Apr. 16th, 2009

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Tomorrow after work, I plan to visit a nearby Dollar Store to pick up some cheap candles to melt down so that I can get started on doing some wax carving again. So long as the candle itself isn't painted, if the wax itself is coloured, then it should work well for what I have in mind, which is going to be a birthday present for a friend. (There's just about no chance of her reading this journal, so I can post about it here without worry.)

And even if the wax is painted rather than coloured, I can still work with that. I can scrape the paint off before melting down the wax, or just let the paint mix with the melted wax so it's got a speckled effect. I might give both things a try, if I have the chance, to see which one looks better. Flecks of paint mixed in with clear or white wax might be something I'll want to work with later on, if it works the way I can picture it working. But we'll see.

I'm looking forward to starting this. It's been so long since I've played with wax like this, and my mind is racing with things that I'd like to make from it, effects I'd like to try and all sorts of fun projects. The only bad thing about wax carving and sculpture is that the stuff can break so easily if you're not careful and drop it, or holding it in your hand for too long can soften the wax and ruin the definition of the image. It's pretty much something you put on a shelf and admire, not something you use or fiddle with very often.

But even pretty decorations have their place, after all, and there's no harm in creating something whose only use is to bring a smile to someone's face.


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