If you're just starting out, there are several candle making supliers that make wicks just for gel candles. At their core, pun intended, they are just the same as standard wicks, but they are coated (primed) with gel wax instead of paraffin wax. This can prevent a slight clouding that can occur when the little bit of paraffin wax melts into the gel. If you already have wicks on hand, it's not a big deal though, go ahead and use them.
* The zinc wicks do have good rigidity in the wax, but they tend to "mushroom" more than other wicks. I like the HTP line of wicks in gel...they seem to trim themselves pretty well...and don't mushroom. I've also used RRD and LX wicks in gel with good results. Like all candles, it just depends on the container, the fragrance, and the shape of the candle.
More Gel Candle Making FAQs
- What is gel wax?
- Are there different kinds of gel wax?
- How do I melt gel wax?
- What are the benefits of gel wax?
- How is it different from traditional waxes?
- Can I use the same fragrances in gel wax?
- How do I get the gel out of the bucket?
- What type of wicks should I use?
- What kind of containers can I use?
- Can I make my own gel wax?
- How much fragrance can I use in gel wax?
- Can I embed anything in gel wax candles?
- What is "cold flow"?
- What kind of colorants can I use in gel candles?
- Are gel candles dangerous?