Tying wax

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Chris Johnson, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Gary Knowels

    Gary Knowels Active Member

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    I have about 30 silicone cupcake molds, I can mail a couple to you if you want, I don't remember the last time I used them. Pm me if you are interested

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  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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  3. Jack Devlin

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    Thoughts on toilet ring wax.
    I've tried it. Don't like it. Too pasty, too soft. The other thing I don't like about it is that I really don't know what the heck is in it????? I prefer to use a good quality refined (filtered) beeswax, a quality rosin (musical instrument grade), and pharmecutical grade castor oil.

    FWIW,
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  4. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    I use refined beeswax as my everyday, all purpose go-to wax. I use resin/wax/oil blends as more special purpose waxes. Although if I made a batch of good resin/wax/oil blended wax it would probably become my all purpose wax.

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  5. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Dave, I haven't tried it with silk so I don't know. I don't see why not. The product simply adds a bit of moisture to your fingers and is safer than licking your fingers... you really don't want to put your fingers in your mouth while touching tying materials. There's some bad, nasty chemicals they use when producing tying materials that you don't really want to consume.

    I talked with a doctor at a fly tying event who said one of his friends was an avid fly tier who would lick his fingers while tying. He ended up with a disease that was attributed to the tying materials. The guy died. The doctor was adamant that no one should lick their fingers while tying flies, so I try to avoid that tactic.
     
  6. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Thanks Jack, you saved me some time and $, I had a notion that would be the case, but was going to try it.
     
  7. Jack Devlin

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    Wally World has Silicone Cupcake cups size 2 5/8" x 1-1/4". Six for $1.97. I think they have a smaller one, too, which might be better.
    I made a few discs of wax this morning. The silicone molds make it easy. DSC01884.jpeg

    BTW​
    If any of you guys ever come across a fly tier who has a stash of the old OVERTONS Wax, I suggest that you become his BEST FRIEND and see if you can get him to part with some.:):)
    Jack​
     
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  8. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I have a tube of Overtons and I'm not impressed by it.
     
  9. Jack Devlin

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    zen,
    Is it the original formula? What color is the tube?
    Jack
     
  10. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Kids Glue stick, no brainer
     
  11. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Green is the tube color.
     
  12. Jack Devlin

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    Hi Best Buddy zen,
    I'll PM my address and you can send me the tube. I will take care of the wax for you.
    Your Pal,
    Jack:)
     
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    Hi Best Buddy zen,
    I'll PM my address and you can send me the tube. I will take care of the wax for you.
    Your Pal,
    Jack:)
     
  14. Jack Devlin

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    The glue sticks work. We really don't know all the ingredients, though. They use polyethylene glycol and sodium stearate (and who knows what else). Both are allergens and irritants. Of course, plain old pine tree rosin is probably bad too and who knows what the hell those bees have been eating?:eek:
    Jack
     
  15. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'll trade you the wax for some of your flies.