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« on: February 02, 2011, 11:22:50 PM »

Okay, silly question.. if I put the wick in, with the little metal disk on the bottom, before I pour, the heat of the melted wax melts the wax around the wick, so it flops over and falls into the liquid wax.

I know some people use metal wick pins, then remove the candle from the mould, before threading with a wick, but does that really work for tealights? Doesn't removing them from the cups and putting them back make them look funny?
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2011, 11:30:24 PM »


I get 2 chopsticks, hold them together and then bind each end with elastic bands. Do it so they are quite tight but there is still some give when you pull them apart. Lay them across the top of the candle 'pot' (I use a glass for my candles) then pull the wick up thru between the 2 chopsticks so they hold it in place. Leave them there for the 1st pouring, then remove when set for the top up pour  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 12:19:19 AM »

Oh that is genius. Did you used to have a job on Blue Peter?  Huh?  :mwaha:
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 12:22:49 AM »


Sadly no, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have the 'temperament' for the job anyway, I just love fixing random problems and making stuff, my husband calls me Flint, but most people don't understand why  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 08:06:54 AM »

I also use chop sticks cocktail sticks and even small skewers.
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 08:21:26 AM »

i've ussd selotape. But for a tea light i wouldnt think you would need to!
Do you use a glue dot to stick the wick in place first?
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 08:31:21 AM »

Glue dot first, then I use a clothes peg. This only works, obviousy, if the container is smaller than the length of the peg, so tea  lights should be ok  :mwaha:
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011, 08:45:03 AM »

Oh I have candle glue which is quite good you get it at SK
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011, 09:00:09 AM »


I use a splodge of pritt stick  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011, 09:28:01 AM »

Glue dot first definately. You can buy little sticks with the elastic band if you are not very Blue Peter.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2011, 11:40:58 AM »

Thanks for replying everyone Smiley The little metal tab is staying stuck to the bottom of the tealight cup, it's just the wick that goes all bendy and flops into the wax. I think I'll have to wait until they are fairly cool before I put them in.
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011, 11:53:53 AM »

for tea lights, I would think 2 toothpicks elasticated together would do the trick, I wouldn't advise putting the wicks in after the pour. (did I get the wrong end of the, er, stick there??)
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011, 01:13:14 PM »

 :mwaha: Nope hun, you were spot on. Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011, 01:58:54 PM »

Some of the candle supply places have mini skewers for this. They work well are cheap and re-usable.  :buttrf:
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 04:10:53 PM »

Oh that's handy Smiley Do you have a link or two?
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