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Information regarding skin friendly wax candle additives

As far as I'm aware for BDSM purposes you want to get the melting point low enough to not burn the skin, but high enough for the recipient to have intense sensations. Paraffin and soy wax are common ...
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Beeswax applied as varnish is still tacky

The only beeswax product by Michael Harding I was able to find is Beeswax paste, which has a "high oil content" as it is mixed with linseed stand oil, explaining the long drying time. This product is ...
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Can an oil painting be finished with wax to create a matte finish?

Pure beeswax is compatible with oil paint and you can use it as a top coat or "varnish" on oil paints to provide a matte finish. There are also cold wax mediums and varnishes that you can use with ...
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Cleanly extract homemade candle from glass or plastic mold?

Wax and Glass have very different rates of thermal expansion. Once the liquid wax has cooled and become solid, and you don't think the glass is at a risk of shattering, I would suggest putting the wax ...
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Eliminating or mending breakage when working with jeweler's wax

As I recall there are grades of microcrystalline wax available in different hardnesses and melting temperatures, so do try others. I have always used a moldable base to support detailed work. Pitch ...
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What's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

Quality will be much higher with pencils. The softness of crayons dramatically reduces your precision when drawing, and they have a tendency to "skip" - I guess because of the higher amounts of wax ...
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How do I add fragrance when making homemade candles?

Yes, you can use essential oils to to make homemade candles. Make sure you add it into the wax mixture when creating it and never add it directly on the top of a pre-made candle because essential oils ...
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What's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

Cheap or expensive, crayons are softer, pencils are harder. Pencils will scratch off crayons but I see no problem with using crayons over pencils. However, cheap crayons are really not worth it. ...
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Eliminating or mending breakage when working with jeweler's wax

Is this to make a pattern for investment casting? If so, any wax or plastic (with no filler like Fiberglass) can be used. When I worked in the industry they made patterns of paraffin wax and used ...
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How do I prepare a plastic mold to easily release beeswax?

Sounds like you're looking for a mold release agent. Some examples of release agents are: Pam Cooking Spray Olive Oil applied with a spray pump Industrial Mold Release Agents such as McLube All of ...
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What's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

I have found over the years that sometimes the cheaper crayons and pencils can be better than the expensive ones, but it takes time and experimentation to find what works well and what is truly junk. ...
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What materials can be lost wax cast easily?

It depends: What is your mold material ? I expect any type of glass would fuse to any ceramic mold materials I am familiar with ( mostly alumina). And many glasses get soft and bendable at 1500 F , ...
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Paraffin candle burnt (or rather melted) WAY too quickly?

Commercial candles normally have a higher melting temperature wax on the outer surface. This retains a pool of low temperature wax to be drawn up the wick by capillary action.
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Paraffin candle burnt (or rather melted) WAY too quickly?

You did not do anything wrong, except leave a candle burning for hours unattended. Candles melt when burning, and five hours is not a short time in a regular candles life.
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