How to Make a Multiple Wick Candle

If you have never made a multiple wick candle, it is simple to do. The resulting candle is quite impressive with its flickering flames and multiplied soft crackling sounds. You’ve mastered the single wick candle and now it’s time to graduate; and we’re here to help. We’ll walk through the benefits and necessary steps to make your very own multiple wick candle here.

Among the many benefits of using a wooden wick over a cotton wick is that you can use up to a 5” diameter candle with only a single wick.  Sometimes you can even use a 6” wick depending on the type of wax. However, occasionally it is necessary to use multiple wicks to achieve a full melt pool and at other times, we simply want the look of multiple wicks. As always, conducting a burn test is necessary to find the correct sized wicks for your vessel, wax, and fragrance blend.

Vessel Width Decides Number of Wicks

To determine a starting point for your testing, decide how many wicks you will be using. Use this guide as a rule of thumb: if you have a 6” diameter (measurement across the top of the vessel opening) vessel and you want to use 3 wicks; 6” ÷ 3 = 2”. Now use our Wick Selection Guide and instead of putting in 6” for the diameter of your vessel you will enter 2” along with all other pertinent information.

If you want to use 2 wicks in your 6” vessel; 6” ÷ 2 = 3” so in this case you would enter 3” for the diameter of your vessel. Keep in mind, this is only a starting point for your testing, you may need to wick up up or wick down depending on your burn test results.

Choosing the Right Vessel

Placement of multiple wicks depends on the shape of your vessel. If you are using a long rectangular shape, you would want the wicks to be spaced evenly down the center length of the candle. A round candle may require 2, 3, or more depending on the size and look you are trying to achieve. Always space wicks evenly from each other and the sides of the vessel. Then divide the overall size by the number of wicks you will be using. It takes some experimentation to get the perfect burn, but when you do, it will be well worth the effort!

Get started making your multi-wick candles today by ordering a sample kit today!


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