger counterparts.As a general rule, if you...

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Choose the right wick for your candle

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Chapter 13 – Feel the Burn: FlamesWhen you’re making your candles, there is a lot of focus on the scent, wax, and wicks, but there is little though given to the flame. Yes, fire is the magic that makes it all happen, but there’s more to it than simply lighting the wick and letting it burn.As the candle maker, you have a lot of influence over the final outcome of the candle, including the kind of flame the candle will emit. Few people realize that the size and even shape of the flame are based on the wick used – not just...

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