Snooping around the net, I am finding there really isn't an idiot's guide to using wax. We are fortunate here to have a plethora of wisdom and experience with wax. Don't make me start naming names... Rasper, Zap, David, Mantrid and few other of you wizards of the hot stuff. My experience with wax consists of a weird chick back in college that liked to be BURNED with it!
Now I find myself trying to learn how to make stuff with it! Here is the beginning of a little object I am trying to stick together. Yes ZAP, it's a half hearted attempt of the little box you made, but if I make a pigs ear out of it, I expect it to end up an ashtray like every other sculpting project I made back in school for family that didnt smoke. I commandeered the wifes little inductance portable cooktop and a pot. That thing works a treat for dialing in the EXACT temp you want. She nabbed it at a garage sale for $4 bucks. In addition, I bought a butane powered flame from homeless despot for 25bucks and that works great for pin pointing heat. Other tools are whatever scribe, pick or booger hooker that was in the tool box. I got a slab of microcrystalline from Raspers place in AZ and melted my first pot of wax. Pouring into a plaster mold, idea courtesy of Zaps hidden youtube page, I set out to build a box. I honestly haven't a clue what's standard practice for sticking this stuff together. So I end up mating parts together and laying a hot booger hooker across the two parts and plunging it into the two pieces, but not completely through the parts. After sticking one side together, I flip and repeat. Then it's onto dripping to fill in my mess. This usually results in flash backs to college. An hour later after tons of scrapping with a razor blade I have a larger slab than I started with! Standard practice? Probably not.
So I'm looking for any tips, links, suggested reading, shaping ideas and tools you think I can't live without... Basically anything that might ease the pain in the ass that wax can be to work with. SO far, I do like working with it, being the pyro that WE ALL ARE around here... Maybe it's the flame or the deep history of people for thousands of years working with wax to accomplish great things. If this goes well, I'll make a mold of it, just because I'm a chicken shit and ceramic shell it for bronze. This is kind of a trial run for me with something small. I have some really stupid ideas for lost wax stuff cast in bronze and then tig welded together later. We'll see about that nonsense in the future. ;-)
On with the show! Don't expect much. I can handle harsh criticism with the best of them. Bring it on as I need all the help I can get.