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Waxes, Adhesives and Sizes

A range of raw materials sold by weight.

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  1. HMG B72 Restoration Adhesive

    HMG B72 Restoration Adhesive

    £7.70

    B72 Acrylic Adhesive is touch dry in 3-5 minutes, surface dry in 1 hour and hard dry in around 6 hours. Not having instant grab, fragments can be easily re-adjusted and surplus adhesive removed with acetone, making any joint virtually invisible. It’s ideal for repairs to pottery, wood, metal, glass, ivory and many porous substances. 14ml. Learn More
  2. HMG Acrylic Restoration Adhesive

    HMG Acrylic Restoration Adhesive

    £6.00

    HMG Acrylic Restoration Adhesive. Heat and waterproof adhesive for repairs to pottery, wood, porcelain, leather etc. Not suitable for use on rubber. 14ml. Learn More
  3. Japan Wax

    Japan Wax

    Starting at: £13.50

    A by-product of lacquer production, Japan Wax has a low melting point of 50-52°c. It is very soft and pale yellow in colour, and can be incorporated into lithographic crayons, pastels, and polishing compounds.

    While stocks last.

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  4. Microcrystalline Wax

    Microcrystalline Wax

    Starting at: £8.50

    Microcrystalline Wax is related to paraffin wax, and is used as a plasticiser in some recipes. Learn More
  5. Paraffin Wax

    Paraffin Wax

    Starting at: £6.60

    Paraffin Wax is a by-product of the petro-chemical industry. It has a low melting point of 50-60°c and a brittle texture, making it unsuitable for encaustic painting or as an additive to oil paints, but it can be used to impart softness to lithographic crayons. As a petroleum product, it is more inert than animal or vegetable waxes, and is therefore not saponified (turned into soap) by alkali substances. Learn More
  6. Acticide SPX

    Acticide SPX

    Starting at: £4.20

    Acticide SPX Preservative Learn More
  7. Carboxyl Methyl Cellulose

    Carboxyl Methyl Cellulose

    Starting at: £7.20

    Carboxyl Methyl Cellulose. PH between 6- 8. Learn More
  8. Carrageen Moss

    Carrageen Moss

    Starting at: £51.00

    Commonly used as a thickener and stabiliser in milk products such as ice cream and processed foods. It may also be used as a thickener in calico-printing and for fining beer or wine. Learn More
  9. Casein Lactic

    Casein Lactic

    Starting at: £18.30

    Casein is a protein derived from dried milk, which has been used in painting since ancient times. It can be combined with Ammonium Carbonate to form an emulsion, which acts as a durable, non-resoluble binder for pigments, producing a matte, fast-drying paint, similar in appearance to egg tempera. We use casein as a binder for our L. Cornelissen & Son Pigment Colour Charts, as it is a medium that clearly showcases the characteristics and behaviour of each pigment in its pure form. Casein paints can be applied in thin layers to watercolour paper, but would require a more rigid support, such as a gesso panel, to be applied thickly, as the comparative inflexibility of the paint layer means that it can be prone to cracking. Subsequent layers of paint should be more diluted to aid adhesion, and impasto effects are not recommended. It is possible to varnish casein paintings using an acrylic or damar varnish to obtain a glossy surface if desired, although this is not a necessary step. Casein can also be used as an ingredient in gesso, and is a suitable binder for fresco secco techniques.

    Some pigments may require a wetting agent in order to fully disperse within the binder, in which case alcohol may be used.

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  10. Isinglass

    Isinglass

    Starting at: £20.00

    Isinglass is derived from the dried swim bladders of fish, with Salianski Isinglass being the highest grade available. In the Russian Icon tradition, it commonly provided the glue component in gesso recipes, and was sometimes mixed with pigment to make tempera paints, due to its high binding strength. It can be used to make a pale, clear glue, which is less prone to darkening than other animal glues, and which is particularly flexible, making it a useful material for repairing textiles. Learn More
  11. Parchment Clippings

    Parchment Clippings

    Starting at: £9.90

    Parchment Clippings, usually waste goatskin vellum, were utilised throughout the Middle Ages to make an animal hide glue. This continued to be commonly used as a sizing for canvas before rabbit skin glue came to prominence in the nineteenth century. Parchment glue is comparable to isinglass glue, as it also produces a very pale, almost transparent glue with a degree of flexibility. Our parchment clippings are a mixture of vellum scraps, and may include goatskin, calfskin and sheepskin. Cennino Cennini gives a recipe for gesso using parchment in his treatise about painting; please see below for our recipe. Learn More
  12. Bleached Beeswax

    Bleached Beeswax

    Starting at: £12.30

    Beeswax is derived from melted honeycomb, and is available in two grades. Bleached Beeswax Pellets are white, having been bleached by the sun, and are an appropriate choice for using with pale colours, although they may revert to yellow over time. Natural Beeswax Pellets are yellow in colour, and offer a more flexible structure with a higher resin content. Beeswax has a melting point of 63-66°c, and may turn brown if over-heated. It is the most widely used wax in artists' materials, having a wide range of applications. Please see below for more details.

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  13. Natural Beeswax

    Natural Beeswax

    Starting at: £11.20

    Beeswax is derived from melted honeycomb, and is available in two grades. Bleached Beeswax Pellets are white, having been bleached by the sun, and are an appropriate choice for using with pale colours, although they may revert to yellow over time. Natural Beeswax Pellets are yellow in colour, and offer a more flexible structure with a higher resin content. Beeswax has a melting point of 63-66°c, and may turn brown if over-heated. It is the most widely used wax in artists' materials, having a wide range of applications. Please see below for more details.

     

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  14. Carnauba Wax Grey

    Carnauba Wax Grey

    Starting at: £8.40

    Carnauba Wax is the hardest wax commonly used in the production of artists' materials, with a melting point of 83-86°c. It is derived from a tree native to South America, and is available in a natural colour (grey), or a refined colour (pale yellow). Small amounts of carnauba wax are commonly used in both oil painting mediums and encaustic painting, usually in conjunction with beeswax to add toughness, durability and sheen to the paint film. It creates an inflexible surface, so works best on rigid supports such as gesso panels, and it should be noted that it will raise the melting point of encaustic mixtures. It can produce a glossy finish; as such it is used in waxes and polishes for shoes, cars, musical instruments, furniture, and wooden floors, especially when mixed with beeswax and turpentine. Learn More
  15. Carnauba Wax Yellow

    Carnauba Wax Yellow

    Starting at: £6.50

    Carnauba Wax is the hardest wax commonly used in the production of artists' materials, with a melting point of 83-86°c. It is derived from a tree native to South America, and is available in a natural colour (grey), or a refined colour (pale yellow). Small amounts of carnauba wax are commonly used in both oil painting mediums and encaustic painting, usually in conjunction with beeswax to add toughness, durability and sheen to the paint film. It creates an inflexible surface, so works best on rigid supports such as gesso panels, and it should be noted that it will raise the melting point of encaustic mixtures. It can produce a glossy finish; as such it is used in waxes and polishes for shoes, cars, musical instruments, furniture, and wooden floors, especially when mixed with beeswax and turpentine. Learn More
  16. Gelatine Leaf

    Gelatine Leaf

    Starting at: £5.30

    A pure form of glue from animal tissue. Used for sizing paper. Used in gliding and for weak sizes in isolating layers in tempera painting. Learn More
  17. Gelatine Capsules

    Gelatine Capsules

    Starting at: £5.80

    Gelatine Capsules Learn More
  18. Pearl Glue

    Pearl Glue

    Starting at: £5.80

    Pearl Glue is a traditional animal-based wood glue used for veneering, joinery and antique restoration. 170-200 bloom. Learn More

  19. Rabbit Skin Glue

    Rabbit Skin Glue

    Starting at: £10.95

    For sizing canvas prior to priming with an oil based primer. Do not use under acrylic primer. Soak overnight in water. Heat in double boiler (do not boil). Ratio water:size 13:1. Use while still warm. Rabbit Skin Glue do not contain any preservatives. 340 - 360 Bloom Learn More

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