How to Add Color and Scents When Making Candles. Perhaps the best part about making your own candles is personalizing them with your own colors and scents. Color is added once the wax has melted completely. Dye should be added just before pouring. Here is how it's done.
Things You'll Need
- Crayola Crayons 16-packs
- Candle Dyes
- Candle Molds
- Candle Scents
- Candle Wax
- Candle Wicks
- Candy Thermometer
- Double Boilers
- Kitchen Utility Knives
- Pot Holders
- Wooden Spoons
- Fire Extinguishers
- Pot holders
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Melt the candle wax completely. (See Related eHows.)
Stir in about 4 tbs. of stearine (also called stearic acid) per pound of paraffin. Stearine helps make the wax harder and the candle easier to remove from the mold.
Add coloring. Candle dyes come in liquid, block or flake forms. Use a potato peeler or kitchen knife to cut pieces from dye blocks.
Stir the coloring into the melted wax.
Test the color by dripping a few drops of wax onto a white plate and sticking it in the freezer. After a couple of minutes the drops will be cool and you can see the true color your candle will be.
Prepare the mold and wick (see Related eHows).
Add scent by shaving off a few pieces from a scent block or adding 1/8 oz. of undiluted candle scent for every pound of wax.
Stir the wax to distribute the fragrance evenly.
You're now ready to pour the wax into the mold!