Can collage items be added to the wax?

Yes! The wax/encaustic medium can and does act as an adherent for many (but not all) collage items. Most paper, fabric, and dried organic items can easily be put in the wax. It works best to have a wax layer both below and on top of the collage element to hold it securely in place. Items that are not absorbent, like plastic, are harder to adhere with wax. It is important that any organic items such as dried flowers/leaves, be completely DRIED before using. The heat gun or iron are the suggested fusing tools for this, as the blow torch can ignite some collage elements!

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