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Title: Candle Magick 101 - Color for Candlemaking
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(Date Posted:01/13/2009 06:42 AM)
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Candle Magick 101

"Color for Candlemaking"

         Colored wax or color additives can be purchased at most craft supply stores.  By far, the most common is aniline dyes that come with complete proportion instructions at your local craft store.

Candle Coloring Options:

Type Recommendations
Color Blocks Good to start with and easy to control shades and match same colors. For making solid color candles.
Liquid Color Can start here for small and large batch lots. For making solid color candles.
Powder Dyes For very large batch lots. Must be accurate with measurements for consistent colors.
BC Pigments The strongest of any pigments for over dipping and cut & carve. All blendable for different shades.Will not fade or bleed.
CM Pigments Not as strong as BC Pigments. Easy to use, will not fade or bleed. For over dipping only.

     A nice alternitive for MAGICKAL CANDLES, however, is looking to nature's storehouse for aid.  This way there are no chemicals that might hinder the effective flow of energy.

     Steep deeply colored flower, herb, or vegetable parts in warm wax, repeating as necessary to achieve the results decired. 

  • *Beets... yield a lovely RED hue
  • *Fennel...makes a BROWN
  • *Onion Skins... PALE BROWN or GOLDEN hue
  • *Saffron a YELLOW

     Try testing the color by dripping a little bit of the melted wax onto a white piece of paper and letting it dry. This should give you an idea of the finished color, but remember the actual color will be darker than what appears on the paper.

     Many people believe crayons can also be used to color candles, but I would not recommend this unless the candle is for decoration only and will not be burned. Crayons contain pigments that will clog the wick and drown out the flame, giving you a poor burning candle.

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