X-Wax

DO YOU SCULPT, MOULD-MAKE OR DO STOP-FRAME ANIMATION WITH CLAY?

Natural clay is the widespread medium for sculpting and moulding but its tendancy to dry means it has to be kept moist to stop it drying or cracking.  A way round this is to use a modelling wax instead.

 

X-WAX Oil-Free is a new carving, modelling and sculpting wax available as standard in ivory, grey and flesh colours with the option of many other colours. It is suitable for a wide range of small-to-large scale applications including Claymation, sculpting figures and objects, prototypes and mock-ups, prop-making in movie and theatre applications and cast impression taking and mould-making for jewellery, bronze and resin casting.

 

At room temperature it is workable with hard and sharp tools and can be easily shaped by hand when warmed to body temperature. Particular advantages include an oil-free formulation, making it joinable using instant glues, a smooth texture for fine detail, and resistance to drying. It is compatible with room temperature two-part silicone rubber and has a low melting point of 60 – 70°C which minimises shrinkage in the casting process.

Its key advantage compared to conventional modelling clay or sculpting clay is that it does not dry out.  This means it can be used over and over again without having to add water or other softening liquid to it.

The most popular size is a 250g "Chocolate Bar" but we can do other sizes to order.

If you wish to enquire about pricing, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the website enquiry form.

If you want to purchase X-Wax, you can buy it on-line in an expanding range of sizes from Jacobson Chemicals in Alton, Hampshire (see http://www.jacobsonchemicals.co.uk/products-page/modelling-materials/x-wax/) or from our Ebay shop HERE for indiviual bars or HERE for triple bar packs.

 

HOW TO PROCESS A WAX SCULPTURE

The normal process used by sculpting professionals for turning a wax sculpture into a permanent object is to take a moulding using RTV Silicone or polyurethane.  Once the mould is taken, the wax is removed and the mould is filled with a two-pack material such as polyester resin.  Jacobson Chemicals specialises in the materials for this process.

If that sounds potentially daunting or messy, there is a newer process that does not involve chemicals.  Instead, it uses 3D scanning and printing to produce the permanent object instead.

The process is done thus:

  1. Take photographs of the sculpture from various angles, ensuring every feature appears in at least two of the pictures.  The greater the complexity, particularly where undercuts are involved, the greater the number of pictures required.
  2. Upload the pictures into a program that converts pictures into 3D CAD.  A popular program is: http://www.123dapp.com/catch  In the program, you need to determine the size of the finished object, so you don't end up with something bigger or smaller than you expect.
  3. The 3D CAD file can either be outputted to a 3D printer, but if you do not have direct access to one, or you need better resolution (detail finish), you can upload to an online company such as http://i.materialise.com/ or https://www.3dprint-uk.co.uk/ who have 3D lithographic printers that produce the finished object by fusing powder using crossed laser beams.

Needless to say, another feature with this process is that the item can be scaled up/down or if necessary stretched, skewed or treated in some other way geometrically.