I have just started to attempt wax carving and am wanting to
purchase an electric wax pen. It seems the prices are all over the
board on these and I am not sure which way to turn. Any advice on
which pen would be a good place to start and grow with.
I actually went through this. What I actually like better is a lamp
with hand tools. But Rio does have a “less expensive” pen setup - I
can’t remember the name right now - but it’s the lower priced of
their options. It has a red hand piece and plugs into a base that has
variable temperatures. I have one and like it quite a bit because of
the temperature control.
The best advice I can give is don’t buy the foredome wax system. Mine
cops out when the temperature gets higher. The darn thing only worked
right for about a month then malfunctioned. It wasn’t worth the
Cry Baby Designs
Whaley Studios has a reasonable one, however I couldn’t enlarge the
picture to see more details. Whaleystudios.com
I had purchased an micro electronic soldering iron which is used in
elecronic industries to solder miniature circuits, to this iron in
series i connected an electronic fan regulator or you can call it a
dimmer, and now it controls the temperature from room to the maximum
of the capacity of soldering iron,normally it is 250 degrees
I think you can get this electronic soldering iron of good quality
for $15 to 20 approximately.
I made different tips from silver wire for this above wax pen.
Hope this helps.
May all be peaceful,happy and healthy (mentally, Physically,
Spiritually and Socially)
Umesh, great idea! I love my little electric soldering iron I got
for 18 bucks, but I couldn’t think how to “dim” the heat.
I’m sorry to learn of your problem with our wax carver. It should
not be giving you trouble, please send it back for a warranty repair
Foredom Sales Manager
This looks very much like a hobby kit sold by Harbor Freight for $10
to $15 ( don’t know part # right now) and a router speed control (
light dimmer) they sell for about $13. These are what I use not
fancy- but they work.
I re-organized my studio a couple of months ago, and freed up a
bench for wax work. I had collected three wax pens, so I plugged them
into an power strip and plugged that into an off/on foot switch. I
turn on the power switch to the wax pen that I want to use, and
select the temperature setting, and use the foot switch to turn it
off and on, giving me additional control over the wax melting
temperature while I am working. I have different tips on each wax
pen, I just turn on the one I need. I used to have just one pen on
the foot switch, this was easier than trying to remember the location
of three foot controls…
The Harbor Freight heat pen is called a hobby tool kit item 38593
$9.99 today will be higher sometimes. The control is Router speed
control item 43060 $159.99 today was $12.95 recently and will be
again. Special tips can be made by silver brazing wires or whatever
to 8-32 brass screws .