Shellawax Cream Wax when hard?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Hacksaw007 posted 11-14-2015 10:58 PM 1049 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Hacksaw007's profile


619 posts in 3704 days

11-14-2015 10:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning

My question is short, I have two half used jars of Shellawax Cream that I use on pens. They are Rock hard. I know from reading that you can mix Shellawax liquid to thin it out, but my stuff is very dry and hard. There has to be some secret to bringing back this finishing wax to be used again. I know that there is water and alcohol in it. Any help in allowing me to restore my unused wax would be appreciated. Thanks!


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

3 replies so far

View MrUnix's profile


7484 posts in 2713 days

#1 posted 11-14-2015 11:06 PM

Shellawax Cream will thicken with time as it is exposed to the air and the alcohol evaporates. However it has the unique ability to go creamy when stirred briskly, even if it is reasonably solid.


I’ve also heard that adding a bit of denatured alcohol helps with the above, but that page also says:

Stirring it vigorously will bring it back to a creamy consistency. If it is still not thin enough add a little Shellawax (liquid). If you don’t have Shellawax add a LITTLE BIT of Methylated Spirits do not drown the mix and use this only as a LAST RESORT.



-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

View rich11coop's profile


2 posts in 2431 days

#2 posted 11-15-2015 12:35 AM

Would heating it help?




View lew's profile


12863 posts in 4270 days

#3 posted 11-15-2015 03:40 AM

I thought about warming, too. I use one of these electric candle warmers to heat up my bee’s wax/mineral oil finish.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics