How to Make Your Own Wicks for Candles

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    Candle making is a popular crafting activity. They make fun and unique gifts, are customizable and give of lovely scents when lit. Many crafters create their own candles but wicks are often purchased at a hobby store. For a completely handmade candle, use just a few steps and simple materials.

    Things You'll Need

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

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    Dissolve two tablespoons of table salt and four tablespoons of borax in 1-1/2 cups of 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.

    • Add one teaspoon 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.