Hot Cakes are ready-to-use professional encaustic paints that come in a convenient reusable metal tin. Artist-quality colors made from the most beautiful pigments, the finest damar resin, and United States Pharmaceutical Grade (USP) beeswax, Hot Cakes paints contain no bleach or synthetic adulterants. Plus, because they're solvent-free , they require no turpentine or mineral spirits for cleanup. Enkaustikos uses only the finest, artist-grade , lightfast pigments in the manufacture of Hot Cakes encaustic paints, which are engineered to withstand the heat requirements of the encaustic process without color shift. The company's milling operation employs state-of-the-art technology capable of shearing pigments to their smallest particle size to bring out their true personalities. The design of the Hot Cakes tin makes these encaustic paints extremely easy to use. Simply unscrew the lid, place the metal tin onto a hot palette, and allow the paint to melt to 150°F to 175°F. The tin's flat bottom ensures that the paint will melt evenly. When finished, allow the paint to cool, and replace the lid to keep the paint clean and dust-free during storage. The tin's safety rim also makes cleaning the tin very easy so it can be refilled and reused. Painting with Hot Cakes encaustic paints allows delicate layering of thin, transparent glazes and the creation of heavy impasto textures within minutes without concern for "fat over lean." Scraping to reveal underlying colors or add texture, surface modeling, and other techniques are accomplished easily with Hot Cakes. They're ideal for altered art, painting, printmaking, book-making , mixed media, sculpture, photography, and even digital art. Unlike other art mediums, encaustic paints can be reworked immediately or even years later simply with the addition of heat. Enkaustikos Hot Cakes Encaustic Wax Paints were awarded "Best New Product" and "Best Packaging" at the 2009 NAMTA Convention.