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IntroductionCandlemaking BasicsDipping CandlesTroubleshooting Dipping ProblemsOther Dipping ProjectsCleaning UpTroubleshooting GuideSafety Equipment and ProceduresDecorating Your Candles With WaxCandle Storage TipsDecorative Candle WrappingSuppliers
Excerpt from page 4 - Candlemaking Basics
To understand how to dip candles, you must first understand a few key concepts about how candles burn, and what supplies are required to make them burn well. A candle flame burns because of the two main ingredients: fuel and wick. When you light a candle, the wick catches fire and that fire heats to melting a small pool of wax just below the flame. The wick draws up that liquid wax to feed the flame, and the wicks burns away at the top. In a good candle, the fuel (wax) burns more quickly than the wick does.
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