How to make a candle with multiple wicks

A candle with multiple wicks can be an attractive centerpiece at a festive dinner or can add a little flair to a bare mantel. These candles can be easily made to fit any space and in just about any color of wax.

To start, decide on the wax that will be used. At most large arts and crafts stores, wax can be purchased in bulk blocks for candle making and making moldings of sculptures.
A heavy cotton butcher’s twine works well for wicks. Have a few metal nuts or washers on hand to weight down the wicks. Also, an old cooking pot that is sufficient enough in size to meet the amount of wax you need is a must. Don’t use a nice pot; it will be hard to clean after melting the wax.

Next, decide how you want your candle to look. The easiest option is to make your candle in a container. Many art supply stores or florists have nice, cheaply priced glass bowls or jars in a number of colors. Also, the garden section of your local department store might have some nice planters that will be appealing. Long narrow terra cotta or pottery window planters, in particular, make nice containers for mantel candles.

After a container has been picked, the candle will be easy to make. First, decide how the wicks should be laid out. For a long, narrow candle, stack books on either side of your container and lay a ruler or dowel on the books, suspended over the container. Next, cut as many wicks as are desired from the butcher’s twine. Tie one end of the wick to the ruler and tie a washer on the end of each wick so that they will hang straight after the wax is poured in. The wicks should hang about three quarters of an inch from the bottom of the container. When the wicks are arranged properly, it is time to pour the wax.

First, melt the wax one block at a time on a stove at a low heat. The wax should become liquid, but should not boil. As one block melts, add another. The newly added, non-molten material will help to keep the temperature down. Also, stirring thoroughly will help to keep it from boiling. When all the needed wax has melted, pour it slowly into the container, trying to avoid splashing any wax on the rim. Any wax splashed on the lip of the container could discolor it and distract from the candle’s overall appearance. Let the wax cool thoroughly before trimming the wicks and using the candle.

Another option instead of using a colored wax is to use a clear wax for the body of your candle. This would allow for interesting and attractive additions to the candle, like shells, bundled herbs, or even glitter to add a bit of sparkle. Or if you would prefer the entire candle to be made completely of wax, try cutting out pieces of colored wax in basic shapes and adding them to the clear wax as it cools.

For an ornamental multi-wicked candlestick, dip lengths of butcher’s twine into pots of molten wax of different colors a few times until the twine is not visible. When they are thick enough, cut the wicks and braid them together from the bottom to top while the wax is still warm. Allow the wax to fully cool before using the candle.

Multi-wicked handmade candles make interesting decorations for your own home or highly personalized gifts for friends. Use your imagination and have fun!

Multi-wicked handmade candles

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