This is crazy but…Oh my aching goodness – I love this stuff!!! You will too!

 

I just love trying out new materials and discovering what new talents my cutter has! I searched and searched for some kind of cutting machine instructions for this material, but in the end, had to test and develop my own to share with you.

My ‘day job’ often takes me traveling around the world. Whenever I get the opportunity, there are two place I visit during my travels: 1) tack stores (because who knows what kind of wonderful horse- and/or rider-wear you can find!) and 2) craft stores (because I ALWAYS find something new and wonderful!).

Today’s post is inspired by just that kind of thing. While traveling to Germany recently I visited one of my regular craft store stops and found something new that piqued my interest; wax sheets. Could I possibly cut this wonderful material on my KNK? Why not? It cuts fondant, it should cut wax!!

I brought enough back to test and to share at the recent Arizona Light Your Fire! with KNK Retreat. I tested it out my Maxx Air first, then the Zing and it worked beautifully. AND, it doesn’t just stick to candles….it sticks to nearly any surface! The possibilities are endless.

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Materials:

Instructions:

  1. Use the lowest settings on your machine i.e. 4-20.
  2. Remove the parchment paper backing and apply wax to your sticky mat.
    1. Lightly brayer the mat to achieve even adhesion (too much pressure will spread and thin the wax).
  3. Set your blade holder height so that the blade will not drag across the wax as it cuts your design (as long as you don’t cut all the way through it really won’t hurt anything – just ‘mush’ it back together with your fingers.
  4. I recommend test cutting the material first to minimize waste.
  5. Pick up cut pieces with a small spatula.
  6. Warm the pieces in your hands or in the sun and apply to a surface gently. You can smooth the cut edges down with your fingertip if desired.

Worm_11000a Here is an image created by a retreat participant in MTC and cut on dark blue wax – isn’t it just adorable?

WitchesHat If you apply the wax to a temporary surface, and want to remove it but still be able to reuse it, just pop it in the freezer for a little while and the wax will slide off with a slight side pressure.

Want to add texture to your pieces? Lightly and evenly press a clean embossing plate to the wax surface.

AND you don’t dispose of the weeded parts….you can reuse it by warming it up and rolling it and cutting again or by rolling it into a 3D object to stick to your candle. I’m seeing some 3D pumpkins or a cauldron with that wonderful witch’s hat!

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

26 thoughts on “This is crazy but…Oh my aching goodness – I love this stuff!!! You will too!

  1. Thanks, Michele, for finding yet another medium to add to our expanding world of materials that we can use with our KNK cutters! I have yet to experiment with the sample provided at the retreat. Your samples look great in the pictures and even better in person.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much! Let me know how it works for you – I’m so excited to see what others think of to create with it!

  2. What a great way to customize a candle. Thanks so much. It was great seeing it at the retreat.

  3. Fabulous! Thanks for the research on wonderful things to cut. But, any idea where we can get this here in AZ? or WI?

    • I think it is a specialty item, I cannot find it stocked by any chains. There are also 2 places I found online by searching “decorating wax sheet”.

  4. Who knew there was such a fun product out there waiting to be played with??? Thanks for letting us know!

  5. Oh my goodness. This is amazing. I am going to keep an eye out for wax sheets here in the states.
    Thank you for the great inspiration.

    • This is really easy to work with too! Our blades make nice, smooth, precise cuts to even intricate shapes like the stars! If you find it in stores, please share where, if you don’t I recommend buying online – there are 2 US sources I found.

  6. Michele, I LOVED having an entirely NEW “cuttable” material introduced at the Phoenix retreat.The success by you and our attendees makes this a promising new application! I think your trip to Germany on business has been a VERY good thing for the cutting market! : )

    • I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of the retreat, and to have been able to introduce a new medium to our KNK owners! I am continually inspired by what these machines can do and will keep looking for new materials to try out!

    • I found some instructions online and ‘seems’ pretty simple. Using a smooth surface, lay parchment paper down, pour your beeswax onto the parchment and spread it to 1/8th of an inch. I’m not sure how easy that would be, but PLEASE let us know if you try it! I wish I were a candle-maker and had some of the supplies on hand to try it out!

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