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The R&F Hot Plates are the perfect tool for working with encaustic paints. They provide a platform on which to keep knives and brushes warm and ready for use. They also make a great heated surface for mixing colors.
The aluminum plate is available in 12" × 12" (30 cm × 30 cm) with a 1/4" (6.4 mm) thick surface, or 16" × 16" (41 cm × 41 cm) with a 3/8" (9.5 mm) thick surface. The surfaces are made of thick aluminum steel alloy and have been anodized to prevent discoloration of several of the light pigments. Heat is conducted evenly across the entire surface, making the plates ideal for use with palette cups (sold separately), or for mixing colors directly on the surface. Both Hot Plates include a heat source.
16" x 16" Hot Plate
This Hot Plate features adjustable legs and also includes an attached brush holder.
Large Rectangle Cups, Pkg of 3
This pack includes three large rectangular palette cups. Each cup measures 3-7/8" × 2-1/2" (9.8 cm × 6.4 cm) and holds one full-size R&F encaustic cake for easy melting. Caution: a full-size cake will overflow the cup if completely melted.
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Not the cheapest, but very convenient
By Ava Gogh
Comments about R&F Hot Plates and Palette Cups:
Some Encaustic artists use old tuna fish cans...thus the R&F pallet tin is not critical to getting started, and compared to free, it's pricey. However, things to consider: it does not wear out, it is perfectly flat bottom to transfer heat, it conveniently fits the 40ml R&F paint blocks, and more importantly it fits wide brushes. Summary, it is purposely designed for the medium, so if you can, splurge to make your experience more pleasurable. If you can't, do whatever keeps you painting.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Santa Fe
I bought the smaller version earlier and it was solidly constructed and heated well. This larger version is missing the bottom board or support and the heating element is loose underneath. It's much harder to set up and even with the burner on high the plate takes forever to get warm and just barely heats the wax. I've fiddled with it over and over again and yes the burner is firmly and fully flat against the underside of the metal plate but still it is inadequate. Simply, this larger very expensive hot plate should have been designed better with a more robust burner. I'd return it but no one else is making these encaustic hot plates. I'm thinking of buying a second burner for it. There's room for two. Perhaps I should have stuck with my much cheaper pancake griddle.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
These palette cups are great
from Forest Grove, OR
As my encaustic art continues to progress, I'm finding I need larger containers for my medium. These cups are of high quality metal with flat bottoms so the medium melts quickly and stays warm even when I temporarily remove the cup from the hot plate.
from Pembroke , mass
These large pallet cups are so handy I buy a package of them each time I order paint. Very sturdy , love them !
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Waxing Poetic
from Seattle, WA
Nice product - very rigid. Paint will not pop out when cooled (unless placed in the freezer). Just because the paint fits nicely into the pan, don't be tempted to melt the entire block. When you need to add a small amount of that color to your pallet you'll have to melt the whole pan unless you've saved a piece for directly melting on the surface of your pallet. Ask me how I know this.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Palette is fine
By Green Mountain Artist
Sorry about the bad experience by the previous user (Palo Alto artist) but the easiest way I personally found to control the temperature so the wax isn't smoking or too cold, is to very lightly turn the HEIGHT nobs of the palettle up or down, to just barely touch the hot plate coil... That gives more control of the temperature of the wax & is much easier to reach & adjust then the "temp control" knob of the heated coil once it is underneath the palette. Once you get this set, you pretty much never have to touch the temp controls again, unless you are going for different effects with the paint or medium. Granted, the palette / hot plate combo is much more expensive than a teflon griddle at Walmart/Target, but the palette is beautiful to work on & lots of fun for monoprints, etc. Hoping it lasts a lot longer than a cheap teflon griddle too (I've been using my palette 3 full days/ week for almost a year now)
(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
By palo alto artist
from palo alto
I bought this a few months ago when I was getting started in encaustics having worked in oils. The encaustic paint has to heat within a certain temp range (there are no temp indicators on the dial btw) or it will either be burning or it wont be liquid enough. the temperatures on this thing fluctuate wild within a mico milimeter of the dial. I spent an hour trying to get the paint within a 30 degree range. there is no way to control it. I am sorry I bought this thing and will probably throw it away. waste. BUY AN ELECTRIC GRIDDLE. It is sooooo much better- way bigger, way cheaper, way better temp control. this is a total rip-off AND it isn't functional.
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