Bees Wax Tools & Tips

Jun 21, 2013

Tools

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.

Hugs!

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