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Lawrence Duckworth
07-19-2014, 10:24 AM
http://www.beeswaxpolish.com

if you want a can stop by and pick one up. cash and carry only …$12. bucks a can.

Sky Campbell
07-19-2014, 10:57 AM
What exactly is in that stuff besides beewax? Out if curiosity I'm guessing you use this on your metal art but what would you use this for in the glass shop?

Pete VanderLaan
07-19-2014, 02:05 PM
I've seen beeswax worked into the surface of Bronze castings to keep them from oxidizing.

Lawrence Duckworth
07-19-2014, 06:10 PM
Sky, this stuff is great on glass. once you've used this stuff you'll put it on everything

Sky Campbell
07-19-2014, 06:26 PM
Any idea what's in it? When you say great on glass how is it great on glass. Is it a cleaner or a sealer like rainex. I occasionally make a really ugly piece of glass will this make it look good?

Seriously what do you think is in it? What makes it great?

I know your not here to make money on selling this stuff so what's the skinny why do you like?

Lawrence Duckworth
07-19-2014, 07:03 PM
well I can't say whats in it Sky….donno.
a little bit goes a long way on glass though, no finger prints, makes my pumpkins really pop.

Greg Vriethoff
07-20-2014, 02:26 AM
There's a really nice, "old school" wax finish that I learned when I was working with blacksmiths. It involves melting beeswax in a double boiler and cutting it with linseed oil and turpentine. It's a hot finish that you apply with the aid of a torch. Brush it on hot steel, and let it dry. Then buff the hell out of it. Replacing some of the bees with a little carnauba wax will make a tougher coat that buffs out shinier. I think I still have the recipe buried somewhere.

The art of metal patination is something you could spend a lifetime on. There are so many fun things you can do to copper alloys (like bronze). One of my favorite stories was from an American sculptor that studied overseas in Italy. Supposedly, the assistants that worked in the foundry would take the chased sculptures with them on their lunch break, and then rub them with their hands while eating lunch to impart whatever acids and oils they might come into contact with. I don't know if I believe this, but it makes for a good story.

I would sometimes use this (http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=34191556&cp=2568443.2568448.2626059.12140572.2627338) on bronze and brass fixtures after applying a patina with good results.

Dave Bross
07-20-2014, 08:40 AM
For those without a Cash & Carry nearby, here's an inexpensive mail order source:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?code=6531&source=NBSSEMG&gclid=CJGA4JX0078CFTJp7AodgRcAyQ

Eben Horton
07-20-2014, 12:48 PM
well I can't say whats in it Sky….donno.
a little bit goes a long way on glass though, no finger prints, makes my pumpkins really pop.

You haven't tried a 30 minute turndown cycle! That really makes em pop.
So does kuglar canary yellow!

Mike Hanson
07-20-2014, 05:32 PM
Will this work on sandblasted or carved glass like liquid luster?

Lawrence Duckworth
07-20-2014, 07:11 PM
Mike if I were you I'd try it. buy a can from Davids link, thats a great price.

http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?code=6531&source=NBSSEMG&gclid=CJGA4JX0078CFTJp7AodgRcAyQ

Gregg, I've been burning transmission oil and then the Beeswax. be careful not to huff the fumes though.

Greg Vriethoff
07-22-2014, 04:30 AM
Used engine oil is another effective method to get a nice black patina due to all the carbon.

Good ventilation is always a must whenever working with any hot patinas (and even cold ones, in some cases).

I like the story I heard about how Jacque Lipchitz would wrap his bronzes in burlap, and then douse them in gasoline and set them on fire.

Sky Campbell
07-22-2014, 09:30 AM
For those without a Cash & Carry nearby, here's an inexpensive mail order source:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/detail.html?code=6531&source=NBSSEMG&gclid=CJGA4JX0078CFTJp7AodgRcAyQ

Do you mean Florida's own Kash n' karry that are all sweet bays now? If I could pick up a can local I would give it a whirl.

Pete VanderLaan
07-22-2014, 10:56 AM
I ordered one. I almost always do when someone swears by something just so I know. I'll ty it on the sandblasted sconces.

Ray Laubs
08-21-2014, 08:24 AM
Sky, this stuff is great on glass. once you've used this stuff you'll put it on everything


How about bread?

Greg Vriethoff
08-21-2014, 10:53 AM
"Mmm, tastes terrific! And just look at that shine!" (https://screen.yahoo.com/shimmer-floor-wax-000000185.html)