I found an interesting tool for wax model makers. It’s a battery
powered soldering iron. This is a true soldering iron. It works off
of 3 AA batteries. It produces 6 watts. I have used it to mend blue
carving wax. Works very well. It is about 1.4 X 1 X 6 inches. It is
very easy to handle while using it. It takes a few seconds to heat
up. It will burn the wax if left on for more than about 15 seconds.
The tip is a pointed 1/8 inch rod. I imagine the tip could be filed
to form a chisel point is so desired. It cost around $20.
There is also a battery powered soldering iron on the market that
has a graphite tip. This iron only works when the tip touched metal.
It won’t work on wax so be cautious when buying one.
The working soldering iron is a Weller. Model number BP645. I bought
it at Home Depot.
Look forward to seeing many of you at the Orchid Dinner,