Modelling Materials - WAXES
Tiranti has always offered a varied range of waxes including, modelling waxes, casting wax, paraffin wax, carving wax, beeswax, and microcrystalline wax are all used in various artistic and casting applications. Here are the uses and differences between these types of waxes:
Modelling Wax: Modelling wax such as Scopas White, Terracotta and Type B are soft and pliable wax that is used for sculpting and modeling by hand. Supplied in solid block form and can be easily softened by the heat and action of being worked between the fingers. Modelling waxes can be filled with inert powders like talc to enhance workability or used unfilled for lost-wax or investment casting methods. They are available in different hardnesses and properties
Casting Wax: Casting wax such as Green Casting Wax is specifically formulated for the lost-wax casting method. It is used to create wax patterns that are later transformed into metal through the casting process. Casting waxes are designed to have good flow properties, allowing for intricate details and smooth surfaces in the final cast piece.
Paraffin Wax: Paraffin wax is a commonly used wax that is versatile and has a low melting point. It is often used in candle making, but it can also be used in sculpting and modeling. Paraffin wax is relatively hard and can be carved or shaped, but it is not as pliable as some other waxes, and should be used in a well ventilates area due to the emission of Paraffin fumes when melted.
Carving Wax: Carving wax is a harder wax that is specifically designed for wax carving and jewelry making. It comes in different colors and hardness levels, with green and blue being commonly used. Carving waxes are ideal for creating sharp edges, intricate carvings, and delicate engravings.
Beeswax: Beeswax is a natural wax produced by bees and is often used in various artistic applications. It is soft and pliable, making it suitable for sculpting and modeling. Beeswax can be melted and used as a binder or additive to other waxes to modify their properties.
Microcrystalline Wax: Microcrystalline wax is a pliable and slightly sticky wax that has a smaller crystal structure compared to beeswax or paraffin wax. It is often used in sculpting and modeling due to its flexibility and ease of bending. Microcrystalline wax can be blended with other waxes to modify their hardness
. Each type of wax has its own unique properties and uses. Modelling wax is versatile for sculpting, while casting wax is specifically designed for the lost-wax casting process. Paraffin wax is commonly used in various applications, while carving wax is ideal for jewelry making. Beeswax is a natural option, and microcrystalline wax offers flexibility. The choice of wax depends on the specific requirements of the project and the desired characteristics of the final piece.