Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Waxing And Tinting | The Art Of Making Exotic Flowers

Waxing And Tinting | The Art Of Making Exotic Flowers 

Waxing And Tinting | The Art Of Making Exotic Flowers

The following articles will be required to commence waxwork:

Two pounds white wax, one quarter pound hair wire, one bottle carmine, one bottle ultramarine blue, one bottle chrome yellow, two bottles chrome green No. 1, one bottle each of rose pink, royal purple, scarlet powder, and balsam fir; two dozen sheets white wax.

This will do to begin with. Now have a clean tin dish, and pour therein a quart or two of water; then put in about one pound of the white wax and let it boil.

When cool enough so the bubbles will not form on top it is ready to sheet, which is done as follows:

Take half of a window pane, 7 × 9, and, after having washed it clean, dip into a dish containing weak soapsuds; then dip into the wax, and draw it out steadily and plunge it into the suds, when the sheet will readily come off.

Lay it on a cloth or clean paper to dry.

Proceed in like manner until you have enough of the white; then add enough of the green powder to make a bright color, and heat and stir thoroughly until the color is evenly distributed, then proceed as for sheeting white wax.

The other colors are rubbed into the leaves after they are cut out, rubbing light or heavy according to shade.

For patterns you can use any natural leaf, forming the creases in wax with the thumb nail or a needle.

To put the flowers together, or the leaves on to the stem, hold in the hand until warm enough to stick.

If the sheeted wax is to be used in summer, put in a little balsam of fir to make it hard. If for winter, none will be required.

You can make many flowers without a teacher, but one to assist in the commencement would be a great help, though the most particular thing about it is to get the wax sheeted.

Excerpt From The Ladies Book Of Useful Information