How to Wick a Pillar Mold
Wicking a pillar mold is often the most difficult, and frustrating, step when making a pillar candle. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to properly wick your pillar candle mold in 5 easy steps.
- Round Pillar Candle Mold
- Choice of Wick - See our Wick Guide to pick the right wick for the size of mold you are using.
- Wick Stickum
- Duct Tape
- Wick Bar
- Level Work Surface
STEP 1: MEASURE WICK
If using spooled wick, measure and cut wick to length to allow excess wick at each end of the mold.
STEP 2: LACE WICK THROUGH PILLAR MOLD
Lace the wick through the center hole in the concaved bottom of the mold, leaving 1/2 of a inch of the wick outside the closed end of the mold. Leave about 4-5 inches of wick hanging over the opposite (open) end of the mold to be able to center it with the wick bar. Remove a wick stickum from the paper sheet and place the stickum over the wick and center slot on the outside of the closed end of the mold to hold the wick in place.
STEP 3: SEAL CENTER WICK SLOT WITH DUCT TAPE
Cut a piece of duct tape to length and cover the wick stickum on the bottom of the mold with duct tape. Be sure to firmly press the tape against the mold to push out any air bubbles that can form around the hole in the bottom of the mold. Cut a second piece of duct tape to length and repeat, creating a cross over the wick stickum and the bottom of the mold. If done correctly, this will prevent the wax from leaking through the hole. If needed place the mold on a rack to keep the mold level for pouring.
STEP 5: CENTER WICK WITH WICK BAR
Tightly pull the wick through the slot in the center of the wick bar and center the wick. Make sure it is long enough to hang over the mold without falling in the wax.
- As a precaution when pouring, place wicked pillar mold inside a pan in case leakage occurs.
- If needed place the mold on a rack above a pan to keep the mold level for pouring.