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Soy Wax Flakes

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We are happy to bring in Soy Wax as an all natural alternative to petroleum based Paraffin and Microcrystaline waxes for batik, and some other techniques as well. It has some major advantages and a few disadvantages that we shall try to describe below in the Uses section.

  • It has a total lack of obnoxious fumes! Other waxes absolutely have to be used in well ventilated areas.
  • It can be removed from fabric by washing in hot soapy water (over 140 degrees) and won't mess up your plumbing! No boiling, cooling and skimming. No dry cleaning with toxic Perchloroethylene, which fewer and fewer dry cleaners are using anyway.
  • Unlike other water soluble resists (Inko), it CAN be submersed if you are careful, using our tips below, so can be used for some more traditional Batik methods with cooler water dyes like our Fiber Reactive.
  • It does not crackle the same as regular waxes, but (unlike other water soluble resists) it will crack, especially if you stick the waxed item in the freezer.
  • It comes in flake form, not a solid block like our other waxes, so is easier to measure out and melt just what you need.
  • The melting temperature range is 110 to 140 F, lower than other waxes, so a double boiler is adequate, no fancy electric pans needed!
  • Clean up of tools is way easy with hot water and any liquid detergent, and you don't have to set them aside just for using with the wax anymore!
  • Since it is made from Soy Beans, it is a renewable resource and supports our farmers! It is made with 100% natural soybeans that are domestically grown. This product is manufactured meeting FDA and Kosher standards. 


Soy wax is a great resist for Low Immersion techniques like Crystal Wash and to resist a design before Tie Dyeing or Dye Painting using the Cold Batch Method. Your piece can be dried and layered with more wax and dye many times. It is the only water soluble resist that will crackle some to simulate Batik with those techniques.

Using it in the traditional method of submersion or Tub Dyeing Batik is trickier, but doable if you are careful. The samples shown above were done in a Fiber Reactive dye bath or succession of baths. Fiber Reactive dyebaths should be above 70 degrees to be effective, but never more than 90 degrees or so with the soy, as the wax does break down easily, especially in the presence of Soda Ash, which breaks down all wax eventually. It can also just flake off, so careful handling in the dyebath helps to keep the wax on the fabric. Extra wax may need to be applied between dyebaths because of the erosion. Since you want to limit the exposure to the Soda Ash, we recommend you cut the time of the dye bath after the Soda Ash is added. With that and the lower temperature, really dark dye results are probably not possible, but that is more than made up for by the benefits of using Soy. If you want to do very traditional Batik with lots of distinct crackling, many "layers" and dark dye colors, there is no substitute for traditional mixes of "real" waxes.

The only weird things we noticed when we tested it is that it is more viscous than melted petrowaxes and it takes much longer to solidify on the fabric than a normal hot wax,. This may mean you can get more use out of a tjanting tool or brush before you have to re-heat and re-fill, which could be nice. The main thing is to have it hot enough to soak into the fabric rather than just sitting on top. If it doesn't penetrate a thicker fabric enough because of the low temperature and it's viscosity, the fabric can be flipped over and waxed on the back to get better coverage.

If you have ended up using a lot of wax, especially with layering techniques, ironing between layers of paper to remove most of it really does help, especially because you don't want to be putting a lot of wax down your pipes no matter how "washable" it is. The remaining wax will melt easily in HOT water and Synthrapol wash (to remove excess dye) and come out completely.

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Just an aside actually. I am a candlemaker using primarily soy. If you rinse your fabric in hot tap water with Dawn dish liquid the soy comes right out of the thick cotton terry toweling I use to clean up spills while pouring. I'd imagine it would work even on heavily woven silks or cotton.Also when I pour I wait for the glass to adjust then place the moulds on a marble slab to wick away heat so they set up faster. I'm thinking that it you applied the wax to fabric that was laid on a cold surface you'ld have quicker set-up times and a better crackle. :-)
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Used a plastic measuring cup with a handle hooked the handle over the edge of small crock pot and filled the pot with hot water. Kept my wax just perfect for the whole project. No smell no burn no continual fussing over (too hot not hot enough) great product.
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finally I can resist on silk without all the hassel I have used it with pebeo setasilk to do a large background blocking out the design areas with soywax (applied with a tjanting)and painting right over...very pleased with the results. resisting details a bit tricky as the soy wax tends to spread but then so does regular wax. I actually put down a line of silk paint around the edges of detailed areas and the soy in the middle worked great and the paint did not seep through where the two products met...the ease of using the soy made up for extra time...washed out beautifully with hot tap water...
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I love this stuff. It allows me to batik small areas without having to do the ironing or dry cleaning to get it out. It does take a lot of hot water - even boiling water - to get it out. I think it takes several washings to totally get any wax out - unless you are lucky enough to find a dry cleaner who is willing to do it for you with the special chemicals.
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This is my go-to wax. I use it on silk and rice paper. Love that I can iron then wash it out of silk and the fumes are safer in an area with less ventilation. The only thing about soy flakes is that I don't get a good crackle. If I want to get a crackle I mix it with paraffin wax for paper and put the silk in the refrigerator to get cold for silk
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Great product. Very easy to use.
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First time doing Batik so I really don't have anything to compare this too. It melts easily and it is non-toxic which is why I decided to get this wax instead of the traditional paraffinbeeswax combo. It helps to iron as much of it off my items first before washing them because if you just throw them in the wash some wax gets left behind and the areas that you've waxed are hard.
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a note to new users: the low melt point of this wax is the reason i bought it but you REALLY have to be careful or you will end up having it smoking or over heating very quuickly
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I was looking for something easier to get out of the fabric than bees'wax and this worked great for wax batik. Application is similar to wax. Do iron out the wax before washing or you will gum up your washer. I plan to dedicate a pot for heating the finished work prior to machine washing because there is only cold water where I teach my classes.
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Easy to use
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waiting to have time to work with it now
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An additional nice feature of this stuff is the low melting temperature. You can set up your four year old with a pot of melted soy wax a piece of muslin and some cookie cutters and they'll keep themselves occupied forever and you don't have to worry about them burning themselves. It makes them feel like they are doing the same kind of work as you so they are less grabby with the really hot batik wax andor dying chemicals that they really aren't allowed to touch. As for the performance just a note on knits - even if there is full penetration of the wax through the fabric darker procion dyes still seep through so you don't get a clean white resist like you might with paraffin. The end result is the waxed area turns a pale version of the rest of the fabric. It's a much more gentle effect.
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This stuff is so much easier to use than batik wax! I got back into doing designs on silk because of this wax resist.
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