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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Failure of Pour Number EIGHT~~~~

Persistent about this wax block, I poured wax block number 8 last night. I put wax block number 7 in my adapted Presto pot that I bought on EBay and turned the heating element onto low. The wax melts beautifully in this pot and you have a spigot to use to transfer the wax into your pouring container.

Branching out, I decided to try a loaf pan. I lubricated the sides and corners with dishwashing detergent, as many websites suggest. Oh, horrors! In the folds that make the corners of this bread pan, there are leaks. Wax oozes out of the sides and gathers on the surface of the hot water bath. I feel discouraged.

The rules for a wax block include that it must not be over 2 inches tall. I marked the 2 inch mark on the outside of the loaf pan and the finished product is EXACTLY 2 inches. I couldn't believe my good luck and thought maybe this was the final one, but.......

At the end of the block were these wax stuck flaws. I will try again tonight. ;-{

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