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chimneysweep
09-08-2007, 06:38 PM
From all that I have read here about wax dipping it sounds like a good way to protect woodenware. All of the wax mixes that I have seen call for gum rosin in the wax.

How important is the gum rosin and what benefits does it give beyond just wax? Does it affect the melting point of the mix?

tecumseh
09-09-2007, 04:54 AM
well I am not so certain if gum rosin is the same as pine rosin but we use to add a bit of the latter to the wax we used for cell cups. the purpose for this was it made the bee wax harder (and somewhat more brittle). of course hand dipped cell cups are quite fragile little things, so even a tad bit of rosin made the cups safer to handle.

as to the melting point question... we never added so much that it 'likely' ever effected this variable.

Michael Bush
09-10-2007, 05:20 AM
>How important is the gum rosin and what benefits does it give beyond just wax?

It's much cheaper than beeswax. Adds to it's durability. It makes the wax harder. It's about the same price as Paraffin.

>Does it affect the melting point of the mix?

Not noticeably. I haven't tried to measure the exact melting point with and without, but it seems the same.