Karen, beeswax can be used in lost wax casting, but you may find it
too soft to hold up in make a three dimensional design and the
surface not hard enough to make sharp cuts or carvings. If you’re
interested in working with soft material, wherein you could work on
it without heat, try the sculpture wax…it’s good for small
sculpture and water forming, but not for making rings, etc. Beeswax
mixed with pine pitch and a little paraffin, is usually melted in a
double boiler and kneaded over and over to get it to a plastic
consistency and pulled like taffy to to make a stringy-tape like
designs. Formulas on the mixture are a well kept secret by the
artists. But, here in Japan there are two (one soft and the other
medium ) ready-made products on the commercial market. Since you
already know about the build-up technique and the hard carving wax,
we won’t go into those.
Min Azama in Tokyo.