I bought another Heritage Lava Lite neon Pink Grande, with clear liquid new from a USA dealer.
Actually it's a very vibrant Red Wax
Since I already have an identical one in this color I want to change the color of the wax by adding a dye to it. I want to keep the original wax and original clear fluid and just add some dye to change the wax color.
So I have a few questions.
1: Can I add dye to the RED wax?
My thinking is that adding yellow to red wax would change the wax to orange.
Or I can add Blue to the Red to make purple.
Let me know if my thoughts on color mixing are wrong.
2: If I can add Dye to the Red wax, can it be done, without the dye bleeding off into the clear liquid?
3: What type of wax dye would be compatible with this lava lite.
Thanks for any help.
You've asked exaclty the right questions, so
1 Yes, and yes;
red plus yellow would make orange, red plus blue would make purple
2 Yes, most wax dyes are oil based and shouldn't mix with water (most, but maybe not all)
3 While many here have used GooKit, aka Magma Tower, wax dyes, the results have not been consistent. Blue specifically has been reported to be inconsistent. Liquid candle wax dyes have been used with good, consistent results. A couple of sources as follows;
Peak Candle Supplies, http://www.peakcandle.com/category/Candle-Dyes/Liquid-Candle-Dyes.aspx
That's good news Keith. Thanks for the links. So now I have some other questions.
I'm familiar with opening and resealing the top, because I just added a coil recently.
1: Is it best to add Dye while the lamp is hot and flowing by dripping some dye through the opened top, right into to clear liquid in the hope that the wax will find and absorb the dye, thus removing the dye from the clear liquid?
If so I'm thinking maybe adding maybe 3 or 4 drops of dye and waiting about 15 minutes to see the result, then adding more dye if I've not yet achieved the right color.
2: Keeping in mind this is a 250 oz Grande. Does the amount of time waiting for color change and dye amounts sound ballpark?
3: If I'm wrong about adding dye while lamp is hot and flowing, as I mentioned in question 1, what would be a more correct approach?
Thanks again for any help.
The liquid dyes are concentrated so slow and steady is what I would recommend.
1 Yeah, add while hot and running, but add to the wax not the fluid. You know that little blob of wax that sometimes stays at the top? Add to that. I wouldn't add more that 2 drops at a time for a grande, one drop for any smaller lamp.
2 Give it plenty of time to mix because you can't take dye out of the wax. Be patient, you want to make sure it's right.
3 If you are using liquid dyes stick with the above, if you decide to use dye chips you can add cold or hot but follow the same cautions, you can't undo it.
Thanks Keith, Now I just need to choose a color and order some dye :)
I made my heritage grande orange, from pink, and it took an entire tub of yellow dye. I used Magma Tower lava dyes. It's STILL not what I'd call the perfect shade of orange for me, it's more coral colored. It's very pretty, don't get me wrong, to me much better than the pink, just not popsicle orange like I had wanted.
I changed another pink one to purple, and it didn't take nearly as much, because blue is dominant to pink, and pink is dominant to yellow.
Just something to keep in mind. :)
Thanks Loren, I'll keep that in mind :)
I might try a Fluorescent Yellow dye in the hope of producing a bright or vibrant Orange.
At the time when I did that, I think the only fluorescent color was green, which looked yellow. I thought about using that, but was afraid of what might happen. :p The pink grandes are not actually fluorescent, but the green ones are, so I went ahead and used the yellow dye. Come to think of it, there was a small amount missing from the yellow tub, so if it had been full, maybe I would have gotten that nicer shade of orange? In any case, I still love it. It looks much more orange when it's running, but still looks coral when it's not.