My daughter Katherine is home from college for the weekend and made a big batch of Soft Wax 2.0. It is now up for sale in her etsy.com store. And, as you can see from above, it is endorsed by the almost-never-seen Funky Winkerbean.
If I died tomorrow, Funky would likely get up on his hind legs and immediately propose marriage to Lucy. That is how much he hates me.
This is the finish I use on my chairs. Katherine cooks it up here in the machine room using a waterless process. She then packages it in a tough glass jar with a metal screw-top lid. She applies her hand-designed label to each lid, boxes up the jars and ships them in a durable cardboard mailer. The money she makes from wax helps her make ends meet at college.
Instructions for Soft Wax 2.0
Soft Wax 2.0 is a safe finish for bare wood that is incredibly easy to apply and imparts a beautiful low luster to the wood.
The finish is made by cooking raw, organic linseed oil (from the flax plant) and combining it with cosmetics-grade beeswax and a small amount of a citrus-based solvent. The result is that this finish can be applied without special safety equipment, such as a respirator. The only safety caution is to dry the rags out flat you used to apply before throwing them away. (All linseed oil generates heat as it cures, and there is a small but real chance of the rags catching fire if they are bunched up while wet.)
Soft Wax 2.0 is an ideal finish for pieces that will be touched a lot, such as chairs, turned objects and spoons. The finish does not build a film, so the wood feels like wood – not plastic. Because of this, the wax does not provide a strong barrier against water or alcohol. If you use it on countertops or a kitchen table, you will need to touch it up every once in a while. Simply add a little more Soft Wax to a deteriorated finish and the repair is done – no stripping or additional chemicals needed.
Soft Wax 2.0 is not intended to be used over a film finish (such as lacquer, shellac or varnish). It is best used on bare wood. However, you can apply it over a porous finish, such as milk paint.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (VERY IMPORTANT): Applying Soft Wax 2.0 is so easy if you follow the simple instructions. On bare wood, apply a thin coat of soft wax using a rag, applicator pad, 3M gray pad or steel wool. Allow the finish to soak in about 15 minutes. Then, with a clean rag or towel, wipe the entire surface until it feels dry. Do not leave any excess finish on the surface. If you do leave some behind, the wood will get gummy and sticky.
The finish will be dry enough to use in a couple hours. After a couple weeks, the oil will be fully cured. After that, you can add a second coat (or not). A second coat will add more sheen and a little more protection to the wood.
Soft Wax 2.0 is made in small batches in Kentucky using a waterless process. Each glass jar contains 8 oz. of soft wax, enough for at least two chairs.
14 thoughts on “Soft Wax 2.0 & the Winkerbean”
Arrrgggghh… sold out already.
Check again. As of me writing this it was back in stock.
Thanks for the heads up on new supply. Got ’em.
The Etsy site says “sold out” of wax
Funky Winkerbean is very handsome!
I bet he sharpens his claws on your tool chest…😂
Please don’t give him a chance to propose to Lucy.
That he would propose does not surprise me. The real question is, would she accept?
Chris, you must not be talking to him in the right time of voice.
Auto correct strikes again. Should have been “tone” of voice.
Love the comic pun. never could get into funky winkerbean. I prefurred non sequitur and pearls before swine.
P.S. a picture is with a thousand purrs. https://photos.app.goo.gl/PdCEWcp2ujsgY9eL8
Hope you don’t mind a question. My wife has a lot of surplus paraffin from a Girl Scout project. I would like to upcycle it to a finish for some of my projects rather than burn it (in candles of course.) Can I use the above recipe, substituting paraffin for the bees wax?
PS love the photo.
I’m afraid I haven’t tried the recipe with parraffin. I’ve used only beeswax and carnauba. You might try making a small batch as see how it comes out. Sorry I’m no help.
Thanks! I guess we’ll make candles and coat some more screws, hand saws (only for rough milling,) and table tops.
I’ll try to use the 2.0 on the next project that needs a natural finish.
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