Beeswax vs. Brown wax

Comparison

above on the left: brown wax, above on the right: beeswax

I cast several pieces in beeswax today, trying to figure out whether it would work better than the brown wax. The beeswax is interesting in that it has this hideous yellow cheese color when in real life, but then completely transforms when it’s lit and photographed.

Beeswax casts

The yellowness of the color doesn’t come through in the photograph, and there’s a softness that I like a lot that reminds me of the translucent quality of skin.  On the other hand, the brown wax has this textural quality that I think could be interesting as well, it can almost appear as stone in some circumstances.

What do you think? Which material do you think will work better?

Comparison

above on the left: brown wax, above on the right: beeswax

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2 thoughts on “Beeswax vs. Brown wax

  1. Personally, I love yellow beeswax. You could always add some pigment to it if you absolutely needed to alter the color, and it does photograph so well.

    Are you familiar with Jean Carriès? I came across this piece from the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection and immediately thought of your work: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O88327/mask-carries-jean-joseph/

    I don’t comment on your posts much, but I thoroughly enjoy reading about your practice and project development – I’m excited to see where this project will go.

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