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.
- Wax sheet(s)
- Item(s) on which to apply wax
- Standard (Red Cap) Blade (Maxx Air or Zing, Maxx or Groove-E)
- Use the lowest settings on your machine i.e. 4-20.
- Remove the parchment paper backing and apply wax to your sticky mat.
- Lightly brayer the mat to achieve even adhesion (too much pressure will spread and thin the wax).
- 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.
- I recommend test cutting the material first to minimize waste.
- Pick up cut pieces with a small spatula.
- 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.
Here is an image created by a retreat participant in MTC and cut on dark blue wax – isn’t it just adorable?
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!