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Brewing up good stuff

June 22, 2014

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It’s Sunday and time to brew up a wax concoction. I started with raw bees wax (below image) and added lots of chunks of Damar resin (above image). For those of you who are new to the blog, I’m in  the process of creating an installation artwork to be placed in a rural town 20 miles south of home. The wax will be used to coat a wire and paper sculpture.

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This was not a quick cooking process. Fortunately, I was able to entertain myself with 3 world cup matches as everything melted. It took several hours to brew it to the right consistency.

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Eventually, it reached the correct melt zone.

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And then it was placed in containers to cool. It kind of looks like beef broth with a big old fat layer solidifying on the surface.

cooling

I’m not certain if I really did it right because the color is fairly dark, but I don’t think it will make a bit of difference with the final sculpture. I was impressed at the change of clarity in the molten wax: once the resin was fully melted, the wax became transparent when dry. Now all that I’m waiting on is the glue. Guess I should clean the electric skillet out and get ready for the new wax. Also high time to start twisting wire into pod and flower forms. More to come this week! Or so I hope!

🙂

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2014 3:11 am

    I love seeing the processes that artists go through 🙂

    • paperstew permalink*
      June 23, 2014 9:23 am

      Maybe I’ll actually do a little video work this time around. 🙂

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