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How Candle Wicks Are Made

There are many different types of candle wick but at the core of each one is raw wick. The term raw wick is used to describe the woven fibers of a wick that does not have any wax coating or tabs added to it.It is the raw wick that actually carries out the work of burning the candle. Raw wicks can be used by themselves but candle makers find that by adding tabs and wax coatings helps to make the candle making process much easier.

The very first process of making a candle wick assembly is to prime the raw wick with a wax coating. This is now done mechanically by a wax coating machine and the wick is pulled through a pool of  melted coating wax. If you want a thicker wick it is pulled through the wax pool several times until it has achieved the desired wax thickness. 

The reason that a wick has a coating added to it is to make it more rigid which makes it much easier to use when you are making container candles. A good wick coating wax should be hard but it must also still be pliable, and it is very important that it has a high melting point. 

Wick makers can use various types and blends of wax when they are coating their wicks and these do not affect the quality of the wick. 

Scents Soaps and Candles have tested many different candle wicks and have now narrowed down the wicks that we use to what we regard as the best performing wicks. Any time a new wick comes out we will test it and if it passes our rigorous standards, we will then add it to the candle wicks that we sell. We like the TCR series wick as well as the Wedo Eco wick.

Once the coating process of the spools is complete, the spools are then cut to the required size and a sustainer tab is then fastened to the end of the wick. The tab is used to secure the wick to the bottom of your candle container and it also extinguishes the wick before it can burn right down to the bottom of the container.