Enkaustikos Carnauba Wax 8 oz


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Enkaustikos Carnauba Wax 8 oz

Unlike most Carnuba wax which typically is a very deep yellow colored wax, Enkaustikos offers a very light, pale yellow wax. This wax is harvested from the smaller, younger leaves of the palm tree. Add Carnauba Wax to paint to raise the melting point and can create a harder, more durable paint film. Carnauba is the hardest of the natural waxes. However, it is very brittle, so be careful not to add too much to your paint as cracking may occur. Carnauba melts at 187 to 190 degrees F.  It comes in thin, easy to melt flakes.

Interesting Fact: 

Carnauba Wax is obtained from the leaves of a palm tree known as Copernica Cerifera. This palm flourishes in the northeastern regions of Brazil. It reaches an average height of 25-35 feet tall and proliferates along river banks, streams and damp lowlands. This tree naturally exudes a wax through its fan-shaped leaves in order to prevent it’s own dehydration. Harvesting, where the leaves and sprouts are cut, typically takes place during the dry months of September through February in the Brazilian States of Ceara and Piaui. With a maximum cutting of twenty leaves per year from a tree, the average yield of wax for each tree is about 2 lbs per cutting. Workers use knives on long poles to trim the leaves from mature trees. Then the leaves are sun-dried and mechanically thrashed to remove the wax. The color and quality of the wax is therefore, governed by the age of the leaves and care used in processing of this hard, brittle, lustrous wax.

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