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Waxing Handmade Paper?
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Waxing Handmade Paper?
- From: Dorothy Africa <africa@LAW.HARVARD.EDU>
- Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 08:36:04 -0400
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I routinely use microcrystaline wax on paper I have used to cover
boards or boxes. It darkens the paper initially, but only once has the
darkening remained after the wax dried. I put it on with a piece of
waxed paper, so sometimes it streaks, but this doesn't matter after it
has dried. On a rough textured paper one might need to be more careful
in the application, or perhaps use a thin paste wash to make sure the
bits were all firmly attached to the matrix before waxing? Anyhow, the
paper is a bit harder and more water resistant after waxing. I often
buff it a bit with a soft cloth when dry to raise a sheen on the paper
I would suggest trying a bit of wax on a paper scrap and letting it
dry well before applying wax to the full sheet or covered piece. I do
the waxing after covering so that I don't have to worry about the wax
interfering with areas where I will be applying glue.