How to Use String for Candle Making


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.

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