How to make your own wicks for candles

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Candle making is catching on. Here's how to make a wick.

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Things you need

  • Cotton Kite Strings Or Twine
  • Clothespins And Line
  • Table Salt
  • Scissors
  • Old Newspapers
  • Paper And Binder Clips

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  1. 1

    Dissolve 2 tbsp. table salt and 4 tbsp. borax in 1 1/2 c. warm water.

  2. 2

    Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    Hang the string with a clothespin for five days to be sure it is completely dry.

  4. 4

    Use a paper clip to dip the string in melted wax three or four times, coating it completely. Hang it up to dry as before.

  5. 5

    Store wicks rolled up in a newspaper.

Tips and warnings

  • Add 1 tsp. of one of the following chemicals for colored flames: strontium chloride for a brilliant red flame, boric acid for a deep red flame, calcium for a red-orange flame, calcium chloride for a yellow-orange flame, table salt for a bright yellow flame, borax for a yellow-green flame, copper sulfate (blue vitriol/bluestone) for a green flame, calcium chloride for a blue flame, potassium sulfate or potassium nitrate (saltpeter) for a violet flame or Epsom salt for a white flame.
  • Add only one chemical for color variation.

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