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How to colour my candle

There are a couple of ways to colour your candle – dye chips or liquid dye. I have tried both and personally prefer the chips as they are easier to work with and measure out in small quantities.

  • Measure the Dye chips: Begin by measuring the appropriate amount of wax dye chips with a small set of scales – these are the mini scales I use. Generally, a small amount of dye is sufficient to colour a large batch of wax if the dye chips are of good quality. I use the brand BEKRO from Cosy Owl which are excellent.
mini scales
  • Melt the Wax: In a double boiler or wax melter, melt the candle wax until it reaches the recommended melting temperature.
  • Add the Dye Chips: Once the wax is melted, add the measured wax dye chips to the melted wax. Starting with the tiniest amount (always weigh the chips before you add so you will know the next time how much you require. Stir the mixture gently but thoroughly to ensure the dye chips dissolve completely and evenly distribute the colour.
dye chips

Image courtesy of Cosy Owl

  • Adjust the Colour: If the color is too light, add more dye chips incrementally (making sure you weigh each chip) until you achieve the desired shade. Keep in mind that the colour of the liquid wax may be darker than the final candle colour. I suggest you have a piece of white paper next to you and you can carefully drip a tiny amount on the paper. As it cools fast you can see the finished colour result before finalising the colour and ready to add fragrance. You most probably will have to pop the wax back on the heat to the required temperature for adding the fragrance oil.
dye pellets

By using dye pellets they are easier to measure although you might have to cut them in half as the pigment can be strong.

  • Pouring the Wax: Once the desired colour is achieved, you will probably have to return the wax to the heat in order to attain the correct temperature before adding the fragrance oil. Proceed with pouring the coloured wax into molds or containers once your wax is at the correct temperature.
coloured candles

Both wax dye chips and liquid dye offer you the ability to customise your candles with a variety of colours. It’s important to use dyes specifically designed for candle making like these BEKRO dye chips from Cosy Owl to ensure compatibility with the wax and proper burning performance. Always test colours on a small batch of wax before scaling up production to ensure the final product meets your expectations.

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How to colour a candle
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