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For a medium shade of a color (like red, blue, yellow, etc.), you will needto use about 0.05% dye. This means using 1 pound of liquid dye for 2000pounds of wax. On a smaller scale, this is equivalent to using about 7 or 8drops of color per pound of wax.
You may measure by weight, using a scale, or by volume, using measuring cupsor spoons. It is important to choose a method and consistently use thatmethod 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 youwould do. 10 lbs x 0.05% = 0.005 lb (when multiplying by a percentage, besure to either use the percent key after 0.05 or add two decimal places infront 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 numberof grams per pound. 0.005 lb x 454 = 2.27 grams. Since you need to use2.27 grams of dye to color your 10 pound batch, you should use 1/2 teaspoonplus 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 spoonsor drops.
For darker shades like burgundy or navy, try using 0.1% dye. This meansthat you should multiply your batch size by 0.1% (being sure to use thepercent key) or just multiply batch size by 0.001.
For pale shades like peach or pink, you will want to use about 0.005%. Fora 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
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