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JonB

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How resilient is renaissance wax?
« on: June 07, 2015, 06:43:27 AM »
Just wondering, as i have made some, what I fondly imagine are 'dread beads'. I have so far put four layers on ren wax on them, buffing up to a shine on my dremel in between. They are shiny and glossy looking, and when I wetted one and rubbed it vigorously it went slightly duller but polished up again on my jumper when dry.
I would like to sell them, or try to, but am concerned that the finish might not last very well under the special abuse dread beads might get, rain, hair gel, sweat etc. Varnish would look a bit crap I think, so am reluctant to go down that route unless I have to.
What sayeth you lot?
Thanks ;-)
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MilleD

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2015, 10:36:20 AM »
I don't think it really wears off as such, more sort of dulls down over time, but I think a quick buffing would shine it back up again.

I'd much rather the chance of a dulled down waxed bead than a pealy (technical term) varnished bead.

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2015, 12:26:22 PM »
Thanks,
I shall risk it then.
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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2015, 07:10:14 PM »
Ooh, that winky face makes me want to put 'allegedly' at the end of my post  :o

Cindy Leitz does a little vid here:  http://www.beadsandbeading.com/blog/renaissance-wax-finishing-polymer-clay/16754/

In the comments someone asks if it lasts...

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2015, 07:22:37 PM »
When you list them you could say that a quick buffing should bring the shine up.....what are 'dread' beads?

Might be a good idea to repeatably abuse one of them - or another, failed one - and see if it copes  :)

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2015, 08:04:52 AM »
If they are dread beads. Beads for dread lock hair i belive the grease in the hair will keep them shiny :)
If they are dread style beads then listen to the girls above ;)
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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2015, 08:29:07 AM »
Thanks for the vid link. I couldn't watch it just now as my ancient version of Chrome doesn't like it. I'll try it on Firefox later. But the comments are helpful. it looks like they will be fine. I think you are right about the hair grease keeping the shine, Karolina ;-)
I might just call them 'large hole tube beads' and use dread beads as a tag or something.

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2015, 08:46:11 AM »
Speaking as someone who had dreads for some years, with beads.... I don't think your target audience will be worried if they shine dulls over time. It sort of works with the dread ethos.

But remember that R Wax is a restoration product so by its nature is NOT permanent and is designed to be removable. It is very sturdy until you want it gone though.

All finishes are subject to wear and tear and the end of the day. R Wax is a good choice in many ways as it is very water resistant but until you sell the crusties a pot of wax with their dread beads and instructions on how to renew the finish now and then, I think wear and tear will be inevitable.

Even just buffing the beads to a shine with out any product, the beads would still dull overtime. So either  accept that I guess or go for the basic matte finish of unadulterated polyclay.

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2015, 01:14:13 PM »
Thanks Emma,
I am reassured.
OK, so where are the pics of you with those natty dreads? ;-)

Should I sell them singly or in threes or more? The tendency is to sell them singly from what I've seen but I may as well get a consensus on that too ..

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2015, 01:31:02 PM »
Many moons ago !
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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2015, 05:03:48 PM »
:)
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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2015, 10:50:13 AM »
Wow! ;-) Cool hair. Not enough earrings, there's a centimetre you missed ;-) Thanks for sharing that.

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Re: How resilient is renaissance wax?
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2015, 07:41:40 AM »
Don't worry, the centimetre got taken care of  8)
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