Wick Centering Tools And Gadgets
Wicks need to be centered in candles to ensure an even burn right down to the base. If a wick is lopsided, then container candles will splutter and soot as the wick gets closer to the container walls, in moulded candles the wax will probably break the wall and pour hot wax onto the base holder.
Centering wicks can be done by eye, but it's much easier with the handy little tools that are now available on the market. They range from the fool-proof cross bar plastic centering tools to something as simple as two pieces of wooden skewers or even a lollipop stick with a hole drilled in the center. Whichever method you choose, you can walk safe in the knowledge that your wick is both centered and taut as the wax hardens.
Plastic Cross Bar Centering Tool
Just the ticket if you don't want to leave anything to chance. This handy little tool comes in 3 different diameters: 70, 75 and 80mm. These sizes cover most standard jars and you simply thread your wick through the center hole, fix your wick assembly to the base of the container and clip the centering tool onto the top of the jar. The wick can be held taut by using the integral retaining clips.
Automatic Votive Wick Pins
Another fool-proof way of getting your wick centered in votive candles is to use the metal automatic wick pin. These clever little gadgets act as a 'place holder'. They fit snugly into the base of a metal votive candle mould, the wax is poured, and once hardened the candle is turned out of the mould. The metal automatic wick pin is removed leaving a perfectly aligned hole to push some pre-waxed, pre-assembled wick assemblies. Quick and very easy with perfect results!
Wick pins are like large needles - they have a very sharp pointed end! Once the wick assembly is anchored to the base of the container, or threaded through the wick hole in candle moulds, the wick can be pulled taut. Rest the wick pin on the rim of the mould or container and push it straight across to the other side, piercing the wick with the sharp point as you go. You now have the wick nice and taut and the pin can be rested on the lip of the container or mould with the wick in a central position.
Quick and easy to make, and cheap as chips to boot. The wooden skewers you can buy for barbecuing food make lovely wick supports with a little modification. Cut the skewers into lengths approx 2inches longer than the diameter of your container or mould. Lie two pieces next to each other and fasten both pieces together at the ends with elastic bands. Anchor your wick assembly, or wick-up your mould. The skewers or dowel are flexible enough for you to part them in the center enough to pop your wick through. Rest the skewers on the lip of the container or mould making sure your wick is taut and central.
Wooden Lollipop Sticks
Strangely enough, these make wonderful wick supporting and centering gadgets. Just drill a small hole in the center of a wooden lollipop stick, making sure it's large enough to take your thickest wick. Thread the wick through the hole in the center, pull it taut and then blu-tack the excess wick onto the lolly stick, rest the stick on the rim of the container or mould.