Dyes for Candles
Currently, Cierra Candles carries 3 types of candle dyes. Each have their strengths and weaknesses and it boils down to which type you prefer to use and which give you the best results in your candles. If you are new to candle making, you will probably want to try all 3 types and see which you like the best.
Dye Chips: We have a wide array of colors with dye chips. Each chip will dye a pound of wax a medium shade. The advantage to dye chips is they are very easy to use. Just drop them in with your wax when you start. You can also mix them to make many other colors. Click here for Formulas for Mixing Color Chips The down side is they are not as color fast and it takes quite a few to make intense colors.
Dye Blocks: Dye blocks are similar to dye chips but they are much more concentrated. One block will dye 20 pounds of wax a medium color. Like dye chips they are very easy to use, you just add them in with your wax. The downside is consistency if you are doing small batches. It is hard to get the exact amount shaved off each time to give your batch the same color each time.
Liquid Candle Dye: Liquid candle dyes are the most concentrated. A few drops are all that is necessary to get very intense color.Click Here to Learn How to Use Liquid Candle Dye The advantage is you only need a very small amount and if you keep track of how many drops you use for a batch, you can get very consistent results. You can also easily blend. They can be added at the start to your wax, or at the end just before you pour. Disadvantages - they smell terrible. It won't affect your fragrance but they do have a pretty strong smell. They can also cause your wax to cool faster than normal and adding too much can cause some texturing issues. They are also very messy! Heaven help you if you spill, which we've done and it isn't fun. This is not a good dye to use if you are making candles with children.