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Allison B. Cooke
Allison B. Cooke, Homage, 30"x30", oil/cold wax and mixed media on panel, 2012
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Allison B. Cooke
Allison B. Cooke, Homage, 30"x30", oil/cold wax and mixed media on panel, 2012

WAX RECIPES ADAPTED FROM MASSEY'S FORMULAS FOR PAINTERS

(Robert Massey, Watson-Guptill Publications, NY)

Always use proper ventilation when working with solvents.

Wax Paste

  • 1 part: Beeswax
  • 3 parts: Turpentine

In a double-boiler, melt the beeswax (break into chunks). Remove from heat. Stir in turpentine until a soft paste forms(if possible, do this outdoors). You can make this thinner by adding up to 6 parts turpentine.

Wax, damar resin, oil

  • 4 parts: Beeswax
  • 1 part: Damar crystals
  • 1 part: Sun thickened linseed oil
  • 12 parts: Turpentine

Melt wax, linseed oil carefully in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add damar crystals and turpentine. For a thick, buttery, but light consistency in an oil paint, wax combines well with fast drying soft resin and heavy oil.

RECIPE FROM JEANNE MORRISON FOR CWM MADE WITH CITRUS SOLVENT:

Fill a jar with chunks of beeswax and pour in orange oil, cap and let sit at room temperature for a couple of days, shaking or stirring once in a while. No heating is required at all. Jeanne suggests that you can try adding damar crystals also, though this is not something she herself has done.

Jeanne recommends that the orange oil should be 100% distilled orange peels, no water or other fillers added. She uses Citrus King Orange Oil http://citrusdepot.net/dLimonene.html. Search online for additional suppliers.