Blue wax

Blue is probably the most recognizable wax color out there. You can buy it everywhere in whatever shape or size there is.

So what’s it like to work with blue wax?

A swirl shaped pendant with a round garnet in the centre and a court shape ring with a pattern filed into half the band

For the wax color comparison series, I make some pieces with each wax color. I use all the common tools and techniques and describe how easy/difficult they were. Keep reading along and find the wax that best suits your making style.

Curious about the other colors? Read about green wax, purple wax, turquoise wax, gold wax and Wolf gold wax.

Piercing

I used a regular saw blade for this. With a wax blade, all colors would end up with the same verdict: quick and easy. Besides, you want to use a regular blade for precision work.

Blue wax dust from piercing

Thick pieces (ring tube etc): piercing is decent and pretty quick. You only get fine dust on your first few saw strokes, but it quickly starts to clump together. When that happens piercing becomes even easier.

Thin pieces: piercing thin pieces is even quicker and easier. You can pierce accurately to the line from the start.

Hand files

Big sections (side of a ring etc): filing big sections is great. You see immediate results with every file stroke. If you’ve pierced through cleanly, you only need a couple of file strokes to get a smooth flat surface.

You only get fine dust that doesn’t clog the files at all.

Super fine blue dust from filing

Small sections: filing small sections is good. You see quick results with every file stroke.

The wax dust does clog your files eventually.

Hand file with blue wax dust on top

And brushing the file with your hand doesn’t remove all the dust.

Hand file with little bits blue wax dust on top

You really have to get in between the teeth of the file with a toothbrush or even your fingernails to get rid of everything.

Hand file cleaned from blue dust

Needle files

Needle files work great on blue wax. You can easily file the wax into the shape you want. If you don’t put a lot of pressure on your file, you can get a pretty clean surface finish with just files alone.

The wax does clog your needle files.

Needle file clogged with blue wax

And there is only so much you can remove by just brushing them with your hand.

Needle file with little bits of blue wax still stuck

If you want to get rid of everything, you have to get in between the teeth of the file. A toothbrush can work or use your fingernails to push those wax bits out.

Needle file cleaned from blue dust

Carving tools

Carving tools work great on blue wax as well. You can easily refine your shape and add details with them. You can make good curves and get flat surfaces without a problem.

Front view of the swirl shaped pendant

Melting

Repairing: melted wax transfers really easily. Both from liquid onto a wax pen and from wax pen to a different piece of wax. There is only minimal stringiness when transferring.

Blue wax ring with granulation

You can get a good blob onto a break.

Blue wax ring with blob

And it files away without a problem

Blue wax ring with the blobs filed back

Remelting scraps: Scraps melt down quickly and evenly. You end up with a nice workable piece of wax again.

Round piece of newly melted blue wax.

Burring

Burring is good. The burr goes into the wax quickly and you can remove a lot of wax fast. But the burr can dig in if you’re not paying attention! Going slower will get you better results.

Swirl pendant with burred grooves

Marking

Marking is ok. You can get good deep lines, but wax dust clings to the edges.

Blue wax with pattern marked on it with loads of dust still on the edges

You can remove the majority of the dust with a toothbrush, but some wax dust stays inside the marks. This isn’t a super big problem. The lines are still clearly visible, even with some dust in them.

Blue wax with pattern marked on it

Stanley knife

A stanley knife works great on blue wax. You can remove thin slivers and small sections.

The knife only cuts where you want it to and then stops.

Blue piece of wax with stanley knife in it

You can only see the small line the knife leaves behind.

Blue piece of wax with stanley knife mark

Verdict

Blue is the default wax for a reason. It works well with every tool. No matter what your project is, blue wax can get the job done.

Comment below and tell me your experience working with blue wax!