Wax is the resist used in batiking and can be manipulated to create a multitude of desired effects. Different wax has different properties but all have their uses. Paraffin wax cracks a lot and when used by itself and can sometimes chip off the fabric. Beeswax and Sticky wax crack very little. Batik wax is a pre-made 85/15 mixture of Paraffin and Sticky wax that crackles just right for a lot of artists. By mixing waxes you can control the amount of cracking. Soy wax is our newest addition - a renewable resource that cleans up with hot soapy water! It can be a viable alternative to other waxes when you are not dying a lot of layers.