The Wick Lab
Candle Making Kit
Wick it good! Take the sticker tab off the base of the wick and discard. Set the wick inside the center of the container. Take the wooden wick bar and thread the wick through the hole. Position wick bar so that the wick is centered. Use tape to secure to the sides of container, if necessary.
Prepare a double boiler using the provided pitcher. Add wax to pitcher. Heat to 185ºF, stirring occasionally, making sure wax is thoroughly melted.
Once heated to 185ºF, remove from heat. Add oils to wax. Stir gently for 2-3 minutes. Remember - we're not whisking eggs here (we don't want to create air bubbles). Instead, brush off your best British accent and pretend you're having tea with the Queen - pinkies up! Gentle and steady. Set aside to cool to 135ºF.
Keep an eye on the thermometer; while you wait for the oils and wax to cool, decorate 'The Wick Lab' sticker. Feel free to be as creative as you like! You can name your candle, draw a picture, write the date, or all of the above!
Once cooled to 135ºF, slowly and steadily pour contents of pitcher into container.
Now the hardest part - the waiting game! Allow the candle to cure before lighting. We recommend 5-7 days of curing to yield optimal results.
Once cured, trim wick down to ¼ inch. Place warning label on the bottom of the container. Take the sticker your decorated earlier; you can place it on the side the container for all the world to see, or on top of warning label if you like the minimal look. (Be sure not to place stickers while the candle is still in liquid form, to prevent spilling- ouch!)
Do a little happy dance - because you just made a candle! Don't forget to look at our Candle Care sheet below - you are now the proud parent of your very own candle, and you want to keep him nice and healthy!
If your candle cures with imperfections (sink holes, cracks, etc.) try this simple trick: using a heat gun or blow dryer on it lowest setting - and at a distance of about 3 inches - make circular motions around the top of the candle until a superficial layer of wax melts and fills in the imperfections. Let cool. Repeat if necessary to achieve a smooth glossy finish.
For the best burn every time - follow these helpful instructions!
Wait 5-7 days for the first initial burn. This ensures maximum curing.
Keep your wick trimmed to ¼ inch. Re-center your wick if it has drifted.
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings and other debris.
Once lit, allow the wax pool to melt all the way across the top. This will help prevent ‘tunneling’, and keep an even burn for the entire life of the candle.
Drafts are a candle’s worst enemy! Place your candle away from open windows, vents, fans or high traffic areas.
Never leave a candle burning unattended. Keep out of reach of small children and pets.