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Section 3.  COLORING THE GEL

 

Section 3.  DYES

Most people use liquid candle dyes in gel because you want to maintain the gel's translucency.  It takes very little dye to tint the gel, so be careful... you can easily overdo it!  When making small batches and trying to get a very light tint.  I suggest taking a toothpick and dipping the tip of it into the liquid dye, and then swirl it into the gel in tiny amounts until you get the color you want.  It really does require that little!  Sometimes even 1 full drop can be too much! 

Solid forms of dye in a wax base, such as blocks, chips, buds or flakes, can also be used.  But be careful not to use too much, as it could cloud your gel.   Usually just a small scraping off a dye block is enough.  Powdered dyes can also be used, again in very small amounts.  

Do not use crayons, Rit clothing dye, food coloring, or soap dyes!  These are not made for candles and will not burn properly.



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