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Beeswax Alternatives-Rosin



Susan,

Rosin is acidic, so it wouldn't do the paper or thread much
good over time.

Not a problem with the hair on your cello/violin bows because
hair is not much affected by acids, and is replaced when it
wears out.

Jack


>Hello list,
>
>I'm thinking about alternatives to beeswax for waxing linen thread.
>I've heard that one vegan bookbinder uses microcystalline wax.
>However, I'd quite like to avoid petroleum products,  so I'm thinking
>about plant-derived substances. I used to play the cello and used
>rosin on my bows - I'd be interested to know if anyone has any
>experience or opinions on using this in bookbinding, or has some ideas
>for alternatives.
>
>Many thanks,
>Susan
>
>------------------------------------
>Susan Green
>www.susangreenbooks.co.uk

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