I’m an avid Orchid reader and have not previously sent a request for
I’m trying to make mitsuro wax. I made the first batch this week
Following the directions that i gleaned from a number of different
writers on Orchid.
I melted the bees wax at 300F, using a temperature controlled
Skillet, and then slowly added powdered pine resin, stirring to help
it Dissolve. I found the the resin would get pasty and fall to the
bottom of The pan in which I was melting it. The resin formed "globs"
on the bottom Of the pan. To assist in dissolving the resin, I
gradually increased the Temperature of the skillet to about 450F.
More of the resin seemed to Dissolve. At this point I added
microcrystalline wax to the mixture and Thoroughly mixed it in.
I cast the molten wax through cheese cloth into a silverstone cookie
Pan and let it cool. The cheese cloth captured a significant amount
of Undissolved pine resin. The wax sheet looked fine. The sheet was
easily Removed from the silverstone cookie an by just twisting the
the formulation that I used was:
bees wax 400 grams
pine resin 100 grams
microcrystalline wax 50 grams
I’ve tried to “work” the wax by stretching it to develop the
Texture, but it stretches very little before breaking.
can anyone who has made mitsuro wax offer any advice on how to get a
you assistance is appreciated.