The Columns

Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

Back to Article
Back to Article

Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

Anna Cronin, Staff Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






If you enjoy making arts and crafts with friends, the Falcon Center Main Street has been the place to be! On February 19th, students were guided through the process of making unique wax hand sculptures.

What Was The Process Like?
The process of making the wax mold is comparative to that of moving down an assembly line. With each step to the left, the wax sculpture increasingly resembled a realistic model of the student’s hand. Unfortunately, what many students in the back of the line with restricted view may not have anticipated was the first step in which we were directed to soak our hand in soapy ice water. One student, Bobbi Uphold described the experience with the cold water as “you basically go fully numb from fingertip to wrist”.

After braving the mini ice bath and rinsing off the soap Uphold states, “you dip back and forth between burning hot wax and cold water”. Luckily, the making of the mold was quick and the discomfort didn’t last long. A man aiding the tail end of the process helped students free their hand from the wax and add one or more colors, dyeing the sculpture. Students were then able to decorate their sculptures with various crafts sprawled out around a table.

What Made This Event So Popular?
Students were intrigued by the flyers posted on the doors and walls of different campus buildings. Given that the cold weather has caused students to seek inside activities, many welcomed the new experience. Uphold was just one of many students who attended the event. She and her boyfriend “were going for a heart shape”, each modeling one half of the heart. As for Anthony Hardy, he and his girlfriend had a similar idea. In an interview he explained, “We decided on doing the “I love you” symbol, then afterwards we swapped so she’d have my hand and I’d have hers.”. Who would have guessed making wax hand sculptures could be such an exciting social event? I guess we never really know until we try it.

Share us!:
About the Contributor
Anna Cronin, Staff Reporter

Anna Cronin is a psychology major, who joined The Columns to expose herself to journalism and encourage herself to become more involved in campus activities.

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Campus Events

    Community Conversation on Substance Abuse Fixes Wed. March 27, 2 pm, MMA, Ruth Ann Musick Library

  • Campus Events

    Fairmont State Begins Addiction Recovery Support Group

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Campus Events

    International Womens’ Day held on March 8

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Campus Events

    Wind Ensemble Blows Audience Away

  • Campus Events

    March Movie Nights

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Falcon Center

    Pets Ease Stress of Midterms

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Guest Speakers

    Fairmont’s NOAA Satellite Dishes

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Campus Events

    Fairmont State Hosts Blood Drive

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Black Student Union

    Black Student Union Launches first Annual Black History Month Celebration

  • Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand

    Folklife Center

    The Blanket Town

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Fairmont State University
Wax Hand Sculptures: Unique To Your Hand