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Re: Re: batik

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Ginny Rockwood (
02 Jun 1999 12:56:50 GMT

When I batik I use an electric skillet to melt the wax (yard sales are a good
source.) It keeps the wax at a constant temperature without overheating. (If
you notice "smoke" coming off the surface of melted wax turn down the
temperature immediately. Parrafin has a flash point where it will suddenly
ignite. Very dangerous. Also be sure to provide adequate ventilation.
Parrafin is a petroleum product, and when heated it will emit fumes.) I cut
a notch in the wooden handle of the tjanting stick and set it on the edge of
the skillet. The students use a small scrap of newspaper under the needle to
get the stick from the skillet to their fabric. Practice first so you get the
right temperature for the type of wax(es) you are using. Hot enough not to
sit on the surface and cool enough not to run into areas you don't want
covered. Parrafin is hard & tends to crack a lot, if that's what you like. I
mix my parrafin with beeswax for a softer crackle. Have fun.

Ginny Rockwood
Brattleboro Area Middle School
Brattleboro, VT