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Posted: September 13 2013 at 6:49am | IP Logged Quote MachinableWax.com

In my introduction thread, someone asked for a how to. I thought a video we made a few years ago would be helpful. I am not able to upload it here, so I included the brief description, and a link to the video. The same principles apply to the home made versions that float around forums. Including the parafin+plastic mixture I found on this site.

First topic is safety. Proper gloves, long sleeves, and safety glasses are highly recommended when working with this kinds of wax. If this wax touches your skin, it will burn you instantly.

Machinable wax can be recycled and used multiple times. You'll need a way to melt the wax to 290 degrees F and a mold to pour the melted wax into. Aluminum molds usually work best. You can either fabricate a large custom mold or use a simple baking tin for small projects.

Make sure that you use safe practices and don't heat the wax over 300 degrees F.

There are many commercial ovens available for melting large quantities. One rather unique (and inexpensive) method that we have seen for heating small batches on a limited budget is the Presto Cooking Kettle. It has a variable thermostat that provides more control than the typical high-medium-low settings on some appliances.

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Posted: September 13 2013 at 6:53am | IP Logged Quote MachinableWax.com

One thing I would like to add is about cooling. The longer you take to allow the wax to harden, the less shrinkage you get, and the less warping you get. In the video it shows a single blanket covering the mold. You can use many blankets to insulate. Or other methods to insulte, for that matter. The more, the better. Patience pays off in this part of the process. You really get a better result if you do not rush this part of the process.
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