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can oil lamp wicks, be used in homemade candles, cut down to the right size for a candle??? thanks? Answered


cut down to 1/8 OD by 8 inches long???

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orksecurity (author)2011-05-09

Just about any piece of natural-fiber string can be used as a candle wick. Cotton works well. I wouldn't bother with damaging a lamp wick.

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RachelDLS (author)orksecurity2016-11-14

Does anyone know where I can find Organic cotton wicks for lamps?

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Nate Cougill (author)2011-05-14

Yes. Any natural fiber, just soak it in melted wax to prime it, and you're set.

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Vyger (author)2011-05-09

There is a special wick material that you can get. It has a metal core or wire in it that helps to keep the wick from flopping over. But any cord or string will work. I would go with cotton or some kind of jute. Nylon will melt as will many other synthetics.

An interesting idea, I should try it, a thin copper wire wrapped around the cord would cause the flame to burn green/blue. I love what copper can do to a fires flame. I wonder how long it would last in a candle and how pronounced the effects would be. Something new to try!

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orksecurity (author)Vyger2011-05-10

Given how well copper conducts heat, that might have unexpected side effects. Or might not, depending on how quickly that heat is lost to the wax.

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diyoutdoorsman (author)2011-05-10

Yes, you could use lamp wicks for candle wicks, but you might be better off using just plain cotton twine. Cotton kitchen twine like you would use to truss a chicken or tie up a rolled roast would work just fine.

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