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Homemade Candle Wicks

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by RightHand, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Dissolve 2 tablespoons of table salt and 4 tablespoons of borax in 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
    Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes.
    Hang each string with a clothespin for 5 days to be sure it is completely dry.
    Use a paperclip to dip each string completely in melted wax 3 to 4 times, coating it completely.
    Hang another 5 days to ensure dry.

    Easiest way to get borax is buy 20 mule team borax laundry soap. And works best with non iodized salt.

    The borax reduces smoke & ash. Not sure about the salt

    Thanks to Huntinghawk on M14 forum
  2. tommixx

    tommixx Monkey

    would string from a mop work?
  3. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Interesting thought. It seems like it would.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Just about any string will work for making tapers by the dipping method (or in molds, for that matter.) The soak is to remove "stuff" used in the process of making the string and (as RH says) reduce ash. Mop strings are on the heavy side for candles, but they will work if the wax will saturate all the way thru.

    Dunno why the salt, either.
  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    From what I have read, it is Boric acid you need. You get that from Borax and salt.
  6. RamboMoe

    RamboMoe Monkey

    Cool! My recipe:


    1) Heavy cotton string
    2) A soaking solution. Mix 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp of boric acid, and 1 tbsp of salt into a bowl.
    3) Scissors
    4) Tape
    5) A small piece of metal or paper with a hole. This is to hold the wick in place while pouring the wax into the container or mold.


    1) Decide on the container that will house your candle, or on the mold that will shape your candle.
    2) Cut three pieces of cotton string to a length a few inches longer than your container or mold (the string should be a few inches longer than you want your candles to be).
    3) Soak your cotton string pieces in your soaking solution for 12 hours (overnight is a good idea).
    4) Let the strings dry out in the sun or hang dry indoors, depending on weather conditions.
    5) When fully dried, tape the three strings to a flat surface. Braid them tightly from bottom to top.
    6) Dip the wick in wax to make it stiff and easier to light. Let dry.
    7) Tie the wick to the metal/paper piece, place in the container or mold.
    Remember to put down a layer of old newspaper before making candles, as wax is messy and hard to clean up.

    I got one for candles too, but sadly I can't include links yet.

    Looks about the same, water/borax/salt ratios are a little different.
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