Why does my candle wax sink in the middle?
How Different Types of Wax Influence Your Candle’s Structure
There are several types of wax used in candle making, each with its own properties that can affect the performance of your candles. Paraffin wax is the most common and is known for its excellent scent throw. Soy wax, a natural alternative, burns cleaner and longer but may not hold fragrance. Beeswax is another natural option that burns cleanly and has a natural honey scent.
Other types include palm wax, coconut wax, and blends of these waxes. The type of wax you choose can influence how your candle burns and potentially whether it sinks in the middle.
Explore our detailed article ‘The Best Wax Types for Different Candle Styles‘ to understand better how various waxes impact candle performance and aesthetics.
Choosing the Right Wick for Your Homemade Candle
The wick is another crucial component in candle making. It’s not just about the length; the thickness, material, and even how it’s braided can affect how your candle burns. A wick that’s too small for your candle diameter may cause tunneling, while a wick that’s too large can lead to sooting and a dangerously large flame. There are different types of wicks suitable for different wax and candle sizes, so choosing the right one for your project is important.