If you love yard torches and oil lamps, this page is for you! If you're like me, you regularly forget to cover the wicks on your yard torches and they get waterlogged. Most times, they can be squeezed out, dried and re-used, but more times than not, they're shot. Plus, if you use them alot, you know the cost of replacing these hefty wicks. Eouch! This article will tell you how to make wicks for everything from Candles to Giant Torches.
The formula is so simple, it will make you mad that you haven't tried it before.
First, decide what you want to make. If you're making candle wicks, I suggest braiding cotton twine. use cotton twine that will give you a finished braided product the size you desire. The best material for making torches are strips of cotton material. You can use old shirts, bed sheets any cotton material will do. Again, keep your finished product in mind when you are cutting the length and width of your material. You will need to tightly braid your strips of fabric and tie them off at both ends. The same goes for braiding the cotton twine. Make sure your braids are tight, even and straight. You will need a box of 20 Mule team borax that can be purchased at most Walmarts. A box of salt dissolve 2 tablespoons of salt and 4 tablespoons of borax in 1 and 1/2 cups of warm water. This formula can be doubled, tripled, were cut in half, depending on how many wicks you would like to soak. soak your braided wicks in the salt and borax solution for 20 min. Remove from solution but do not squeeze. Hang your wicks on a close line anywhere like a coat hanger in a bathtub, where they can drip dry. Because the material is braided, it will take longer to thoroughly dry, so let your wicks hang for at least five days. And that's it! Wasn't that ridiculously easy? Store your wicks in a sealed container like a Mason jar or a Ziploc bag. Wrap them in newspaper before you put them in the sealed container to which any moisture that make condensate inside of the container.