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To Make Wax Flowers

The following articles will be required to

commence wax work: two pounds White Wax, one-fourth pound Hair Wire,

one bottle Carmine, one Ultramarine Blue, one bottle Chrome Yellow, two

bottles Chrome Green, No. 1, two bottles Chrome Green No. 2, one bottle

each of Rose Pink, Royal Purple, Scarlet Powder and Balsam Fir, two

dozen sheets White Wax. This will do to begin with. Now have a clean

tin dish, and pour therein a
uart or two of water; then put in about

one pound of the White Wax, and let it boil. When cool enough, so the

bubbles will not form on top, it is ready to sheet, which is done as

follows: Take half a window pane, 7x9, and after having washed it clean

dip into a dish containing weak soap-suds; then dip into the Wax, and

draw out steadily, and plunge it into the suds, when the sheet will

readily come off. Lay it on a cloth or clean paper to dry. Proceed in

like manner until you have enough of the white; then add enough of the

green powder to make a bright color, and heat and stir thoroughly until

the color is evenly distributed, then proceed as for sheeting white

wax. The other colors are rubbed into the leaves after they are cut

out, rubbing light or heavy according to shade.

For patterns you can use any natural leaf, forming the creases in wax

with thumb nail or needle. To put the flowers together, or the leaves

on the stem, hold in the hand until warm enough to stick. If the

sheeted wax is to be used in summer, put in a little Balsam of Fir to

make it hard. If for winter, none will be required.

You can make many flowers without a teacher, but one to assist in the

commencement would be a great help, though the most particular thing

about it is to get the wax sheeted. The materials I have suggested can

be procured at any drug store, and will cost from $3.00 to $4.50.