I learned the hard way that if your wax gets too hot it turns a burnt color. And that you cannot rely on the rheostat to monitor the true temperature. So at the retreat I learned that my wax heros all use digital thermometers with alarms, clocks, bells and whistles to keep their wax at the just right temperature. So now I have that added to my set-up.
Right after I took this photo for you I forgot to move the gizmo out of the way and dripped wax all over it. *sigh* So be it. My studio is pretty much going to the dogs with a film of yak all over everything. When you see the film on your exhaust fan blades you know that you don't want that on your lungs.
This is the whole enchilada showing the fume makers and the exhaust fan. I fuse right there to the right of the griddle so everything goes right out the window. The open door is behind me bringing in the fresh air.
One thing I discovered just by trying is that the copies that my plain paper fax machine makes will work for surface transfer on the wax. I like some images embedded in the wax; for that I use inkjet prints printed on tissue paper, but for crisp surface images I like the carbon copies. So this saves me a trip to the local copy center when I want a transfer.
I'm not fond of these encaustics but include them anyway. They are 100% wax and pigment with gold transfer writing on the top one and carbon transfer lines on the bottom.
I'm taking a few days off to clean my house and put some order to the studio. I don't want to but they say there is more to life than making stuff. I don't believe it but I live with 'normal' people so I'll try to fit in but just temporarily.