Candle refills

How to make a multi-wick candle

Lit candle with three wicks on a wooden tray on a bath

Are you new to using a candle refill kit or just as big a fan of burning candles as we are? We totally get it! Sometimes, though, you might notice that your candle starts off burning beautifully but then the wax tunnels, leaving wasted wax along the walls of the vessel. But don’t worry, it’s not your fault or the wax’s fault – it’s all about the wick!

To enhance your candle experience with our Purscents candle refills, we want to share some fantastic tips with you to create a cosy ambiance in your space using our refills.

Our Clean Candle Refill kits come with wicks that burn best in vessels ranging from 6.6cm to 7.6cm (approximately 2.5″ to 3″) in diameter. If you have wider or uniquely shaped jars, you’ll need to consider using multiple wicks. While our Clean Candles come with only one wick, you can easily buy extra wicks from our online store for this purpose.

Using multiple wicks in your candles provides a more even burn, which means the wax gets consumed evenly, resulting in reduced tunneling and a longer burning time. Not only that, multi-wick candles have the added benefit of filling up a larger space with a warm, soothing aroma. They also create a mesmerising and captivating effect casting a brighter and more intense glow, perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere in any room.

When working with single or multiple wicks, safety is crucial for a long-lasting, clean, and safe burn. Extra care is especially important when dealing with multi-wick candles because more wicks generate more heat. Make sure to choose a heat-resistant vessel that won’t leak, crack, or catch fire. Thick tempered glass, ceramics, tins, enamel, or sealed metal vessels are great options.

Now let’s go through the steps to make your multi-wick candle:

Step 1: Calculate the number of wicks based on the vessel’s diameter.

Before ordering refill kits online, measure the vessel you want to refill and calculate the correct number of wicks needed. If the diameter of your jar is over 3 inches or approximately 7.6cm, you may need additional wicks.  Here’s a handy guide for reference:

Less than 7.6cm = 1 wick
Between 7.6cm and 10cm = 2 wicks
Between 10cm and 13cm = 3 wicks
Between 12cm and 16cm = 4 wicks

Step 2: Set your wick pattern

Once you know the number of wicks you need, place them evenly and ensure they are away from the sides. When the wicks are too close to the sides of your vessel, it can become too hot, increasing the risk of breakage. As a general rule, place the wicks at least 1.5 inches or 3.8cm apart for a safe and even burn.

For uniquely-shaped vessels, you might need to adjust the pattern, but this guide should work well for traditional, round vessels.

Step 3: Melt, pour and enjoy

It’s time to melt the wax and pour it into your vessel. Each Purscents candle refill kit contains enough wax to fill a 260ml jar, so if your vessel is larger, you may want to consider getting a second bag of wax. If you’ve made our candles before, you know the drill, simply microwave or melt the wax in boiling water, pour it into your vessel when it’s all melted, and wait for your candle to set. The setting time for larger vessels may be longer than the recommended 3 hours, so if you want to be extra careful, you can leave it overnight before trimming the wick and lighting it up.

Voila! Now you’re all set to light up and enjoy your beautiful, hand-made candle!

Care & Safety

Of course, we can’t forget about care and safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Safety first – With more wicks comes more heat. Make sure your vessel is heat-resistant, and won’t leak, crack, or catch fire like thick tempered glass, ceramics, tins, enamel, or sealed metal.

2. Trim the wick: Before every burn, make sure to trim the wick to approximately 1⁄4 inch. A neatly trimmed wick ensures a clean and even burn, controls the temperature and flame of your candle, and prolongs its life. It also keeps the surrounding wax clean and free from soot.

3. Let the wax melt: Allow the wax to melt across the entire surface up to the edge of the vessel, especially on the first burn. Wax has a memory and will remember where it burned up to. The first impression sets the boundaries for how the candle will burn until the wick is gone.

Scent Recommendations

If you’re looking for scent recommendations, we’ve got you covered! Try out these options:

  • Classic and firm favourite : De Stress
  • Unique & Musky: Pause N Reset
  • Garden-inspired: Secret Garden
  • Relaxing: Unwind

Show of your creations

Feel free to get creative with different vessel shapes and have fun making your candles. We’d love to see what you come up with so don’t forget to share your creations by tagging @pur.scents on Instagram and @purscents on Tiktok. We can’t wait to see the amazing candles you’ve made!

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm glow and delightful scents of your handmade candles. Happy candle-making!

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