FAQs

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Q. Can you stamp a name or custom word on the stamped copper and sterling silver bracelets?
A. Yes, click here for custom stamped bracelets.

Q. Are all of your products handmade?
A. Yes. While some of the products use pre-fabricated materials (such as chain and ear wires) most of the materials start out raw (wire, sheet metal, leather, beeswax, oils, etc.) and is hand fabricated into the products you see by cutting, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering, sanding, etc.

Q. Do you make everything by hand?
A. For the most part, yes. Currently, with the exception of only an item or two, I make all of the items here at Roots Revival Co. It is my vision to bring in other handmade items into the Roots Revival Co. offerings, so in addition to making I will start curating as well. Stay tuned.

Q. What is encaustic?
A. Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C. Wax is an excellent preservative of materials. It was from this use that the art of encaustic painting developed. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and pitch to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships and later, merchant ships. Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of  beeswax, resin and pigment), that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a porous surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil.

Encaustic is also the most durable artists’ paint. This is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass. Encaustic paint does not require the use of solvents. As a result, a number of health hazards are reduced or eliminated.

 

 

 

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