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  • Mixing beeswax with paraffin wax

    Does any one mix the two together ? Does it have any adverse effects or does it make little difference, I was thinking of using a 50/50 mix as paraffin wax is a quarter of the price of bees wax, I'm not making candles but dipping ironwork to protect it from going rusty. Any info would be appreciated
    Get the metal hot and make it dance http://www.phoenixforge.co.uk/

  • #2
    Hi,

    From a candle making point of view, paraffin and beeswax are often mixed together. The beeswax raises the melting point of the paraffin and therefore makes the candles longer burning.

    Knowing absolutely nothing about ironwork, I cannot comment on how this may affect your craft.

    Do you usually dip ironwork?
    If so, do you usually use beeswax or paraffin (or something else)?

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    • #3
      Thank you for your reply. I normally dip all of my small items in pure bees wax. I used to do it a piece at a time and rub the wax on when the metal was still hot but its a bit slow so I started dipping the metal work in the wax instead. If it mixes without any problems then its definatly worth a go. I will try a test maybe 10kg of each and let you know how it goes.
      Get the metal hot and make it dance http://www.phoenixforge.co.uk/

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      • #4
        Just out of interest, is the metal still glowing hot at the time you dip it in the wax?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Spencer101 View Post
          Just out of interest, is the metal still glowing hot at the time you dip it in the wax?
          no i have to do it cold, if its too hot it sets the wax on fire which is a nuisance as it smokes the workshop out. happens some times when you lift things out of the wax and forget to turn the gas off.
          Get the metal hot and make it dance http://www.phoenixforge.co.uk/

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          • #6
            That's wat I was worried about!

            Always fancied a go at your craft... Not exactly the sort of thing you can just try at home though.

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