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Color is a very important element to the candle maker. Color grabs our eyes, alters our mood, beautifies our surroundings, and evokes feelings of days long past. Although there are volumes and volumes of written material based on the topic of color, this article will just highlight on a few key aspects that impact the candle maker directly. For our purposes in the candle making community, color may quite simply be boiled down to the sensation caused by light rays as they interact with the human eye, brain, and past experience. Here are a few tips that help candlemakers control color and use it as a tool to help create wonderful candles that tempt the eye and tease the senses.
For some of us, it has been a while since we sat through an art class. If the following paragraph is too dry or basic, please continue on to the next paragraph about the actual techniques that are used in candle making.
countless techniques available to candle makers to help solve color challenges.
The first question a candle maker must ask themselves is how important
is uniformity. Uniform color may be extremely important to larger manufacturers
as well as any candle maker looking to sell their candles wholesale to
stores that will be reselling the candles. The uniformity is important
for aesthetics on the shelf in a retail environment. Increasing batch
sizes solves this challenge. The larger the batch, the easier it is to
measure dye accurately. This is simply achieved by using a larger
melt tank. The sound of a larger tank might sound painful on the budget,
but sometimes it may be necessary for some investment in equipment if
the candle maker is looking to produce candles that are “factory
perfect”. If you are using color
blocks, it never hurts to buy larger amounts of dye per order to insure
colors from the same lots. This saves money on shipping expenses, material
cost, and helps to insure you have enough dye on hand to handle any order
that comes through your door – especially during the busy season.
EVO line of liquid dye is known to candle makers for its consistency, deep color, and user-friendly attributes. Candle makers who market vegetable waxes appreciate the fact that EVO dyes are made using eco-friendly ingredients and do not have a bad odor. Our color blocks are an easy way to use color with less mess and our large selection eliminates the need to manually mix colors (but you may mix them if you prefer). Pigment dyes produce spectacularly deep colors, but are used for over dips only (if you use pigment to color the core, it may clog the wick). Powder dyes are the most economical way to color large batches. They are extremely strong, and although they may be economical, care should be used because a little goes a very long way. Please remember that your color may fade after all your hard work, so a little insurance is to use UV light absorbers U.V. 531 and U.V. 5411 to help maintain the color you want.
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