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Can I melt wax crayons and use them in encaustic painting?

You may have seen YouTube videos that melt crayons for encaustic medium; this isn’t recommended. Crayons are made with paraffin and a mix of other types of wax. Paraffin is inexpensive but too brittle for encaustic, it tends to crack and chip.

Clear paraffin wax can be used in the encaustic studio to clean your brushes.

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