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Melt Art™ BeesWax

Melt Art™ BeesWax

Melt Art BeesWax all-natural pellets are ideal for use in the Melting Pot™. BeesWax can be used to brush over craft and paper projects, to pour into molds, or it can be dipped into from the Melting Pot® to coat chipboard or ephemera.

Melting BeesWax
Because the melting temperature of BeesWax is lower than for Ultra Thick Embossing Powder™ (UTEE™), it is recommended to melt BeesWax in a Melt Art® Project Pan.  Working over a Non-Stick Craft Sheet™ to protect your work surface, pour BeesWax pellets into the Project Pan fitted into the Melting Pot and cover with lid.  The melting point is about 146 degrees, but with the Project Pan you will need to raise the temperature higher on the thermostat control.   Once the BeesWax melts, then lower the temperature to about 146 degrees while working with it.  Caution:  Do not overheat since wax is highly flammable.  For initial melting do not go above 300 degrees.  Do not leave melting BeesWax unattended.  Not recommended for children-supervise at all times.  Let cool before handling. 

Techniques
BeesWax can enhance craft and art projects in many creative ways: 

·         Use to coat surface of paper, chipboard, paper mache, canvas, or cardboard.

·         Brush on or dip Memory Glass™, sea glass, wood, dominos, chipboard, etc. to create added dimension.

·         Pour BeesWax from the Melting Pot onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet.  While it is still warm, stamp into it.  Let dry completely, remove from the Non-Stick Craft Sheet and use as an embellishment for your project.

·         Add Melt Art® To Dye For™ colorants into melted BeesWax in the Melting Pot and stir well to colorize.  Since these colorants are made specifically for heat, they are ideal for colorizing BeesWax!

·         Add Perfect Pearls™ pigment powders to BeesWax.  Whether added to BeesWax in the Melting Pot or brushed on cooled BeesWax, your results will shimmer.

·         Perfect Pearls rubbed onto BeesWax provides a soft feel and reduces the tackiness of wax—great for Altered Art projects.

·         Use Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers or Adirondack® Dimensional Pearls™ to dab on top of brushed wax; wipe off excess to create a glaze-like effect.  Heavier paint application will remain in the crevices or stamped impressions in the BeesWax, creating contrast and dimension!

·         Paint wood or paper surface with Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers or Adirondack Dimensional Pearls.  Then layer with Beeswax.  Let dry.  Add extra layers if more dimension is desired.

·         Use Adirondack® Dye Ink Stamp Pads and Inkssentials™ Cut n’ Dry Foam™ to coat dry BeesWax for subtle color.

·         Use Archival™ Jet Black Ink Stamp Pad to stamp under or on top of BeesWax.

·         Pour into one-of-a-kind reusable molds created with Melt Art® Mold n’ Pour™.

·         If you don’t like a “waxy” feel to your Papercrafts project, you can heat it with the Ranger Heat It™ Craft Tool on the BeesWax; it will soak into the paper for a soft effect.  

Clean Up of BeesWax
After you are done working with Beeswax for a crafting session, turn off the Melting Pot.  You can clean up Beeswax in two ways: 

1.       Let the BeesWax cool and harden in the Project Pan in the Melting Pot.  When the Project Pan is completely cooled, remove it from the Melting Pot and set aside for another crafting session.  By dedicating a Project Pan to BeesWax, you are always ready to go and melt again right in the same pan.

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2.       Pour out the melted Beeswax onto the Non-Stick Craft Sheet, let harden and cool before removing from the Craft Sheet.  Store the solid Beeswax in a plastic bag until the next session.  The BeesWax easily cleans out of the Project Pan since there is not much wax residue left on the surface of the pan.  While the Project Pan is still in the Melting Pot and it is still very warm, carefully wipe out any excess wax in the pan with a paper towel before it hardens.     Use caution as the Melting Pot and Project Pan can still be hot to the touch!  The Project Pan can then be used for another project.