Thursday, January 14, 2010
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Candlemakers say that the most important part of a candle is the wick. About 80% of wicks are made of cotton or a cotton paper blend. For longer burning time, a candle will have a tightly knitted or braided wick, which draws the liquid wax up to the flame slowly. Loosely twisted wicks, such as those in birthday candles, burn more quickly than braided ones. You can also buy candles with self-trimming wicks, which curl into the flame as the candle burns down.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains (1/2 inch if in a container). And please use a candle snifter if possible. If not, hold your hand behind the flame and then blow gently. That will help stop candle wax from blowing also. Of course, you'll have a mat underneath......... but don't do it.