Enkaustikos XD Wax Medium
XD Wax Medium gets it's name from the extra damar we use to make it. This wax medium has a higher content of damar resin than the original, giving it a thicker consistency when liquefied. It also has a sticky tack while drying for easy texture build up and will stay pliable for a longer time than our original Wax Medium. Once cooled however, it is resistant to surface alterations from scraping or incising and offers a hard film. Like the original, XD can be used as a base coat, wax paint extender for glazing, and especially useful as a topcoat. If you want to achieve a glass like surface with a single topcoat, this is the product for you.
XD Wax Medium is available in the following sizes:
Hot Cake Tin
1.5 fl. oz (45ml) Tin,
6 fl. oz (177 ml) Tin,
Resealable Silver Bags
8 oz. (227 g)
16 oz. (454 g)
A few reasons why damar resin is added to beeswax is to raise melting point of beeswax, add translucency and to provide a harder finish. The more damar resin added to beeswax, the harder the medium becomes. Therefore, it is a good idea to work on a rigid support, especially where thick applications are used. This will help prevent undesired cracking. However, you will find that when XD is thinly applied and thoroughly absorbed into paper it does not crack and is not brittle.
XD is not only used as a top coat or to enhance your paints. You can easily make your own wax medium with XD.
Here is how to make your own beeswax and damar resin wax medium in any concentration without the laborious task of filtering damar resin. Simply use Enkaustikos XD Wax Medium like you would use a bouillon cube in cooking.
XD Wax Medium comes in a 1 fl. oz disc. (Our Canadian artists prefer to call them pucks). Starting with 4 discs of XD, add the following amount of refined beeswax to make your desired beeswax to damar formulation.
14 oz. of beeswax will yield an 8 to 1 ratio
12 oz. of beeswax will yield a 7 to 1 ratio
10 oz. of beeswax will yield a 6 to 1 ratio
8 oz. of beeswax will yield a 5 to 1 ratio
6 oz. of beeswax will yield a 4 to 1 ratio
4 oz. of beeswax will yield a 3 to 1 ratio
2 oz. of beeswax will yield a 2 to 1 ratio
*Enkaustikos recommends using either white or natural yellow U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Beeswax.
XD is available in Hot Sticks, Wax Snaps, 1.5 & 6 fl oz Hot Cakes, 8 & 16 oz refills as well as 5 &10 lb bulk.