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Step 8: Clean Up the Encaustic Medium

You'll notice that the bottom of each 'cake' has some debris in it. This is the organic material from the damar. There may also be some chunks of pigment. You'll want to scrape this off with the palette knife or butter knife. If your medium is uncolored and you take much wax off you can toss it back into the can to re-melt later as well. Scrape until there's no weird stuff left. As always, you're using a knife and could cut yourself. So don't.
<p>Is Damar and beeswax finish sutable for an old world look on an old pine country table</p>
<p>The soda can pinch is a GREAT idea.</p>
<p>Thanks! I like how you scrape off the debris at the bottom. I've only heard of filtering it out before.</p>
Hi, thank you for offering this instruction. I'm curious, since Damar is actually a form of turpentine can I use that instead of the resin? Thank you, Greta
Are there any type of varnishes that can be used on top of encaustic painting that are premade. i'm really interested in gloss but rock hard finish? what about shellac? thanks .
Hmm; do you happen to know of a plasticizer for pine rosin? Something that will cause it (from an alcohol solution, for example) to dry to nice shiny and durable films instead of crystalizing or something? I understand rosin was used in some old varnishes, and I've got the rosin and assorted other things, but I can't find a formula for an actual rosin-based varnish (which I guess is what I want.)
It's my understanding that 'rosin' is a form of 'resin' (usually just dried out instead of semi-liquid). Linseed oil will dissolve almost any rosin. In fact, linseed oil is one of the best and most archival oil painting materials available. Pine rosin <em>is</em> a really old varnish ingredient and was used on a lot of European furniture. Contemporary violin makers still seem to use quite a bit of it, and here's a link to a recipe and info on how to make pine rosin into varnish:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newviolinfamily.org/forum/showpost.php?s=6a2877ab80678635681e246d51e21652&amp;p=145&amp;postcount=14">http://www.newviolinfamily.org/forum/showpost.php?s=6a2877ab80678635681e246d51e21652&amp;p=145&amp;postcount=14</a><br/><br/>I've never tried that particular formula myself, but being that you're starting with rosin instead of resin it might take a bit more oil to completely dissolve it. There's another (and much more elaborate) recipe available there as well:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.newviolinfamily.org/forum/showpost.php?s=6a2877ab80678635681e246d51e21652&amp;p=113&amp;postcount=12">http://www.newviolinfamily.org/forum/showpost.php?s=6a2877ab80678635681e246d51e21652&amp;p=113&amp;postcount=12</a><br/><br/>These will probably give you a place to start - let me know if you've got any questions about any of it, I've made a lot of my own paint and mediums over the years....<br/>
Thanks. Those look promising...<br/><br/><em>&gt; I've made a lot of my own paint and mediums</em><br/>More fodder for Instructables! I've always been intrigued by &quot;the technology of art&quot;<br/>
If there's interest in them I'll keep making them - a few years ago I was in a LIBRARY (what are those again?) and found a few really old books on art making. I've been playing around with it ever since. And let me know how those recipes turn out if you try them!
Yes please! By the way - I was visiting an artist specializing in encaustic art, during a Open Studios tour this weekend. She used miniature cooking pots from the kids section at Ikea to heat her various encaustic colors on a hotplate. :-D
Cool, I'd wanted to know how to do this! Thanks!
No problem, I'm glad you were interested! I'll always take requests for info on obscure art techniques.... ;-)
This is a really neat artform, it is really different and unique. If you want, you can add this iBle to the <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/group/yourart/">Your Art Group</a> <br/>
Joined and added - thanks! I've got a lot of other things in process that I'll probably add to that group eventually, too!
Thanks. I can't wait to see the others.

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