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Liquid Candle Dye Usage Rates

For a medium shade of a color (like red, blue, yellow, etc.), you will need
to use about 0.05% dye. This means using 1 pound of liquid dye for 2000
pounds of wax. On a smaller scale, this is equivalent to using about 7 or 8
drops of color per pound of wax.

  • 1 ounce = 28 grams
  • 1 pound = 454 grams = 16 ounces
  • 1 Tablespoon = 15 grams = about one half ounce
  • 1 teaspoon = 5 grams = about one fifth of an ounce
  • 1/2 teaspoon = about 2 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon = about 1 gram
  • one drop = about 0.03 gram
  • 1 gram is about 33 drops

You may measure by weight, using a scale, or by volume, using measuring cups
or spoons. It is important to choose a method and consistently use that
method since you may get slightly different results if you alternate between the two.

Here is how you do your percentage calculations:

For a medium shade:
Total batch size x 0.05% = amount of liquid dye to use

For example, if you want to color 10 pounds of wax red, here is what you
would do. 10 lbs x 0.05% = 0.005 lb (when multiplying by a percentage, be
sure to either use the percent key after 0.05 or add two decimal places in
front of 0.05 so that you multiply by 0.0005). To convert to ounces,
multiply 0.005 lb by 16 since there are 16 ounces in 1 pound. 0.005 lb x 16
= 0.08 ounce. To convert to grams, multiply by 454, which is the number
of grams per pound. 0.005 lb x 454 = 2.27 grams. Since you need to use
2.27 grams of dye to color your 10 pound batch, you should use 1/2 teaspoon
plus about 9 drops. If your batch is small, or if the dye amount is small,
it is often easier to convert to grams so that you may use measuring spoons
or drops.

For darker shades like burgundy or navy, try using 0.1% dye. This means
that you should multiply your batch size by 0.1% (being sure to use the
percent key) or just multiply batch size by 0.001.

For pale shades like peach or pink, you will want to use about 0.005%. For
a vanilla or ivory shade, you may want to use 0.001%.

Black may be achieved by using 0.2% dye in the wax. Using less than 0.2%
will give you different shades of gray