* Muse Art and Design

Posted on February 22nd, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links, Wants.

We spent the long weekend in Portland visiting friends and taking advantage of Oregon’s lack of sales tax.  I have still been on the hunt for an encaustics torch, so that was my mission.  In the class, we had either a little creme brulee torch or a big propane torch available to use, neither of which I liked.  The creme brulee torch was difficult to control, heatwise, and the big one was difficult to handle, size-wise.  Searching around, I saw a lot of people recommending the Iwatani butane torch, a higher end kitchen tool.  The torch attaches to a canister of gas about the size of a hairspray can, and it gives you lots of control.  Also, kitchen supply stores seemed to be carrying it for just about the same price as the bad kitchen torches.  I wanted to find a local source so I could get a look/feel at it, and so I wouldn’t have to pay hazardous materials shipping for the butane cans.

It just so turns out there’s a completely amazing encaustic supply store literally down the street from where my friends live in Portland: Muse Art and Design, who also run encausticsupplies.com.  They stocked the Iwatani torch and gas (though I did pay a little more than I was able to find it on the web).  I also got some nice cheap white wax blocks, and some wax sheets.  I’d been looking for wax sheets everywhere!

The store was small, but very packed with neat stuff.  I will definitely be back.

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