Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wax resist

A method of producing decorative end- and cover papers, similar to the process used in BATIK . The wax acts to resist the paint in the CRAYON-RESIST process. Approximately equal parts of beeswax and paraffin are used. The mixture is heated, and, if a crackled effect is desired, additional brittleness may be imparted by the addition of more paraffin. The melted wax is applied to the paper in lines, spots and/or various shapes. A water color wash is applied over the entire surface of the paper, and adheres only to the unwaxed areas. The wax is removed by placing the paper between protective sheets and pressing with a warm iron. The wax-resist process is also used at times in decorating the leather covers of books. (183 , 311 )

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