How to Clean Encaustic Tools

People frequently ask us about the best method for cleaning encaustic tools. In my experience, the most convenient way to accomplish this while you are painting is to place the tool on the edge of the griddle and allow the heat to naturally remove any excess wax. Wipe the metal tip of the tool with a paper towel, and it is ready for immediate use. Be careful when handling tools that have been resting on the griddle, as the metal portions will be extremely hot! ⁠

Another option is to lay your tool on a piece of paper towel and gradually warm it with an embossing gun. This technique slowly melts away any leftover wax. Additionally, you can heat the wooden handles and use another scraping tool to eliminate any remaining waxy residue. Once finished, thoroughly wipe the tool with a paper towel!⁠

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