I would like to incorporate wax over my matte surface silver gelatin photographs to give a soft sheen and that beautiful richness that accompanies wax. Anyone have experience?
Here is what I've tried:
Beeswax: gets opaque very fast.
Encaustic wax, with damar, can be applied in very thin coatings. It is does give the translucency and sheen. But it seems impossible to keep dust and brush-hairs off the surface. I guess this is not an issue to encaustic artist as their layers are much thicker and more opaque. But over a photograph it is distracting. Also, I am not sure if this stuff ever truly hardens. It can be buffed to a brillant shine , but scratch marks show.
Renaissance wax: I have just read about this. It seems an excellent conservation wax. All the threads I have picked up relate to glossy/digital images. They say it is almost invisible when finished. I am hoping for a soft luster.
Any experience is helpful!