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Inexpensive wax lubricant?

Is anybody aware of an inexpensive wax lubricant (something that
won’t dissolve the wax)?? Would this same stuff also allow you
to remove poured wax from textured surfaces?? Any Ideas??

Tammy,

Just about everything oily works as a wax lubricant.

I’ve used olive oil, butter, and other nifty preparations from Kerr,
Rio, and Matt.

I like the silicone sprays from castaldo, spritz, or Zero D Products
for a ‘no muss, no fuss’ solution. The spray silicone for jewelry
molds comes out as a very fine mist. Hardware stores even carry a
silicone spray lubricant, but the brand I tried came out of the spray
can in a very coarse spray.

If you’re using organic or porous stones that might absorb the
lubricants, maybe it’s better to use a different technique without
lubricant to get the wax fitted to the stone. I ‘ruined’ a very nice
spider web turquoise back in the 70’s using butter as a wax release.
It was a fine sky blue and ended up a little greenish a month after
I’d set it. I know it was my fault cuz I set it and then put it
away. When I got it back out to sell at a show, its color was
changed.

Chuck from Asheville (well, today I’m in Las Cruces where the Sun is
doing its best to burn through some low clouds.)

    Is anybody aware of an inexpensive wax lubricant (something
that won't dissolve the wax)??  Would this same stuff also allow
you to remove poured wax from textured surfaces??  Any Ideas?? 

One mold release is PAM from the grocery store. Another is “tire
shine” a silicone fluid from an auto parts store. Apply a thin coat
to the pattern.

jesse

Is anybody aware of an inexpensive wax lubricant (something that
won't dissolve the wax)??  Would this same stuff also allow you to
remove poured wax from textured surfaces??  Any Ideas?? 

Liquid detergent or a paste of old bits of soap dissolved in water.

Best Wishes
Ian
Ian W. Wright
Sheffield UK

Have you tried Armour All? Works well with softer foundry waxes and
clays. Personal lubricants (KY, Astro Glide, etc.) work for some
wax work (different brands have different characteristics) as does
liquid soap. Also just heating the tools in a cup of warm-to-hot
water helps in some situations. Just try some different things and
see what you can come up with as some folks like this over that or
use different things for different work situations.

John Dach

I use brown sculpture wax which is very cheap

www.robertwhiteside.com