Bees Wax Tools & Tips

Jun 21, 2013


Bees Wax is a medium I really enjoy cre­at­ing with and if you are think­ing about giv­ing it a try I thought I would share some tips. First, if you are new to this medium there really is no need to go out and pur­chase expen­sive encaus­tic sup­plies right off, if you find out you love work­ing with wax then you can begin adding high end encaus­tic wax and tools. But for what I do the tools I’m going to tell you about work per­fectly. Insert here… hus­band clap­ping hands and doing a lit­tle happy dance.

The heat tools I use are a Non-Stick Craft Sheet (always work on a Non-Stick Craft Sheet), Heat It Craft Tool, Melt­ing Pot, Clover Quilt­ing Iron and a Wal­nut Hal­low Wood Burn­ing Set. As far as wax, I use Nat­ural and/or White Bees Wax Pel­lets by Ranger and Faber-Castell Bees Wax Crayons for my col­ored wax. If I don’t have the color I really want I dig through a mas­sive box of crayons I’ve col­lected over the years from Terri and Ansley’s grade school days, peel off the wrap­per and start melt­ing. Through trial and error I have dis­cov­ered Cray­ola is the best non-bees wax brand crayon to use.

Bees Wax Crayons

When adding wax polka dots to my projects I use the Wal­nut Hal­low Wood Burn­ing tool and the rounded tip shown in the top photo. You do not need to turn the heat all the way up on this tool. Bees Wax melts pretty quickly so I keep mine dialed low and just hot enough so when I touch the side of the Bees Wax crayon it slowly  melts. In the photo above you can see how the crayons look once cooled. Exper­i­ment with your tools heat set­ting but if the wax smokes or smells like it is burn­ing con­sider the set­ting far too high and turn it down. Just start low as you can always increase the heat.

To apply wax to the edge of a can­vas or scal­lop I use the Wal­nut Hal­low Wood Burn­ing tool with the small tri­an­gle shaped tip that is included with the wood burn­ing set. I place the tip of the Wood Burn­ing Tool onto the end of the Bees Wax Crayon then swipe the edges of the can­vas with the tip. When apply­ing two col­ors as below, I applied the white first then care­fully mak­ing sure not to burn myself, I  wiped the white bees wax off the tip with a paper towel and applied the tan.

Accenting edges

When cov­er­ing the top of a mini can­vas (like the photo below) with Bees Wax I place sev­eral Bees Wax Pel­lets on top, then using the Clover Quilt­ing Iron set on low I melt the Bees Wax Pel­lets by place the iron on top of the pellet(s) and move the iron gen­tly on top of the mini can­vas. I repeat this step until the entire mini can­vas top and sides are cov­ered. Once the mini can­vas is cov­ered, using my Heat It Craft Tool I reheat the wax to help smooth out the surface.

If you are going to cover a large can­vas area I sug­gest you melt the Bees Wax Pel­lets in a Melt­ing Pot. Then using a nat­ural bris­tle brush apply the wax to the can­vas. Then use the Heat It Craft Tool to smooth the wax.

Bees Wax Pellets

I hope this has cre­ated some inter­est into the world of Bees Wax for you. It’s really fun oh and it smells great too. No go exper­i­ment and let me know what you think. Just remem­ber, the tools are hot so be ever so care­ful and use them accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­ers instructions.


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