Easily carved with lino tools and painted, like balsa wood. Soft density does not require sharp tools. Hard density is slightly harder to carve but holds intricate detail. Has no “memory” so will hold an impression by pressing an object into the surface. A steel ruler can make push cuts. Carving knives and chisels glide through and most glues work including wood glue, hot glue. Surface takes water-based or solvent-based paint.
Beeswax is a remarkable wax because it does not melt readily. For example, it can stand temperatures up to 60oc. Suitable for furniture polish, candles, encaustic and batik painting. Encaustic painting – also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Batik painting – It is common for people to use a mixture of beeswax and paraffin wax. The beeswax will hold to the fabric and the paraffin wax will allow cracking, which is a characteristic of batik. Wherever the wax has seeped through the fabric, the dye will not penetrate. Sometimes several colours are used, with a series of dyeing, drying and waxing steps.
pick up or delivery to Melb & Geelong only cannot go by post or freight
Natural Sandstone is great for sculpture as it is easy to work with and resistant to weathering. Much heavier than hebel but smoother. Suitable for senior students and adults. . The blocks are a heavy 60 kilos. . Dimensions: 240mm x 290mm x 660mm . Sandstone is more delicate than hebel to work. . Best carved with files and rasps and sand papers etc. . Any vigorous hammering, drilling or chiseling may crack the stone. . Sandstone is full of moisture which dries out over time. . It has a lovely smooth finish when sanded. . Always wear a mask and safety glasses when carving.
Used by Disney studios in the USA, high density expanded polystyrene EPS foam blocks are ideal for creating large lightweight sculptures. Glue together with Foam Fusion. Cut with Hot Wire Foam Cutters and then sand with rasps etc.
Foam surface can be sealed with Foam Coat Finish and then painted.
Replica stone-like and waterproof finishes can be achieved using Foam Coat Grit.
Add the grit to the foam coat finish.
Please note the dimensions below are all in millimetres
Geelong and Melbourne it is $9.90 per large block but outside these areas it is very costly.
Dense, close grained natural stone easy to carve with rasps, files, drills and wood carving tools. A glossy finish can be achieved by wet’n’dry sandpaper and polishing with a soft cloth and beeswax furniture polish.
Bags contain an assortment of pieces of Red, Green, Marbled & Black soapstone.