In prep for my upcoming Cold Wax and Oil workshop, I have been making up a a few batches of Cold Wax Medium. After a couple of 'kitchen chemistry' mishaps -- tipped jars of melted wax into the water -- I think I have it down, and am loving the look of the cute little jam jars (Dollar Store purchase). The wax is beautifully white, and smells nice!
I have tried several recipes; these latest batches are from the recipe in Serena Barton"s book "Wabi-Sabi; Painting with Cold Wax :
Melt 1 part Damar resin ( I used 40 grams)
6 parts beeswax (I used ~250 grams , or 1 cup)
Turn off heat and add equal amount of Gamsol (odourless mineral spirits from Gamblin) (I used 1 cup )
Stir and let cool.
** Be sure to have adequate ventilation. Although I could smell nothing, I wore a mask when I added the Gamsol-- as the fumes are not good:(
I have bought both Dorlands and Gamblin's Cold Wax medium- both fabulous, but very expensive, hence my making some of my own, especially for use with in workshops.