Damar Gum / Damar Resin Refined Food & Art Grade.
Damar resin (or Dammar) is obtained from the Dipterocarpaceae family of trees in India and East Asia. It is usually produced by tapping trees; however, some is collected in fossilized form from the ground. The Damar gum varies in colour from clear to pale yellow, while the fossilized form is grey-brown.
Damar is used in foods, as a clouding or glazing agent, and in incense, varnish, paint making, encaustic paints and other products
Note: If your intention is to dissolve the damar gum in beeswax, we recommend that you purchase our “natural damar gum” (link to natural damar) as it melts and dissolves easier. This refined damar is more suitable for solvents such as natural turpentine.
Damar varnish, made from Damar gum mixed with turpentine, was introduced as a picture varnish in 1826 commonly used in oil painting, both during the painting process and after the painting is finished. A good varnish can be made with a proportion of 600g Damar to 1L of turpentine (Damar is soluble in Gum Turpentine but not Mineral Turpentine). This can be thinned as needed to suit brush-ability requirements for individual jobs.