Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, Prime Your Wicks! How To Use Unprimed Wick

LX 12 Wicks Cut For Votives
Wick Soaking In Melted Wax

Candle makers, you have probably noticed the savings in buying unprimed, spooled wick versus purchasing the primed and tabbed variety. Wicks are expensive! In this post, I will show you how to prime your wick for candle making. Primed wick is much easier to work with, because it is coated with a stiff wax to keep the wick upright while pouring your candle.

-umprimed wick
-high melt point wax (140 MP or higher)
-wick tabs
Step 1)
Melt the wax for the outer coating using a melting pot or a double boiler, never on direct heat.

Step 2)
Cut the wick into 2 or 3 foot sections and add it to the melted wax. Stir it up and make sure the wick is fully submerged.

Step 3)
Using a tongs or skewer, remove the wick, one strand at a time from the vat of hot wax. Be careful about drips and burns.

Step 4)
Working quickly, straighten the length of wick and let it dry on a piece of tin foil. You will have about 2 minutes to work before it fully hardens.

Step 5)
Trim wick to desired length and assemble the wick base.

Happy candle making! One note about the procedure is that I have decided it is far more economical to buy wicks that are primed and assembled. The cost savings in buying the unprimed wick is overshadowed by the time it takes to prime and assemble the wicks. Some wicks types are only available unprimed, such as the Crafty Candles brand at Hobby Lobby and other specialty wicks.

Removing The Wick
The Wick Is Dried and Straight

Assembling The Wick Base

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