I want to start with thanking everyone that helped with this long saga....probably tired of hearing about going to do and thinking just do it already! there was the planning, gathering the gear thanks to Mr "T" finding the wax then having the time to either find success or catch the kitchen on fire....note not sure of success on the first but my wife still has her kitchen below are some pictures of some of my hurdles and solutions with final shots. enjoy and please comment.
1) I got a candy thermometer but it would not work low enough in my dedicated wax pot so I regrouped and pulled out a spare thermometer probe but it would not stand in the melted wax and did not think it was best to just lay it in the bottom encased in wax so the next challenge was how to make it removable yet stand off the edge of the stainless pot. in poking around I found magnetic clips to hold paper, next step attach to pot.
2) I am using the finest large stainless steel pot $ 10.00 can buy you at WallWorld now even the cheap SS would not hold the magnet so I got external magnets for outside to hold them but I was still not happy with this arrangement.
3) I ended up getting a tube of the epoxy putty stick and mixed some up and anchored two steel washers on the inside of the pot for the clips to anchor to.
4)I then bent one ear of the clip out somewhat horizontal on each and stacked one over the other which now gave me a mounting/hanging area for the probe. now I can monitor the wax temperature thru the entire process.
5) I only did three pieces to start so if there was a failure the failure would be limited
6) I bought two five pound blocks so as to have more than enough and only one freight charge (as good as rational as anything
7) I first tried dipping (using dedicated tongs) and as Mr "T" told me could get slippery....by the way he was more than correct. you would be surprised how far and where you find little wax splatters for days afterwords
8) I also tried dipping two - three coats and then also brushing a coat or two
Above Just Dipped
9) end result is a good heavy coating (not smooth) possibly too heavy of a coat? any thoughts out there? pictures have been included.
Now time to figure out labels, just thinking felt tip might not be best idea...
Again Thank All for Their Help and Encouragement !!