Re: Topic: Oil and Beeswax Formula


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Posted by Mark Williams on October 09, 1997 at 15:37:15:

In Reply to: Topic: Oil and Beeswax Formula posted by Chris Ray on September 30, 1997 at 20:29:03:

Most blacksmiths I talk to have their own formula for the traditional oil finish. It can include all manner of items but the most common ingredients are boiled linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine. Other ingredients are Johnson's Paste Wax, bowling alley wax, Japan drier and polyurathane varnish. My own formula is 1 qt boiled linseed oil, 12 to 16 oz beeswax and 1 qt turpentine.

Heat the boiled linseed oil carefully until the beeswax will melt in it. This occurs about 65 degrees Centigrade. Once all the wax has melted, remove the mixture from the heat and pour the turpentine into it. Set the mixture aside to cool. It should set up into a soft wax. In the heat of the summer, it may even melt some.

Heat the work to a black heat. Apply some of the mixture to the work using an old towel or the like. The work is hot enough if the mixture smokes. Doug Hendrickson likes to use polyester cloth as an applicator because some of the cloth may burn onto the piece and help the finish develop.

I use large coffee cans to make the mixture in. Makes a good storage container and has a lid.

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