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HOW TO CARE FOR
ENCAUSTIC ART

People often ask me “will it melt?” The wax surface cures or hardens about two weeks after completion, and it would take extreme heat to melt a painting after this curing process. (Wax melts at about 150 degrees.) However, care should be taken to avoid placing the encaustic artwork in a hot car or in direct sunlight. In cold weather, encaustics should not be subjected to temperatures below 40 degrees.

Since beeswax is impervious to moisture, encaustic paintings will not deteriorate or fade with age. Care should be taken to protect the edges of a painting, especially if there is wax overhang from layers of wax overlapping the edges of the piece. The pieces do not need to be covered in glass, actually much of the surface texture is obscured if encaustics are put behind glass.