The iron is a valuable fusing tool for encaustic painting. The iron is the tool of choice to get a smooth flat wax surface and it works well for fusing over stencils.
I’m not talking here about a regular household steam iron, for encaustic painting choose an iron without holes.In this post, I’ll compare the Encaustic Art Iron and a Ski/Snowboard Iron.
Additional Iron choices include
- a Sealing Iron
- a Travel Iron – adjustable for local voltage. Make sure to get one without steam holes
- Mini Craft Irons
- Airplane hobby irons
When I began encaustic painting I already had a travel iron and it was great (the style is no longer available). It was marginally bigger than the Encaustic Art Iron and had a nice long cord. It is now 30-years old and still works but sometimes the handle will fold when I’m using it. In 2017 I replaced it with The Encaustic Art Iron. Last month I bought the Ski and Snowboard Iron.
The Encaustic Art Iron
The Encaustic Art brand of iron has been made and marketed for encaustic painting.
- I like where the cord comes out of the iron – the bottom right-hand side
- The handle comes off. For some this might be a plus, you can store the iron in less space and even use it as a mini hot-plate – not something that interests me
- Wax builds up around the edge of the face-plate, gets inside the iron and later drips out onto your painting, the travel iron did this as well
- The point of the iron allows you to get into smaller areas
- The temperature markings aren’t clear, perhaps this has been improved on newer models
- It is light-weight made from plastic. After four years of use, the detachable handle fell off and wouldn’t stay back on
I’ve only had this iron for a couple of weeks and I really like it. I was concerned about the dimple pattern on the faceplate but it doesn’t make any difference
- I chose this model as I liked that the cord came out the bottom, most snowboard irons have the cord coming out the top of the handle and I thought that would get in my way. This model has a grove in the handle so the cord can hook in if you like the cord to come out of the top. The only drawback is that my iron is tippy when standing up. It would be better if the cord came out the side
- The handle acts as a cord wrap – but I never pack mine away so not a big selling feature
- The metal faceplate comes up the sides so wax doesn’t build up under the edge of the iron’s face-plate. This means, no unsightly muddy drips from the inside lip!
- Without the point, it is slightly larger covering more area with a single fuse but you can’t be as precise if wanting to fuse a small area
- The temperatue gauge is really nicely marked and has decisive clicks
- The iron is very sturdy. I was concerned that it would be heavy but it is fine. I hope this one will last more than four years.
Please leave your comments below to share your experience using different irons.
Additional Posts Using the iron
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- How to Finish the Edges of Panels with the Encaustic Iron
- Using the Encaustic Art Iron with Heat Resistant Sponges
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