How to Use String for Candle Making

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While many candle makers opt to use candlewicks made from special stringing material, you can also make candles using basic string or twine. Because of the nature of a wick in a candle, you must ensure the string has a protective coating around it to withstand the candle flame. Coat the string with a special solution prior to using it as a candlewick and you will be ready to make homemade candles.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton string
  • Scissors
  • Salt
  • Borax
  • Bowl
  • Candle wax
  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Microwave oven
  • Tweezers
  • Cut two lengths of cotton string approximately 3 inches longer than the length of wick you need for your candle.

  • Twist the two lengths of string tightly together to make them into one length of string.

  • Measure and pour 1 cup of warm water into the bowl. Add 2 tbsp. of salt and 2 tbsp. of borax to the water and stir well to combine the ingredients.

  • Place the string into the mixture in the bowl and push the string beneath the surface of the water.

  • Soak the string in the water for approximately 15 minutes.

  • Remove the string from the water and allow it to drip any excess mixture back into the bowl for about one minute.

  • Hang the string in a warm location until it dries completely. It may take up to five days for the string to dry sufficiently.

  • Melt basic candle wax in a microwave-safe dish until it liquefies.

  • Submerge the dried candlewick into the melted wax and leave it in the wax for two to three minutes.

  • Remove the wick from the wax using a tweezers. Pull the wax taut between your two hands and lay it down onto a flat surface to enable the wax to harden and dry around the string. When the wax dries, the candlewick is ready to use in a poured or dipped candle.

References

  • Photo Credit candle 2 image by Anton Chernenko from Fotolia.com
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