The smallest Bika candle (18 cm) lasts for 70 to 80 hours, the middle size (23 cm) 90 to 100 hours, and the largest size (28 cm) 110 to 120 hours.
How long does it take before the bika candle starts to curl?
Bika candles burn about 3 to 4 hours per cm. After approximately 20 hours of burning, the edge slowly starts to curl towards the outside.
Can I put the candles against each other?
We strongly advise you not to, unless you like this effect. If the bika candles are too close together, they will start melting together. We advise you to keep them 7 cm away from each other. They also need space, especially when they will start curling.
Should I trim the wick?
Normally the wick is at the perfect length when you receive the bika candles. There is no need to cut them. Sometimes, after burning, a swelling or T-shaped projection appears at the end of the wick. You can break this off before lighting the candle again. U can clip the wick but make sure that you don’t clip too much or it will become difficult to light the candle again.
Should I cut in the bika candle to let it curl?
No. Definitely not! The bika candles will curl spontaneously and at their own pace. If you really want two curls and you have only one, you could try to push the candle a little bit in the right direction. Preferably do this with a candle that has already burnt for about 30 hours and is higher on one side. Push the edge in the right direction when it’s soft, without exaggerating (or the candle will rip and may start leaking).
Do all bika candles curl?
Yes. In case your bika candle doesn’t do what we assure you, even though you followed all the burning instructions, you can exchange the candle free of charge with us. Please contact us in this case.
How come the bika candles curl open?
Because bika candles are produced only with the best materials. Both the wick as the colouring agent and the paraffin wax are of the best you can find on the market. So the flame will produce enough heat to melt the inside of the candle, but not the outside. Thanks to gravity the bika candle curls open.
Do the candles burn all to the end?
Indeed. Bika candles always keep their big flame. When they are nearly burnt out, the wick becomes loose and falls into the melted paraffin wax. That way it snuffs out itself. Only the curls are left.
Why can’t I light the candles for 10 minutes?
It’s no problem if you do that occasionally but when you consequently light the candles for very short periods of time they will burn in depth. Eventually they won’t have sufficient air to make a nice flame and they will not be able to burn anymore.
How do I get the best effect?
When you light the bika candle for the first time, we advise you to let the candle burn for at least four hours. That’s about the time it takes to melt off the entire top. Let the candles burn for at least one hour in the next sessions – longer is also allowed and even recommended.
My bika candle only gets 1 curl?
We cannot guarantee you that all candles will have two curls. Bika candles are obstinate, especially the smallest candle has the tendency to develop only one curl.
My curls are elongated. How is this possible?
When the candles have burnt for about 50 hours, the curls weigh very heavy. If you light the candles for a long time after that (for more than 3 hours) the paraffin wax becomes soft and the curls stretch out due to gravity. Blowing them out regularly can be a solution.
One of the curls broke off. Now what?
No worries! The bika candle will develop a new curl spontaneously.
How can I see that the candles are handmade?
Bika candles are moulded by hand. That’s why they never have the exact same length. The pattern on the outside differs from candle to candle; it is the solidified representation of the pouring spout on the inside of the mould.
Why does the top of the bika candle look different from the rest of it?
Bika candles are moulded in two phases. During the first phase when the wax sets, deep air holes are made which are filled in the filling phase. The filling happens with very hot paraffin wax (which explains the smooth exterior) that doesn’t always have the exact same colour as the rest of the candle.
The bika candles that I ordered are lighter/darker than the candles on the picture?
The colours are mixed by hand which results in a range of colours instead of fixed colours. It’s part of the charm and it’s the guarantee that your candle is handmade, so it will never have the exact same colour intensification. Though the colouring agent is fixed for every colour.
Do Bika candles leak?
The bika candles rarely or never leak. Especially when they are curling the chances of leaking is minimal. But never say never. If the bika candles stand in a draught it’s possible. Therefore always put them on a dish with an open edge.