Start off with 1-1.5 oz of oil and put it in a glass container or heavy plastic. You can add more oil later or if needed. We have gone as high as 2.5 oz per pound. An oil that is not strong will not get stronger because you add more oil! Some fragrances are just not as strong.
(LESS IS BEST when starting out. (2 TBLS of oil is equal to about 1 ounce, but you SHOULD use a digital scale for exactness. You can always add more oil but you can't take it away.) If you use too much oil you will become frustrated because the oil will not soak upfor you quick enough and you will have to add additional beads. If you don't have any more,it may be even more frustrating. Sooner or later they will dry. You can always add more fragrance, but you cannot take it away!
We suggest you use about (1.5 - 2 oz) of oil.per pound of beads. This is ABOUT 2-3 TBLS. You SHOULD however, use a digital scale. TBLS are not as accurate.
Just be careful not to add too much. You can add additional oil if you feel the need, however, adding more oil is not going to make the beads smell longer or stronger, it just makes it take longer to absorb. Some fragrance oils absorb faster than others. Not all fragrances are equal! Pink Sugar Type is light and will not be as strong or last as long as lets say Mulberry or one of the stronger fragrances.
Using Pigment Powders & Mica Powder: Using pigment powder and mica is a cleaner way to go these days. No muss no fuss. Cleans up 90% of the time with a bleach wipe, depending on the powders. PLEASE use in a ventilated are and do NOT breath in the powders.You can use a paint mask to keep from breathing in particles.
Our containers come with a small measuring spoon, for your ease in measuring. Just put in a spoon or two of the pigment or mica to color. Do not use too much, as it will take longer to cook. Using too much mica in or the beads or afterwards can weaken the plastic so be cautious. Being crazy with mica does not make it prettier, it just makes it look unprofessional!
Just swish the color in the oil until it looks dissolved. You can also use the flat end of a chop stick to mix any that may occasionally clump. IT will still mix in, even if you do not. Add the beads and you are ready to go. The container can have a bit of residue afterwards, but just wipe clean or wash out when complete or use the same container per fragrance/color.
If using Essential oils, BE careful. They absorb twice as fast as fragrance oils and sometimes DPG will help the oil flow better. You can also use DPG to help smooth out the oils or when using essential oils ONLY. We personally use 1.5 to 1.8 ounces of oil per pound of beads. DPG DOES NOT DRY WELL, so if using with E/O's only put in 1/2 teaspoon.
You CANNOT use food coloring or skin safe dye. It will bead up in the oil and come off on your hands or whatever it touches. I have also tried Rit dye. It makes a huge mess and will get all over the place so you should stay away from it.To obtain a very pale color, you can use mica powder to dye. Mica will give a different look to the coloring of your beads.
Add MICA right to the oil and swish. It is easier than adding afterwards. Not too much or they cook poorly!
There are many possibilities. Mix and match scents with different colors. You can add herbs, dried flowers, corn cobs, colored stones, rocks and cut glass. (If adding stones and such, These are not for melting.)Use your imagination. After a while you will become proficient at making your beads.
Sell them by the ounce or by the pound. They are great for profit and fundraisers. Put them in a fancy dish or organza bags.
Good luck and have fun!
There are many recipes out there and people who will tell you an incorrect way to make them because they want to keep you from making money and succeeding! Don't listen to them. Create your own new style and experiment with colors and oils to produce your own style!