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Steps on how to make your own waxed wick for use with candles, flower pot heaters, tapers or anything that requires a wick.

Step 1:

Melt some candle wax- here I have used large tea lights from Ikea- take them out of their metal casings first. Have the heat hot enough just to liquefy the wax and no more.

Step 2:

Add a meter or so of ordinary household string- must be cotton or at least a natural material.

Step 3:

After two or three minutes the string should have soak up the wax- remove and hold it high to hang so the wax cools and hardens. Be careful you don't drip hot wax on yourself!

Step 4:

Lay your waxed string down, it will continue to harden as it cools and you should be able to hold it without it bending- see photo.

Step 5:

Using either an old tea light wick holder or a home made one- (instructions coming soon!) insert the wick into your holder.

If using an old tea light one use a sharp pointed tool to widen the hole, once the wick is through the hole use pliers to clamp it so the wick stays in place. Thinner string works better if using old tea light holders.

Step 6:

Tea light burns using homemade wick and rapeseed oil- works out at 1p a tea light.
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Bendaroos work great too
<p>I read on an other instructable to salt your wick so it lasts longer.</p><p>Add some salt to water, then soak then dry. I have not tried it but have always </p><p>remembered this little trick. It's little tricks like this that can make a good job better.</p>
Thanks for the tip :)
What about yarn?
Worth a try- generally the smoother the fibres the easier the oil/wax will wick- ie be pulled up- for that reason rough fibres like hemp and flax don't always make good wicks but try and, let me know how it goes :)
So simple! I've saved wax, but wicks were always an issue. Thank you!
You're welcome! I keep seeing clever ideas on this site so I will be tweaking designs etc <br>I have used thin strands of Vilda mops as wicking- it worked really well but you don't need to have much above the wax/oil. I've only used them with oil so far (the mop strands) and they soak it up well then burn really well. I have so many instructables I want to do!

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