Big Batch of Soft Wax Now Available

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Now that temperatures are starting to cool, Katherine has been cranking up her soft wax production. Shipping in the heat of summer is like shipping a stinky liquid – not fun.

Katherine has just listed a large batch of soft wax on etsy.com – click here for more details and to order. She’ll be sealing these jars with tape, just in case they end up in a hot USPS truck.

Also, we have changed her production process to remove all water from the system. Before, she was cooking the wax with a water bath surrounding the chamber. That’s a great way to do it, but a small bit of water gets introduced into the wax through condensation, which can rust the bottom of the tins and make some of the product unusable.

As of this batch, we’ve switched to a temperature-controlled cooker that does not require water, but it still keeps the wax at a safe temperature to avoid scorching. For the next batch, we plan to switch to plastic containers with a screw top, which will eliminate any chance of rust and will keep the contents safer during shipping.

Thanks for all your support – Katherine loves the title of Wax Princess (not really).

You can order a tin here.

— Christopher Schwarz

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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14 Responses to Big Batch of Soft Wax Now Available

  1. Jerry Dye says:

    This blog explains why I’ve been finding rust in the bottom of the cans. Thanks.

  2. Stephen Cox says:

    You’re using metal for a container now and thinking of changing to ‘plastic’ ! You’re going backwards. Plastic is the scorge of the earth. Forward thinking people are changing from plastic to paper and metal for all forms of containers. in breaks down soon, rot and rust are our friends. Plastic is roughly a 10,000 year breakdown period. No good!

    • morrisruskin says:

      Yes, many companies (e.g. Unilever, Starbucks, McDonalds, Lego (per 8/31 NY Times article on Lego) are moving away from plastics or at least to more environmentally friendly ones.

  3. John says:

    Have you guys considered glass with a canning jar lid? Thinking if rust started on the lid pieces it would be easy to replace. And not have the eco footprint of plastic.

  4. lclement4 says:

    I’d like to request the beautiful black cat be included in my wax order.

  5. Steve says:

    I am new to the blog and I have no idea what the soft wax is used for? I assume woodworking finish? But just not sure. Please illuminate.

  6. Already sold out. Uggh, I can’t catch a break.

  7. Robert Sfeir says:

    I guess the batch wasn’t big enough, already sold out. Geez.

  8. Len Hadley says:

    It appears to have sold out already, is that the case. If any is available is it possible to ship to the UK. Regards Len

  9. Roman says:

    Hi. I hope you will reconsider the use of plastic containers for the packaging. As others have already commented, plastic is not very environmentally friendly compared to other materials. regards.

  10. mike says:

    I am fairly certain that shamu and flipper will survive the 400 plastic containers that Katherine’s wax enterprise is going to spew into the environment. Also, given the progressive leanings of her customers , I am sure they will reuse their plastic containers to hold their flaxseed, their preferred herb, or as a way to take fresh ground beans on the run so I can make a perfect pour over wherever they go.

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