Warm wax

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  • J00043 Warm wax
  • J00043 Warm wax
  • J00043 Warm wax
  • J00043 Warm wax
  • J00043 Warm wax
  • J00043 Warm wax
After introducing to you the differences of cold and warm wax in this journal article, here are a couple examples for using warm wax in silk painting.

The pattern of this Jacquard scarf was created in several layers. For that, the scarf is first stretched and the hot wax is spread in separate fine lines boldly over the whole surface, using a tjanting tool. These spaces will later stay white.

The tjanting tool is a small metal pot with a wooden handle and a pouring tube, that is available in different sizes. It can comfortably be held in your hand and loosely moved over the silk. A very old, traditional hand tool from the Indonesian batik artists!
After the first wax layer, paint in shades of pastel blue is applied. After drying, another layer of wax is applied, this time using a bristle brush. Afterward, silk paint and wax keep alternating, until the desired color intensity is reached.

Important to know: Hot wax only soaks into silk that is entirely dry; which means the color has to dry completely between the different wax applications.

If too much wax is used, it should be removed by ironing it between newspaper before the fixation process is started. After fixing the scarf, distracting wax rests can easily be removed through dry cleaning.

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