Imago Natural Modelling Wax is made from all natural materials,
beeswax made by bees, lanolin from sheep’s wool and lime flour
(CaCO3) is what shells are made of.
It comes in boxes of 500 gr containing 30 little pieces that fit easily in a child’s hand to be warmed up to soften and played with. It is made in a neutral beige colour, its natural colour, and not dyed. This stimulates children’s (and our own) imagination, and the wax can be turned into anything, a flower, any animal, a house, a person…. with no colour predetermining what it should become. This kind of play will stimulate the faculty of building inner pictures and imaginations. Like a piece of wood can at one time be a car, another time a dog and later part of a landscape… and, so this neutral plasticine can stimulate free play and an endless variety of imaginations when it is reused over and over again.
Because it is made with beeswax and lanolin, the modelling wax will harden when it is cold. To soften it, you can use the warmth of your hands while kneading it. If that is not warm enough, you can put it in the sun, in some warm water, or use a warm wheat bag. If it gets too hot, it will melt, but don’t worry, when cooling down it will harden again.
After you have enjoyed playing with it, it may leave a film on your hands. This is the beeswax and lanolin and it will get absorbed by the skin in a little while. Washing with warm water and detergent will get it off too, but then you missed the opportunity to soften those hands.
Here are some people’s experiences:
- A mother about her 8 year old boy: “My son uses this clay when he is feeling wound up to help him calm down.”
- In her workshops, the artist Claire Beynon, uses the modelling wax for people to express their ideas about different topics:
‘Imago modelling wax has captured the imagination of many small hands in our therapeutic classroom.It has supported many a shy child in the forming of a bridge to new friendships as they breathe into the creatures and worlds that they are forming.We have found it to be a wonderful tool to use when watching and listening to children express themselves.We wouldn’t be without it!’
C.A. at Waikato Waldorf School
Cost: $25/box plus postage
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