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Softening German wax


#1

Good Morning Orchid,

I have recently shifted over to using my brown “German Pitch” in my
chase & repose work, and would also like to start to use it to hold
small items I’m engraving. It leaves much less of a mess to clean off
of my silver than the black pitch does. But the way it is now, as it
cools and hardens it seems to take on a very brittle state and does
not seem to “move” very well. As I am working on it the stuff cracks
apart and my piece will pop up out of the wax/pitch.

I was hoping someone here on Orchid might have some recipes to
soften it up a bit to make it slightly more malleable.

I seem to remember a string from a few years ago where people shared
some of their pitch/wax recipes, but I cannot find it when I search.
Does anyone have any great recipes for altering the consistency of
German pitch they would like to share?

Thanks,
Teresa


#2
Does anyone have any great recipes for altering the consistency of
German pitch they would like to share? 

There are some linmks to pitch informatin heRe:
http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/1mn

To make pitch more sticky add venetian turpentine (a drop or two) to
the top surface and mix it in.

To make it more pliable mix in a little sodium stearate (fat for
soap making) to the molten material, to make it harder add a little
fine powder to the molten material (plaster of paris, fine silica).

best
charles


#3

Hi Teresa,

Have you tried working on the pitch at warmer temperatures? You
might find that experimenting with different temps may give you the
movement you want.

Dennis F


#4

Hi Teresa,

Have you tried working on the pitch at warmer temperatures? You
might find that experimenting with different temps may give you the
movement you want.

Dennis F