drawing on cloth
The soldering iron worked beautifully once I tuned it to a low temperature. Here's photo of the whole cloth at the finished waxing stage just before I tackled giving it's dark dye.
I used an old sack of wax pellets but didn't like them moving about as I dipped the tool into them to pick up wax. To resolve this I tried melting some in a little old pot to make a block for stabbing at. Strangely enough I found that the parafin wax wouldn't melt in the microwave! Not what I expected at all. I do tend to use the microwave for a quick dye fix as I hate waiting for hours but the logic of normal wax behaviour had me thinking I would have to just sit it out and not hurry the process, until I discovered the wax alone won't melt in the microwave. Now I'm sitting typing and wondering if I was mad to go against my original logic, hoping that the impetuous boost of microwaving just now hasn't melted the wax.