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- To: Multiple recipients of list BOOK_ARTS-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
- Subject: Re: Help...please
- From: Erich Dahl <edahl@EFN.ORG>
- Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 20:36:43 -0800
- Message-Id: <199611230434.UAA14668@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
On Thu, 21 Nov 1996 R Starr wrote:
>Beeswax will work. I think that a better solution would be to use the
>waxes employed in encaustic "painting".
Actually, straight beeswax is the standard for encaustic. Some painters
also use "cold encaustic" which is usually a mix of wax, oil, and varnish.
Neither one would really have the flexibility and strength for use in a
book though (and the oil in the second mixture would neccesitate a size
of some sort to protect the paper).
I have done some books that had heavy wax on them. My approach was to
use a thick rigid paper to reduce the forces on the wax, and then just to
accept that they were extremely fragile.
That may not be much of a solution though.
>> >I am working on a single edition of a book and would like to incorporate
>> >candle wax as a "decorative" element on some of the text pages. Any
>> >suggestions on how to to do this without the wax cracking, peeling, etc.
>> >would be greatly appreciated.