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Sculpting Wax Help
Beachbumz
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Joined: Jan 09, 2008
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2010-09-17 11:34 am   Permalink

Were can I purchase sculpting wax online?
I used a regular candle to sculpt my first mug, when I went to make the plaster mold the wax melted to the inside of the mold when it got hot.. It still worked but it seemes to take a long time to for the slip clay to dry and get thick since the tiny holes in the plaster were clogged with the wax...
Anyways if anyone has a source for some sculpting wax that's about the size of a mug let me know..

Mahalo's



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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-09-17 3:40 pm   Permalink

I sculpted my first one with a pillar candle too! Mine candle didn't melt when the plaster heated but your mold looks much better than mine did. Sorry I can't help you with you sculpture wax, I've only made a few molds and most of them were modified "found" objects.

I know the are several different types of wax with different characteristics. I also know some of the artists closely guard their wax brand and source, let's see if you get and responses?

I'm not a professional and have not tried this but you could try to salvage the mold. Cured plaster holds up to water pretty good, maybe a short boiling water and detergent bath would dissolve that wax? If the mold is already shot, you don't have much to lose.


 
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phinz
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Joined: Dec 30, 2007
Posts: 196
From: Southeast of Disorder
Posted: 2010-09-17 6:03 pm   Permalink

Check out: http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/Wax/Micro.htm
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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2010-09-18 09:59 am   Permalink

Mahaloz MadDogMike, Phinz, I actually got most of the melted candle off w/ some rubbing alcohol and have been able to use the mold.. I was just looking for a better wax, one that would not melt and that is in a cylinder shape ready to be carved... I sent a few emails out to some places and maybe I'll get some responses.. We don't have one ceramic shop here on the Island so it's hard to get answers locally..


 
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MauiTiki
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Joined: Jan 20, 2003
Posts: 700
From: A rock in the middle of the Ocean
Posted: 2010-09-24 11:55 am   Permalink

Scott, try email gecko, I bet he can hook you up.



 
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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-09-24 1:17 pm   Permalink

Hey Scott,

You may be better off trying to work with an oil clay build up on your next master...try a Roma 3 or 4. You can slice, and heat the clay to hand workable with the heat of a single light bulb - you can tool work it as it cools....play with it, you'll see...

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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2010-09-24 3:48 pm   Permalink

Hi Babalu, that's next on my list. Wendy

 
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Beachbumz
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From: Kihei, Maui
Posted: 2010-09-25 11:56 pm   Permalink

Babalu, I think I'll try that type of oil clay, I used some regular clay I got to use for the plaster mold but it dried so quickly.. I might even be able to get it hear on the rock...
Mahaloz for the help..





 
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