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I think I understand your mind-set Doc. I'm a "waste not, want not" kind of gal myself. Even if it were FREE, I'd still find a way to revive/reclaim/recycle/reuse whatever it is ;) .....

 

If it's a water based resist, maybe try adding water and let it sit for a few days....see if you can then stir it up with a whisk or one of those little stick blenders. Failing that, maybe try heating it up a bit. Sometimes things rehydrate better when they're warm or hot. ;) Best of luck. Let us know what you find out.

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I buy whatever I need. But, I have a moral stance against wasting.  I am soaking it now. I will let you know what happens

Gismo;

I am a great believer in walking softly on the back of the Earth. I recycle all my clay, I use rain water, I save my glaze washings, but some things you cannot do. Like recycling wax resist. Good on you for trying.

TJR.

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My favorite wax by far is the stuff sold by Ceramic Supply Chicago/Ceramic Supply NY-NJ/Standard. It resists as well as any other, but more importantly it rinses out of brushes with just water and never gums them up. Super good stuff. Every other wax I've used required soap and/or mineral spirits to get them clean, and even they they would gum up after a few uses.

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Neil

 

The Ceramic Supply resist is also very cheap ...$28/gallon. Between that and your recommendation, I have ordered a gallon.

 

TJR

You are a man after my heart. I do most of your practices except for the rain water. We don't have enough rain here to pull that off. I got all of my pottery and welding equipment on Craig's List. Dollar store is also a source for much...and  now will include sponge brushes. 

 

Thanks all for the guidance

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I just had the same problem.  For me, it's 40 miles to the nearest supply store.  I had some detail wax and diluted it heavily.  It worked just like regular wax resist.  It even lost its green color!  Later, I put some boiling water in a container, set the container of regular wax resist in it, and started stirring.  It seemed to be working, so I added a little boiling water to the wax.  In a few minutes I had perfectly smooth wax resist. It works!

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I looked this topic up now,  5 years later,  for an answer.  I just wanted to let you (or more likely anyone googling now) know that I revived totally gross,  solid wax resist. I would've just bought more but my local store is closed today and I had work to get done.  I heated it up and added a little water, and started researching when it wasn't mixing well. It needs an emulsifying agent. I used a squirt of rubbing alcohol. I added it slowly until it was the right consistency and no longer clumping. 

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