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How to Make Your Own Oil Sticks

by Simon Bland / Jan 23, 2017 / Instruction Materials Tips

Home made oil paint stick

Formula: 1/4 cup bleached beeswax pellets, 2 tablespoons raw umber oil paint, 1 teaspoon alkyd gel, 1/2 teaspoon linseed oil, 1/2 teaspoon d-Limonene

This formula was the result of some experimentation. I think the softness is just right.

The wax is melted in a double boiler, at which point it is removed from the heat and the rest of the ingredients are added. After stirring thoroughly, the mixture is poured into a mold lined with wax paper. After cooling, the stick can be removed from the mold and is ready for use.

The hardest part is actually making the mold - I created one from some pieces of wood that were clamped together. It was a little fiddly, but the results were OK - I will make a better, purpose built form next time.

As with all processes that involve, wax, oil and heat. Please take great care when melting the wax and mixing the ingredients. And never do this on an open flame stove top.