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Beeswax applied as varnish is still tacky

I applied Michael Harding Beeswax to a completed painting. I put my brush directly into the jar and brushed it on. It’s been over a month and it is still sticky, or tacky. The wax did not come with ...
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What materials can be lost wax cast easily?

I am looking to cast a ring using lost wax casting. I know that with my current setup I can cast pure silver, but I got to thinking: why silver? Why not, say, glass? So I am wondering what unusual ...
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Can an oil painting be finished with wax to create a matte finish?

I've heard of paintings being finished with a thin wax coat, but I didn't know if this could be done with oil paintings specifically. If wax is not compatible with dried oil paint, what other ...
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Paraffin candle burnt (or rather melted) WAY too quickly?

So... I'm new to candle making; I got some paraffin (nobody here sells soy wax), molds, stearic acid and other ingredients. Today I was trying the second candle I made; it was not a small candle at ...
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What's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

I heard that colored pencils use wax (or clay) as a pigment vehicle, and crayons (wax pastels) use wax as pigment vehicle. I found recently that crayons are mind blowingly cheap (96 crayola crayons ...
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Eliminating or mending breakage when working with jeweler's wax

I want to make a detailed pendant out of cast silver as a gift, but when doing detailed work, and the wax starts to get thin, it breaks. Is there a way to minimize breakage when working with this wax?...
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How do I prepare a plastic mold to easily release beeswax?

A friend of mine keeps bees, and asked for help cleaning the beeswax he harvested this year. I figured out a solar oven and filtering setup which melts and cleans the wax. However, I've now got a big ...
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Cleanly extract homemade candle from glass or plastic mold?

I have a melted-crayon decorative candle idea, but I can't figure out the last step. The concept is based on melting crayons using the sun & foil, to create art or new crayons. Instead, I want ...