Candle wicks can get broken. However, not everyone knows how to save a candle in a broken wick. Lucky for you, this article will teach you how to save a candle in a broken wick!
Things you will need
– Candle (preferably with the wick still intact)
– Stove or microwave (choose one)
If the wick is already too short for you to light, skip straight to Step Two. If not, grab your lighter and run the flame over the end of the wick until it lights. Blow out the flame quickly to prevent fumes from burning/exploding.
Place candle onto stovetop burner or on top of tinfoil in a microwave oven. Turn on low heat for about thirty seconds, then remove carefully with oven mitts or pot holders so as not to burn yourself.
Poke the wick with a skewer or other long object. This should be done gently so as not to break the glass jar holding the melted wax. If this does happen, place the candle in the freezer for about ten minutes, then hurry up and use it before it melts!
Cover the top of the jar with tinfoil. Blow out any sparks or flames on top of the wick – do NOT blow inside the jar! Put back onto stovetop burner/microwave oven for another thirty seconds to one minute. Remove carefully so you don’t get burned by the hot glass or spilled wax.
Repeat step four several times until the wick is sturdy enough to burn. Light wick with lighter or candle match. Enjoy your saved candle!
Can you fix a broken wick?
Yes, you can fix a broken wick. All you need is to follow the procedure in this article.
Is there a trick to save a candle in a broken wick?
Yes, you can wrap the wick around a skewer and then melt it with low heat until it is sturdy enough to be lit. Read on for more info on how to save a candle in a broken wick!
Steps on How to Fix a Broken Wick
When fixing a broken wick, you should follow the steps below. Ensure you put on oven mitts before starting these steps because the glass jar might be hot.
Step 1: Place the candle in a freezer for ten minutes if you want to save it. If it is already broken, move on to cutting off the extra wick. After that, cover the top of the jar with tin foil and poke it with a skewer or other long object.
Step 2: Turn on low heat for about thirty seconds then remove carefully with oven mitts or pot holders so as not to burn yourself. Then place the jar onto the stovetop burner or microwave oven over low heat again but this time for another thirty seconds to one minute. Remove carefully once again so you don’t burn yourself.
Step 3: Repeat step two until the wick is sturdy enough to light. Once done, use a lighter or candle match to ignite the wick. Enjoy your saved candle!
How to Make a New Candle Wick
If your candle wick is far from being saved, then making a new one can be an option. While you can buy a candle wick from the department store, making one makes it more special and fun. Here are the steps in how to make a new candle wick:
Things you will need
- Candle wick strip
Step 1: Cut at least 6 inches of candle wick. Be practical in this step because the whole wick must fit into your jar or container. It also depends on the size of your container – you may have to cut it longer if it gets difficult to burn your intended candle with a small wick.
Step 2: Fold the candle wick exactly in half so that both ends are even in length. Make sure you don’t curve it in any way when folding, otherwise it won’t work well after melting and shaping it.
Step 3: Cut one side only of the folded edge obviously leaving one uncut side. You can cut off about one centimeter or even more if you want a thicker candle wick.
Step 4: Unfold the whole strip and position it so that the uncut side is at the bottom and fold in half again just like what you did in step two. Make sure to use your ruler for this step. Measuring using your ruler will ensure that both ends of the folded edge are equal especially when both sides were cut before folding them up.
Step 5: Cut one side only but do not cut too much because you don’t want a very thick candlewick. Fold in half once more making sure both sides are together while doing this step, leaving an uncut end on the other side.
This time around, you only need to cut half of the whole strip because it has already been folded. Count how many times you’ve cut and unfolded the candle wick so far to know what part you should cut off this time around.
Step 6: Cut off any excess and unfold your new and improved candle wick! Light your created candlewick with a lighter or match and witness its magic work in lighting up for an even glow that can surely brighten up your room just like when using store-bought candles.
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