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Publication numberUS20030134245 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/342,593
Publication dateJul 17, 2003
Filing dateJan 15, 2003
Priority dateJan 17, 2002
Publication number10342593, 342593, US 2003/0134245 A1, US 2003/134245 A1, US 20030134245 A1, US 20030134245A1, US 2003134245 A1, US 2003134245A1, US-A1-20030134245, US-A1-2003134245, US2003/0134245A1, US2003/134245A1, US20030134245 A1, US20030134245A1, US2003134245 A1, US2003134245A1
InventorsKevin Jones
Original AssigneeJones Kevin B.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Candle wick method
US 20030134245 A1
Abstract
A method for adding a candle wick to a candle includes selecting a wick cavity forming tool having a heated elongatable tip having a stopping edge formed thereon, then heating the elongated tip and inserting it into a wax candle to form a bore therein having softened wax therearound. A wick is inserted into the candle bore created by the heated wick cavity forming tool while the surrounding wax is still soft. Excess wax can then be removed from the candle so that the wick is formed in the candle. The process may also include removing an existing wick from the candle prior to adding a candle wick thereto and adding a plurality of wicks to a single candle and to the cutting of the wick to size.
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Claims(5)
I claim:
1. A process for adding a candle wick to a candle including the steps of:
selecting a wick cavity forming tool having a heatable, elongated tip;
heating said elongated tip;
inserting said heated elongated tip into a wax candle to form a bore thereinto having softened wax therearound;
inserting a wick into the wax candle bore created by said heated wick cavity forming tool; and
removing excess wax from said candle;
whereby a wick is formed into a candle.
2. The process for adding a candle wick in accordance with claim 1 including the step of removing an existing wick from a candle prior to adding a candle wick thereto.
3. The process for adding a candle wick in accordance with claim 1 including the step of adding a plurality wicks to a wax candle.
4. The process for adding a candle wick in accordance with claim 1 including the step of cutting said added wick.
5. The process for adding a candle wick in accordance with claim 1 in which the step of selecting a wick cavity forming tool includes a tool having a marked position to indicate the depth of the bore for a candle wick.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a process for replacing candle wicks in candles having poor wick burning or uneven wax consumption or the like.

[0002] In the past, candles typically have been made of wax having a wick extending along the center axis of the formed candle. The wick may be made of cotton or other material. However, candles often burn unevenly and thus rapidly become unusable because the wick is broken or burned off or unable to be burn due to becoming covered by wax.

[0003] The present invention solves these problems by providing a process for adding a new wick to a candle and also for trimming excess wax from the candle. A needle-like element is heated and inserted into the top of a candle to melt wax sufficiently for a wick to be inserted. The wax can then be solidified around the wick. In addition, multiple wicks can be placed within the candle and the heated needle-like element can be used to trim uneven wax. Candles can be initially molded without a wick to allow a person to add wicks after a candle has been made to thereby customize a candle as desired by the individual. This can also provide safer candles since many candle wicks contain zinc which can be harmful when burned and the present process allows for the insertion of a safer wick in the candle.

[0004] The following U.S. patents illustrate electrically heated tools for different purposes including wax shaping tools. The Anton patent, U.S. Pat. No. 3,316,385, shows an electric heating and soldering gun while the Caliri patent U.S. Pat. No. 3,002,077 is for a soldering tool. The Ellis patent U.S. Pat. No. 2,119,908 discloses a wax modeling tool for dental work that is heated with gas while the Westerback et al. U.S. Pat. No. 3,120,598 discloses another wax shaping tool for dental molds. It does not show a tip. The Huffman U.S. Pat. No. 4,301,357 shows another wax shaping tool. The Christensen U.S. Pat. No. 3,821,513 illustrates a wax carving tool with various heating tips. The Patillo et al. U.S. Pat. No. 5,073,696 shows an electrically heated wax shaping tool with different tips while the Anderson et al. U.S. Pat. No. 3,938,526 is for an electrically heated acupuncture needle. The German patent No. 856,929 shows a wax shaping tool.

[0005] In contrast to these prior patents, the present invention is for a method of adding a wick to an existing candle or to a block of wax and includes the steps of selecting a specific wick cavity forming tool having a heated elongated tip along with a shoulder to mark the insertion depth for the tip and then heating the elongated tip and inserting the elongated tip into a wax candle to form a bore therein having softened wax therearound so that the wick can be inserted into the candle bore while the surrounding candle wax is softened to either replace an existing candle wick or to add new candle wicks to an existing candle.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0006] Other objects, features, and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the written description and the drawings in which:

[0007]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a candle having a heated wick burning tip being inserted into a candle;

[0008]FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the first step of a process for placing a wick in a candle and has the heated wick burning tip positioned over a wax candle;

[0009]FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the wick hole being burned into the candle;

[0010]FIG. 4 illustrates the insertion of the wick into the candle; and

[0011]FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the candle wax being trimmed.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0012] Referring to the drawings and especially to FIG. 1, a wick hole burning tool 10 has a wick burning tip 11 mounted on the end of a heating element 12 and having a handle 13 with an electrical cord 14 extending therefrom for connection to a 110 voltage source or the like. The wick hole forming tool 10 can also be battery operated as desired. The tool 10 is shown placed over a candle 15 and has burned a hole 16 in the candle wax as shown so that a new candle wick can be placed within the hole 16 in the softened wax.

[0013] Turning to FIGS. 2 through 5, the process of forming a wick into a candle and trimming the candle is illustrated. The process includes selecting a wick cavity forming tool 17 having a needle-like element 18 attached thereto and having a cylindrical shape for forming a wick cavity in a candle. The tool 17 has a heating portion 20 and a handle 21 as well as an activating switch or trigger 22 thereon. The wick cavity forming tool 17 is placed directly over a candle 23 that has a defective wick or no wick or in which the person wants to add additional wicks, as shown in FIG. 2. The trigger 22 is squeezed to activate the heating elements in the tool to heat the wick forming needle 18. The wick forming element 18 is then plunged into the candle 23, as shown in FIG. 3. The tip can be inserted typically for 1″ into the wax of the candle 23 or to the edge of a stopping point 24 on the edge of the tool 17. A wick 25, as shown in FIG. 4, is then inserted into the cylindrical hole 26 of the candle 23. A 2″ wick, for instance, can be inserted into the opening 26 and allowed to stand until the wax is cooled. The wick can then be cut off to about {fraction (1/4)}″ from the base 27 of the candle 23.

[0014] Precautions are typically taken not to place the wick closer than 1″ from the edge of the candle unless it is a single wick burning candle and, where placing multiple wicks in a candle, it is desirable to place the wicks at least 1″ from each other. When the wick is at the end of its burning life, it will fall over and extinguish itself. The remaining wick can then be removed while the wax is in a liquid or soft condition. A new wick may be placed in the candle when the wax is cooled. It may also be desirable to have a pair of wicks which can be alternatively burned and not burned to allow even wax consumption.

[0015] Turning specifically to FIG. 5, excess wax can be removed from the candle 23 in the final step of the process. A candle is held in a generally horizontal position over a waste container 28 and the heating tool 17 held at a generally 45 degree angle. Squeezing the trigger 22 activates the heating element to heat the wick forming tip 18. Once the tip 18 is heated, it can be used to cut or slice excess wax from the candle, as shown in FIG. 5. The melted wax during the trimming process can be allowed to drip into the trash container 28 along with the trimmed wax. The wax can then be allowed to cool to have a formed candle with a newly inserted wick.

[0016] It should be clear at this time that a process of adding a new wick to an existing or new candle has been provided along with a process for, trimming the candle wax to restore candles that would otherwise be discarded. However, the present invention should not be construed as limited to the forms shown which are to be considered illustrative rather than restrictive.

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7037104 *Aug 2, 2002May 2, 2006Mary Katherine AzzinaroDevice and method for exposing a candle wick embedded in candle wax
US7665986 *Nov 7, 2005Feb 23, 2010Sang Ho ParkSystem and method of repairing a wax candle having a diminished wick
Classifications
U.S. Classification431/288
International ClassificationF23D3/38, F23D3/16, C11C5/00
Cooperative ClassificationC11C5/006, F23D3/38, F23D3/16
European ClassificationF23D3/16, C11C5/00D, F23D3/38