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USING CANDLE DYES
Paraffin Based Dyes
Paraffin-based dyes are concentrated dyes infused into a wax 'carrier'. They are usually in chip, pellet or block form making them clean and easy to use. The pellets allow for accurate measuring, the chips are just as easy to use, the blocks may need to cut or 'shaved'.
When you add your dye to melted wax, it's difficult to judge the shade the final colour will be. Here's a quick way to check to see the final colour before you add more dye.
1. Always add the dye a little at a time
2. Always add the dye when the wax is fully melted
3. Drip several drops of the coloured wax onto a cold, white saucer. The wax will harden quickly and you'll be able to judge the final shade.
4. If you want a greater depth of shade, add a little more dye and test again.
5. Soya and other natural waxes will give a more 'pastel' shade than paraffin waxes.
Paraffin based wax dyes don't work well with gel wax. The 'carrier' paraffin wax used in the chips, pellets or blocks will make the gel wax go 'cloudy'. Use liquid dyes for colouring gel wax.
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