Food coloring for candles?

LibbyLizJune 24, 2005

If I choose to make candles again, since I sold my dyes with my glycerin soap-making supplies I had for a year or more & hardly touched them, can I use food coloring?

Before buying the dyes I used crayons for color.

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No. The food coloring is water based and will not mix with the wax. (Like trying to get water and oil to mix.) The coloring has to be oil based.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 11:39AM
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Gotcha! Thanks!

I planned on making candles someday along with soaps, but decided to just buy them & shower gels instead. Now I'm back to wanting to make candles again. But first I have to use up all my store-boughts. I guess I'll have to buy more colorants again then! Oh well. LOL

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 6:11PM
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Not necessarily. A crayon will work. Crayons are basically the same thing as the color blocks/chips that you buy to color candle wax with. If my mind had been functioning properly, I would have thought to tell you that in the last post! LOL.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 12:39PM
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Well then I'll go back to using crayons! LOL They're cheaper anyhow & you get so many more colors to choose from, without mixing!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 6:50PM
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Yep, I love the color assortment! LOL. I have found that "cheap" crayons don't seem to have the color intensity that Crayola Crayons have, so I stick to Crayola, for both coloring :) and dying candles!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 12:52AM
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I've also found out cheap (i.e., dollar store) crayons are harder & as such take much longer to melt, thus, more difficult to mix through the candle wax.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 8:09AM
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How do you color pre made candles?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 5:05PM
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Hi there. I am "trying" to help out some ladies in Sri Lanka to color candles, resources are very limited. Do you melt the crayon and then add to the melted wax? They have been told if they can make cream coloured candles they will get quite a big order. Any suggestions on making cream coloured candles would be very much appreciated. Thank you

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 1:02AM
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Hi. You can melt both separately, then blend, but if you are doing a big batch you have to stir A LOT to ensure your color is uniform. Try instead melting the color into the wax as the wax melts until the right color is obtained. To test the color, drip a few drops on a bright white surface every now and then & let solidify. Test often. The new additions will melt quickly into the warm wax and can be stirred in easily. Hope this helps

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 11:07AM
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I need some advice on coloring 100% beeswax for ornaments. I used black crayola crayons to color the wax and everything went perfectly. After casting the images I rubbed them with cinnamon and got the perfect look. Now, a month later, the ornaments are turning bluish/grey. It seems as though the bluish/grey tint is a powder forming all over the ornaments. It isn't bloom from the beeswax; I think it is from coloring with crayons.

Has anyone experienced this?

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 11:57PM
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When making soy candles and tarts, they get frosting, you can sometimes buff the frosting out , if does not go to deep. I like my tops to my candles to still have that glossy look after I buff them, any suggests other than hitting them with a heat gun?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 5:17AM
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