They are a bit expensive but I want to have good tools. Or, should I
just go ahead and buy a few carvers to start with and build my
collection from there?
I am carving wax since last 20 years now. I use a dental lecron
carver of a very good quality, surgical blades no: 15 and no: 11,
hand files, needle files, escapment files,different shapes of burs,
cylindrical, round,conical,etc and of course drill size ranging
from.3mm onwards couple of pin vise to hold different tools i make by
grinding old burs and old worn out needle files I have attached an
electronic light dimmer to my mini electronic iron ( which has a
bulit in transformer) to control the temperature very precisely from
room temparature onward. I have prepared different shapes of tips
from sterling silver wire (different diameres from.5mm, 1mm and
2mm),to fit on the tip of my mini electronic soldereing iron, for
addition,repair and spruning. I sprue all my wax pattern carvings my
self. I keep in mind to use my wax carving tools only and only for
wax carving and not for any other work, so it stays sharp for long
I think that one can prepare all kinds of excelent quality carving
tools from worn our needle files or from high speed 3mm,4mm,6mm,round
rods available from a hardware store, of course one needs a small
bench grinder and waterproof sandpapers starting from
220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000, 3000 mesh which gives the highest
mirror polish on the carving tools.
There are hundred of wax carvers around the world using very basic
and inexpensive tools since years to carve the most intricate designs
I wish you best of luck with your wax carving.
May god bless us all with total health ( Physical -Mental -
spiritual and Social)
Let us strive to be happy.