This is a discussion on Homemade candle wicks within the Broken Arrow forums, part of the Gun Forum category; Dissolve 2 tablespoons of table salt and 4 tablespoons of borax in 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton ...
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of table salt and 4 tablespoons of borax in 1 1/2 cups of warm water.
Soak a 1-foot length of regular cotton kite string or twine in the solution for 15 minutes.
Hang each string with a clothespin for 5 days to be sure it is completely dry.
Use a paperclip to dip each string completely in melted wax 3 to 4 times, coating it completely.
Hang another 5 days to ensure dry.
Easiest way to get borax is buy 20 mule team borax laundry soap. And works best with non iodized salt.
Think of the times of pre electricity. Rich people used oil lanterns & poor families used candles. No tape to speak of so most everything that was wrapped was tied with string or cord which were perfect size for candle wicks.
Borax was what was used for serious stains & dirt so was fairly common in every home. So already having cord, salt, & borax just economical to make your own wicks as most every home had their own candle moulds.
Alittle more smoke then commercial wicks? YES, but very little.
Now, my experience buckskinning I had made candles from both parafin & beeswax. Beeswax candles definately last longer but is more expensive. So I ended up with a combo of 50/50 parafin & beeswax. Bottom half of the candles burn twice as long as the top half.
Even as with canning today, pure (uncontaminated) parafin is used ontop of jars such as jelly & jam. After used once, its considered contaminated & in this modern age normally thrown away. DUH! Its scented candle wax.