Colored sticks of sealing wax found useful in decorating

Many uses have heen found for the lovely colored sticks of sealing wax that may he found in the shops. Collar and cuff sets, dresser scarfs, women’s frocks, tea table linens and even earrings are just a few of the things that may be successfully decorated or handpainted with wax. The linens cannot be laundered in hot water, but the sealing wax will keep its luster if cool water and soap are used in the process.

In painting the linen tea sets and collars and cuff sets, the wax should be softened with water and then applied with a small water color brush. Any article that is to be decorated should be made up before the design is applied to the material.

In painting the materials that are to be laundered, wet the brush in alcohol and brush it over the indentation where the maker’s name is printed in the wax. This will form a little well of softened sealing wax into which the brush should be dipped each time. This is the least messy way.

Wait a moment after applying the alcohol to the stick to allow the alcohol to penetrate the coating of shellac on the outside of the stick of wax. Dip the brush into the little well of softened wax and transfer the wax to the pattern. Completely finish your work with the first color before you go on to the next. The wax dries almost immediately, so that several coats can be applied one on top of the other until the proper lustrous finish is secured.

Different materials require a varying number of coats of wax, and each artist will use her own judgment, but three or four coats of each color ought to be sufficient unless the material on which you are painting is very soft and absorptive. When you have completely finished the work with the first color, wash your brush in alcohol before beginning the second color. Do this every time you change color. When the design is completely filled in, outlining each color with a thin line of black makes an effective finish.

The process used in decorating the earring, bar pins and necklaces varies some what from that used on materials. The materials required are various colored sticks of sealing wax and plain black pieces of jewelry purchased for about 10 cents. The first step in this process is to soften the stick of either silver or gold wax over the fire and then smooth it on the article to be decorated with a moistened orange stick. After the coating of sealing wax has hardened, any colored flowers that may be desired are easily made on their surface by dropping the heated wax while still in a softened condition and engraving the design and adding a leaf in green.

These novel bits of ornamentation may be made very lovely, and their chief charm is in the fact that the owner may carry out her own individual taste.

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Source publication: The Columbia Evening Missourian (Columbia, Mo.)

Source publication date: September 23, 1922

Filed under: 1920s, Beauty & fashion, Home & garden

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