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Recipes for Cold Wax Painting dating from 1890's

Masseys Formula for Painters(Robert Massey, Watson-Guptill Publications)


1: Massey



2: Massey



3: author unknown


4: The Painters Handbook Gottsegen M D


5: author unknown



6: Henry Thomas



7: Norman Daly
Cornell University

1: Basic Wax
1 part: Beeswax
3 parts: Turpentine
In a double-boiler, melt the beeswax (break into chunks). Remove from heat. Stir in turpentine until a soft paste forms (if possible, do this outdoors).

2: Wax, damar resin, oil
4 parts: Beeswax
1 part: Damar crystals
1 part: Sun thickened linseed oil
12 parts: Turpentine
Melt wax, linseed oil carefully in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add damar crystals and turpentine.

3: Wax and Oil medium
1 part bleached beeswax
2 parts linseed, sun-thickened, or stand oil
1-2 drops Cobalt or CoZiCa drier(optional)
Heat the oil in a double boiler. Slowly add the beeswax in small pieces, stirring until all the wax has been melted into the oil. Cobalt or CoZiCa drier can be added to speed drying. The consistency should be that of lard. Store in a sealed glass container.

4: Wax and Oil
White Beeswax;
Oily or resinous ingredients; linseed oil or 3 parts damar plus 1 part Venice turpentine.
Heat wax with caution, remove from heat and stir in oily or resinous ingredient. Added ingredients should not exceed 25% of wax consider wax to be 4 parts, oily/resinous 1 part.

5: Wax and Resin
10 parts beeswax
2 parts Damar
Melt the beeswax. Melt the resin and filter through muslin. Combine beeswax and resin, don't overheat. Cool before potting.

6: Wax; oil; dammar; Venice turps
1 part dammar
1 part oil
2 parts beeswax
1 part VT
Melt dammar and strain. Melt beeswax, oil, dammer in pan over water. Remove from heat add VT Allow to cool before putting in tins.

7: Wax; oil; damar
7 parts beeswax
1 part sun-thickened linseed oil
1 part damar
1 part paraffin wax
Melt all together. Thin with turpentine

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