How to make your own wicks for candles

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

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

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

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

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.

Store wicks rolled up in a newspaper.

Tip

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.

Warning

Add only one chemical for color variation.

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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