Hold Everything! With Scenery Wax
Scenery wax (aka adhesive wax) is one of those things I keep in the top drawer of my work table. I use it constantly for holding miniatures in place. And it is an amazing bargain, because a little tub goes a long way!
Here are a few ways I use scenery wax…
- Keep miniature furniture in place in a miniature scene.
- Hold miniature accessories, like books or ink wells in place ON furniture.
- Hang pictures and mirrors on walls.
- Hold cupboard doors in posed positions.
- Position mini rugs in place.
- To style my mustache… just kidding!
This is my 1 ounce tub of scenery wax that I have been using for several years. It is only my second tub ever, and only because I lost the first one. I left that first tub of Mini-Hold at a miniatures show, so someone in Maine is probably still using it.
Mini-Hold is the brand I’ve used for about 12 years, but I think they’ve stopped making it. The top name brand these days is Museum Wax, which might make you think of Madame Tussaud’s, but I digress.
Just a Dab, Really
For miniatures, it really only takes a small dab. Use a toothpick or a coffee stirrer to scrape out a little scoop. Roll it between your fingers to create a soft ball of wax. This would be enough for the bottom of a chair leg.
Stick down a couple of legs and the chair will stay put. Even if you turn the room upside down. I have a Christmas roombox with many toys and gifts on the floor. They stay in place when I transport the box to work at Christmas.
The other day I had to install a new battery holder on the Christmas scene box. I was able to lay the box on its back while I worked on it, and only a little, metal toy train dislodged. I was a little stingy with the wax on that piece.
Several Brands, Same Stuff
I’ve used a couple of brands and they are the same stuff. One might be higher quality than another, but not so you would notice in hobby miniatures work.