Not your own personal nose but that of your friendly little bruin... Do you prefer just plain beeswax or do you prefer the colored kinds (black, brown, etc.)? I've already read all the posts on the subject of waxing noses and thought I'd give it a whirl myself. Or...do you prefer some other method of "sealing" those snouts?
I'm just curious more than anything...
I use natural beeswax too. You can colour it using permanent felt pens such as Sharpies - one layer of wax, smooth it out, then add your colour (this way you can make subtle variations, maybe just colour the outer edges), and then another layer of wax. I just work it in gently with finger and thumb - you can control the colour completely and there's no danger of messing up the surrounding fur.
I've used both Ezy Wax and bees wax that I bought from a local bee-keepers society stall at a country fair. It smells fab!!
I like both but think I prefer the look of the bees-wax..I just paint on a layer or two and gently melt it with my hair-drier..it gives a nice soft look... I build up the layers till it's how I want it then I polish it with a bit of newspaper...but I am reliably informed that fax paper is good too...but I found it a bit scratchy...maybe I was doing it wrong!!!
EZY wax is good but not 'EZIER'!!!!!
I rub the wax on & hit it with the hairdryer too. I like the look of beeswax. I have
not incorporated the markers WITH it - the waxing is usually my absolute last step -
but I do shade the outside edges of the nose if I am using a brown or pink thread for
the nose. So I like the subtle shading to show with natural wax. which I already had
on hand from the bead store, cause it is good for beading thread too
I love beeswax!
I melt beeswax in the microwave, then paint it on--not my idea, I learned it here on TT. The hot beeswax really sinks into the nose threads, and the whole schnozzle becomes hard and beautifully fragrant.
I've had a bear sitting in my front room through all this heat--my students like to play with him and smell his nose :crackup: --and the wax hasn't softened at all.
I have been thinking about giving waxing a try. When the weather gets warm does the wax on the nose feel sticky. I also wondered and this is probably a silly question but how do you know when you're done waxing?
It's HOT here in Texas and my bears' noses are a-ok. You probably wouldn't want to leave a waxed nose closed up in a hot car for very long, though. You will be done waxing when you've applied as many layers as to get the effect you want. Some people put only 1-2 layers on . . . so that the threads show through the wax. I usually add about 3-4 layers - mainly to build up the nose so that it has more dimension. Have fun!
I have the wax and I have not used it ..I was a little bit intimidated by the idea You guys makes it sound, not that intimidating for me now! I some times give my bears' noses acrylic varnish, like the "nose" in the picture here ( the same one I used for my paintings ) I like the look but, I think I will get out my wax and see how it goes for me!! Wish me luck
Have a great week.
Hi! I just love waxing my noses. I find it very easy using the kit I got from Imagination Institute (bought at a bear show). It contains beeswax (in whatever color you like--brown black etc.), a small candle, and a cool tool for applying the wax. You hold the tool over the candle and the wax comes out of the tip in a nice neat line as you "draw" on the lines of your nose. The kit was only $6.50! Maria Go of Moo's Toys P.S. How do you know when you're done waxing? When there is no hair left! Just kidding. :crackup:
I've only ever done the heated wax with a candle and the batik tools for the minis.......
For my larger bears I've been sealing the noses, but not yet with wax.
How do you use the wax if not melting it first? Are you warming it in your fingers before rubbing it on the thread...does it pull at the stitches?? Thanks for any additional how to tips!
Question for you waxers (something I've never tried.)
Do you find that if the nose gets a hard knock, the wax cracks or flakes or chips? I'm thinking of what happens to candles, for example, when they get stressed or dropped.
I wax most of my noses and so far I don't think there have been any problems. My girls have a few of my bears that were not quite as "blessed" as some of the others and as you can imagine they have been through the mill a bit. I don't think it should chip because the wax is really soaked into the fibres so it's not a solid mass of wax, it's more a blend of the two.
Also I recently had one of my bears returned to me for repair after an unfortunate run in with the house sitters puppy - guess who came off worse? I think he'd had a go at the nose and then opted for the softer woolfelt of his paw pad. His nose was all mis-shapen and well ....chewed. All I had to do was reheat it and push everything back in place, add a little more wax and polish. Because the nose had been waxed he wasn't able to get at the individual threads.
There was also the trick where the embroidery thread is run along a block of wax and then used for the embroidery. I could see adding wax by rubbing after that would work really well. I'm not sure how Lisa has done her doggy noses though.
Great!!! noses by the way Lisa!
I'm also eager to hear your trick Lisa.(big grin)
So far, I have waxed only one nose... with beeswax. I used a paintbrush to do it. I first melted a bit of wax in my oven, then applied some on the nose of my bear. It first looked very bad and I paniqued. I took a few minutes to think about what I could do and finally got to a clever idea by my own : I thought that it would be possible to re-heat the nose with a air-dryer and then I could paint the wax more evenly on the whole nose surface. Thanks God it worked fine!
The wax I used was from a old beeswax candle and I decided that instead of continuing to shorten the bottom of this poor candle I had better find some new beeswax.
So this morning I went to the market and found a young lady selling lots of honey etc so i asked her if she had some beeswax. she said she only had a very small amount left at home. I said her I need only a little so that would be fine. I will have it on friday. Yeppee! So the old candle will do be totally destructed and will still be able to be used as a candle, he he he!
To the people who would like their waxed noses to have a special smell i suppose it is possible to add some extra perfume. I would buy some bottle of essential oil of the wanted perfume and put a tiny droplet in the melt wax before applying it on the nose.