Floating Candles

floating candlesOne of the questions we get quite often from our customers is regarding floating candles, or rather candles that float. The question is usually along the lines of ” What makes the candle float or Will any candle float?” There is a pretty consistent look of surprise when we explain to them that just about all candles will “float”. (I say “just about” since I’m sure somewhere there is a candle that won’t) It is not the shape or size of the candle that makes it float but the fact that wax is lighter than water. The shape of a floating candle is important since that determines if the wick will stay out of the water. You could put one of our biggest pillar candles, 6×9, in a tub of water and it will float, only it will float on its side, putting the wicks under water.

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