You’ve probably noticed that many of the candles you buy in the shops have a wick that’s been prewaxed. This is because the vast majority of them are made on an industrial scale without a wick. They’re either made in a mould containing a spike which leaves a hole up the middle of the candle or the hole is added later.
When creating candles at home, it’s not necessary to use waxed wick but the effect can be very nice and, fortunately, it’s dead easy to achieve. All you do is melt the wax for your candle in the usual way and, before adding any dye, drop your cut length of wax into the pan and hoick it immediately out again. It will cool and solidify almost instantly and you can now attach a tab to it. One benefit of this approach is that the wick is stiffer and easier to get perfectly straight and this, along with the fact that it looks appealing, is why all of our new kits use wick that’s been waxed in this way.