I forget where this thread started but here are a couple of
hints for wax carving and drawing patterns. 1. start with a
pattern drawn with templates and other mechanical means, i.e.
very simple outlines from a single perspective. do 2 to 4
drawings one front, one side, one top, one bottom. 2. make xerox
copies and cut and paste them to a block of wax. the wax should
be cut square (use a model makers square or protactor) and
center lines should be marked so you can center each
drawing.rubber cement or cantact cement work for adhesive. 3.after
you glue the copies on the wax transfer the image to the wax by
piercing the lines with a neddle point or cutting them with a
exacto knife. 4.remove the paper and you have a pattern transfered
to the wax. cut and carve add and subtract as needed.
1.I use and exacto knife that the blade has been ground long and
thin with a seperating disk. Keep it sharp!
2.basic set of small files
3.set of drafting deviders. very sharp points that touch at full
close. i use these to mark center lines. make circles etc.
4.hot tool . can be soldering iron, dentist tools heated over a
alcohol lamp to the very expensive wax tools. (cheapest i have
seen is soldering tool attached to an electric fan speed control,
just add very small tips)
5. sand paper for finishing, moisten with wax clean or mineral
spirits to keep from filling paper. silk cloth with wax clean or
mineral spirits for polish. ( you can also flame polish, but you
better practice a lot before you try it on and important piece.
I know some of this is not all the you need so if you have
specific questions e-mail me at [email protected]