Two related questions that I’ve seen more than once in the two years that I’ve been following the Orchid forum, are “how do I seal patinas?” and “how do I seal brass/copper?” I’ve had these questions too. So, I searched the Orchid forum and distilled the answers into two possibilities: wax and lacquer. This post is about wax, what kind, and where to find it. My next post will be about lacquer after I try out my new setup.
I think it was Cynthia Eid who said, “the more carnuba in the wax, the better.” I set out to find a wax with a high carnauba content. I searched the Web and learned about carnauba. In its natural state, it’s as hard as a rock. It’s usually sold as a paste wax mixed with something else. Lesser quality paste waxes that have carnauba in it are more like a lotion. That’s what you find in your local auto store.
It wasn’t until I found some other forums — about cars — that I got the answer on where to find a good carnauba wax at a good price. Your local Harley-Davidson store is where to go! You can get the same exact wax that’s sold for luxury cars at half the price. The product is S-100 Carnauba Wax. When I bought it last year, it was $15 for 6 oz. Here’s what it looks like so you won’t feel as goofy as I did in the Harley store not knowing what I was looking for.
I used it today to seal Silver Black in the grooves of a pendant I was finishing up. I cut the quarter-size Chrysocolla stone.
Speaking of motorcycles, if you are over 40 and haven’t yet seen the movie Wild Hogs, check it out!