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Multi wicked candles provide a magnificent ambience creating an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. If you have ever thought of crafting your own but weren’t sure where to begin, below is a quick breakdown of the principles that need to be followed to ensure your final product is a success and remains within the safety guidelines.
Due to a wider diameter, multi wicked candles need a longer burn time than the general 4-hour time frame. Jars comprising of a diameter exceeding 10cm may not produce the desired liquid layer in its entirety on the surface bearing only one wick, within abovementioned time frame. And that’s where multi wicking comes into play.
Multi wicked candles provide a full burn utilizing the entire wax, therefore making wick placement and size extremely important. Overcrowding your wicks can cause them to overheat and generate a flame that burns too hot, leaving you with a “mushroomed” wick and a dramatically reduced scent throw. Not just limited to jars – large oval, rectangular or square shaped candles may also call for more than one wick.
Number of Wicks and Placement
Wicks need to be equally spaced, the same size and clear from the sides of the jar. Following these guidelines will see to it that your wicks deliver an even burn. When it comes to determining the number of wicks to use, please refer to table below.
- Diameter <7.5cm = single wick
- Diameter >7.5cm but <10cm = double wick
- Diameter >10cm but <12cm = triple wick
A round multi wicked candle requires wicks to be placed evenly in a triangular formation in the centre, and 2.5cm apart. If you are creating a round double wicked candle, the wicks are to be placed 2.5cm apart and in the centre.
This formula is handy for determining what size wicks you will need.
D/NW=X+0.5cm = WICK SIZE
NW (number of wicks)