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  • In Batik, melted wax is applied to fabric to act as a resist to dye or paint. The wax is applied using a carved wooden block or stamp, or free hand with a tjanting or brush. When the wax has hardened, the fabric is either submerged in a dye bath or painted with the dye. The waxed areas will remain undyed. When the fabric has dried, more wax pattern

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  • What is Wax-Out! Wax-Out! offers an alternative solution to removing wax from finished Batik items. It is a mix of products which, individually, are already in commercial use in the textile industry for removing oils and waxes from fibres, yarn and fabrics. These contaminants arise both as from the original raw materials, wax in cotton and lanolin

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  • Roz Plant (pictured right) emailed us these examples of her quirky batik work. Herself and husband Phil, who is a painter and potter, opened their workshop to the public in May 2008 and more of their work can be viewed online Roz has been a batik artist for over 26 years has been ordering from Fibrecrafts since she started. In her email she told us

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  • Batik is an ancient method of creating patterns on cloth or paper. It is a resist technique which uses melted wax or other barriers such as flour or starch. The resist prevents paint and dye from penetrating the fabric. Hot or liquid wax can applied by using a tjanting (or canting), sticks, wooden blocks, stamps or brushes, or by dripping it onto t

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  • If Jack had brought home Soya Beans, we're sure his mother would never have thrown them out of the window. This magical bean is a valued source of protein and a healthier alternative to meat. It can lower cholesterol and blood pressure and aid weight loss. Soya beans are classified as an oilseed rather than as a pulse. The bean can be used to produ

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  • This post is for those of you who haven't yet discovered the magical auto-fade pen. It is a fibre tipped pen which can be used to trace or sketch out designs on fabric and paper. The violet coloured ink magically fades within 3-4 days or it can be removed immediately with water (see our page Prepare Design for Silk Painting, which also explains how

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  • Planning to do a lot of Batik or Encaustic Art? A thermostatically controlled wax melting pot is an essential addition to your tool kit. This wax melting pot is mains operated through a British 3 pin plug. Temperature Control The melting capacity of the Tixor Malam Wax Pot is 300ml and the adjustable thermostat can be set from 0 through to 135°C.

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  • Batik is a method of patterning fabric or paper using melted wax. This creates a barrier, or resist, to prevent dye from colouring the waxed areas. Wax Melting Pot The safest and easiest way to melt the wax is with an electric wax melting pot. The temperature in this wax pot can be thermostatically controlled to keep the wax at melting point so tha

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  • Thank you to Diana Fenney for allowing us to use her batik paintings in this blog post. Diana works on Mulberry paper and Lokta paper using hot candle wax as a resist. Her paints are made from procion dyes (recipe, hot water and salt only) which give her the range of colours she needs. The brilliance of the dyes plus the looseness of the work with

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