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    Question asked 2019-06-22 15:39:13 ... Most recent comment 2019-06-24 08:40:03
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    ​Hi All,

    I use candle wax for make art and have been using resin as a sealant. However, it is super shiny and thick. Any suggestions on what I could use to prevent damage and something that is Uber heat heat resistant? Thanks so much and be well! 

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  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    ​If it were my work, I would display in an acrylic enclosure or in a glass-faced case. The last time I saw wax originals by Medardo Rosso, they were all protected by acrylic covers. Regarding a resin protectant, I would imagine the necessary thickness to afford protection from contact and heat would be so heavy as to obscure the original.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2019-06-22 16:08:50
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    ​Thanks..I'll look into it! The resin does mess with the texture....heat will melt the work so that is also an obstacle! 

    2019-06-22 18:42:35
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    One question I would have is how integral is the wax to the meaning or aesthetic experience of the work, or is it being used simply as a way to create a form? If it is not integral, and more used as a sculpting material, you could try making e a mold of the piece and cast the form in a different material that could hopefully provide a similar appearance in a more permanent medium. Its a completely different approach, I realize, but did want to at least throw it out there.

    Sarah Sands, Senior Technical Specialist, Golden Artist Colors
    2019-06-24 08:40:03
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