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  • Breaking up a large slab of wax

    I've decided to have a go at carving candles (got a really good book on it off ebay by Dana Roberts).

    Anyway... the wax has come in an enormous slab.

    I've tried hitting it with a hammer, but it won't shatter.

    Any tips?

  • #2
    Have you tried a chisel and hammer? Just a thought.
    Ruby xx



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    • #3
      er no idea about things like that but I would assume a hot knife would go a long way?
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      • #4
        What I do with slabs is get a stanley knife and score along the slab where I want it to break then whack it off the corner of a unit. Another way would be to put the slab in a bag (a really thick bin bag kind of thing) and smash away at it with a hammer to break it into smaller chunks.

        HTH.

        Lisa

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        • #5
          Thanks for the tips!

          I'm going to try the bin bag method

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          • #6
            Not for candles, but I get of beeswax in blocks of 10 kgs, I take a sharp heavy duty pointed knife, stick it in the block and whack with a hammer.

            Jane
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            • #7
              Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
              Not for candles, but I get of beeswax in blocks of 10 kgs, I take a sharp heavy duty pointed knife, stick it in the block and whack with a hammer.

              Jane
              For a "purpose"?? or just to de stress! *giggle*

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                For a "purpose"?? or just to de stress! *giggle*
                I use beeswax for soaps, creams, and balms.

                To de stress, I walk up the hill and throw plates against a wall - fantastic therapy - I recommend it.

                Jane
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by greannancrafts View Post
                  I use beeswax for soaps, creams, and balms.

                  To de stress, I walk up the hill and throw plates against a wall - fantastic therapy - I recommend it.

                  Jane
                  best sign you up for Discus Team in the Soapers Olympics then

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sparkysdad View Post
                    best sign you up for Discus Team in the Soapers Olympics then
                    Watch it kid!

                    Jane
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