Coloring your wax base does more than just make your soy candles look better. It’s a lot of fun seeing what colors you can create.
After all, you are not just restricted to doing one color. You can do layers of colored wax, drop in colored pieces to create unique patterns, and even mix several colored waxes together to form a marble design!
However, when you’re working with soy wax, there are coloring options that work and some that won’t. Soy wax is naturally opaque and can be tinted as well, and getting color to show up can be challenging if you don’t know what to use.
To color your soy candle, there are usually three types of dyes you can use. You can use liquid dyes, dye blocks and chips, and dye flakes. All are compatible with soy wax and have specific procedures that need to be followed should you choose one to use for your candle.
At Hearts and Crafts, we offer a fun and easy to color your candles. We have a set of dye chips that contains 20 colors. Our dye chips melt smoothly and evenly and work well with a number of candle waxes, including soy wax. They are also cruelty-free and vegan!
Dye chips are wax pieces that contain a pre-measured amount of dye. Since the dye is added beforehand to wax, dye chips tend to give a duller color when added to the melted wax. More chips may be needed, depending on how intense you want the color to be.
How to Measure Dye Chips
As a rule of thumb, use 2 dye chips per kilogram of wax. You may add more chips as needed to get a darker color. However, adding too many dye chips can clog the wick and affect the burn of the candle. Avoid adding more than 8 chips per 500 grams of wax.
Making Sure You Get the Color You Want
- Always add your dye in stages and check the color of the wax to see if it is the tone that you want.
- To check what the color will look like after the wax has cooled, scoop out a small amount of the molten wax.
- Run it under a tap or place it in cold water, the exposure to a lower temperature will rapidly harden the wax and reveal the final color.
- Based on the color you see, either add more of the dye or prepare the wax for pouring. Make sure to stir constantly.