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Cavemhan
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« on: October 17, 2015, 05:13:59 pm »

Hi
Can anyone point me in the direction of sourcing Dop Wax other than from the States, reason being the shipping costs to here in Spain are way too much, twice the price of the wax, is there a post that gives info on making my own ?
Sorry for the daft question, but I am as green as it gets.
I have tried looking on E bay without any success.
Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 05:54:24 pm »

switch to metal dop stick and use super glue my opinion the only way to go
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 01:28:54 pm »

This should help:

Dop wax is about the same as old fashioned sealing wax.

Also impure shellac resin is the basis of a lot of the dop wax out there, some has a bit of Rosin added as well as powdered ceramic ( soft red brick dust ) this will stiffen it up.

Many painter and cabinet shops may be able to help source the shellac and Rosin- both used in painting prior to the invention of synthetic urethane varnish.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 08:23:28 pm »

Did you try Rio Grande? I order to them myself, living in New CalÚdonia (south pacific near Australia), and it is one of the website where shipping cost are okay. Santa fe jewelry is also quite okay with shipping cost. They both have some nice stuff too!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2015, 09:51:24 am »

>switch to metal dop stick and use super glue my opinion the only way to go<

I agree in general as the process is MUCH faster both on and off (heat the nail to get off, use accelerator to bond on).  The only problem is if the material needs support over the entire surface of the stone (think Larimar or Charoite), and if the stone is large.  In this case it could be a lot of trouble to cut a piece of metal the size/shape of the stone.  Sometimes I'll glue a stronger stone to the back of the material if it is weak, but then it's much harder to remove after the fact.  For some purposes, good 'ole dop wax fits the bill.  Sometimes I'll shape the dop wax to the stone, but keep the stone wet so it doesn't stick.  Then I'll superglue the shaped dop wax to the stone and finally cut/melt the dop wax off with a diamond cutoff wheel in a rotary tool.  Inhaling the vaporized dop wax/super glue combination is probably not good for my health though!
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 10:38:00 am »

Thanks, got it sorted re dop wax, didn't realise that sealing wax would do the job, as I said, I'm as green as they come, have been using big nails till now, superglue works a treat with them, just can't get the glue to stick properly with wooden sticks, hence me wanting wax.
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