Hand dipping tapers - advice needed
I'm going to make hand dipped tapers this fall. I have a fair amount of wax and I plan on getting a dipping rack setup to start with. I have questions!
1) What type / size wick? I read somewhere that a square wick is used for tapers but I don't know about the size or type.
2) Any hints for melting and keeping the wax hot? I was going to initially melt the wax in a double boiler and then pour it into the dipping container. Should I be keeping the container in a double boiler as well and checking it with a thermometer from time to time?
3) Does it make sense to use more than one dipping rack to speed the process up...letting one set of tapers cool while dipping another?
4) What seems to be a popular size for tapers? I had been buying 6" tapers to use as gifts and they seemed to work well but I don't know if there is a preference among people who go out and buy them.
Any other thoughts, hints and suggestions would be appreciated!
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