Whether you’re making a candle for yourself or performing a spell, a flame can be an important part of the magic. But how do you connect the flame of one candle with the flames of other candles, if you’re doing magic with multiple candles?
The answer to this question depends on the materials that make up each candle. But in general, a candle is a wax-dipped container with a wick that absorbs liquids into the center of the wax. This process produces a vapor (or gas) that catches fire when it comes in contact with oxygen.
Some candles have a tube attached that allows you to light the upper end of the tube without having to touch a flame to the wick. When you place the top of the tube in a candle’s flame, the paraffin vapor flows up the tube and forms a second flame that re-lights the wick.
You can do this activity with a variety of types of candles, including ones made from paraffin or beeswax. The same results should occur with these materials, though it might be more difficult to see what’s happening because the material will change colors based on its temperature.
To start, prepare your candle by placing it on a clean, dry surface. Be sure to avoid flammable materials like wood, metal and fabric. If you do use a flammable substance, keep it away from your candle and any other items that could catch fire.
Have you ever crafted a candle and once you lit it it didn’t burn very well, having a low flame and little to no melt pool? This can happen for a few reasons, so we’ve put together some tips to help you troubleshoot this issue and get your candle burning properly again.
The first thing to look for is the size of the initial wax pool. This is critical because it sets the stage for everything to follow, allowing your candle to keep an even, consistent burn throughout its life. If your candle has a thin, short burn time, it will never form that initial pool of wax all the way to the edges of the container and will therefore be very likely to smear or become unevenly shaped when it cools.
If you’re having problems with a candle that has a very small initial wax pool, it might be because the wick isn’t trimmed high enough to get enough airflow to the wax to heat it up. If this is the case, trim your wick to its proper height and try again.
Another problem can be tunneling, which happens when the wax at the bottom of a candle melts down to just the edge of its container. This can be a waste of precious wax and can cause your candle to burn unevenly. To fix this, trim your wick back a bit and try again.
Finally, it’s best to keep your candle in a room where there isn’t any draft or movement. This will help your candle burn steadily and prevent tunneling and other issues that can make it hard to use.