There is a wide range of batik tools in the batik process. It is essential to choose the best batik tools to get a final quality product. We look forward to discussing some of the key batik tools needed for the batik industry.

  • Cantings (or tjantings)
  • Wooden Printing Blocks
  • Copper stamps (tjaps)
  • Batik Funnel Pen
  • paintbrush
  • Kemper Fluid Writer Pen
  • Little Dipper Pen
  • etc.

Tjanting Tool (These tools for applying wax)

Traditional indonesian batik

Tjanting (or canting) is a beautiful Javanese tool for applying wax to fabrics when making batik. They have a long handle and a copper or brass pot that holds out molten wax. Tjantings can tricky to use at first. It is a small cup-shaped tool with a handle set at right angles to the foot on one side and a nice spiral arrangement on the other. 

The hot wax draws using the capillary attraction as it is brought to the point with the material. Once you have an understanding of how to use them, you can draw fluid lines on the fabric and create detailed and delicate batik. 

Tjantings are available in a variety of sizes. In general, tanning scales have numbered: a small number leads to a smaller coil. The larger the spot, the wax will come out faster, and the drawn line will be erroneous. Small spotted tangents allow you to wear more slowly, but the wax pot will need more frequent drops to stay warm.

Uses of Tjanting tool.

Unlike a pencil, keep the tanning in your hand. That should give you more control over the tool and make it less likely to leak. Use this for the tjanting cup every time it comes out of the wax jar.

It will collect excess wax from outside the tool and prevent it from falling into your work. It will stop dripping wax until it reaches the fabric to place the first mark on the tool. Make sure the batik tools are warm. Heat each tool in a wax pan before use. Only remove a tool when you ready to make a mark. Take the tanning and immediately put it in the kitchen roll or rag with your other hand. Be careful as the tool and wax are very hot. Bring the tool to your work and confidently place it on the fabric. The tanning should make contact with the sputum fabric.

Start moving straight along the fabric to prevent a massive bang at the beginning of each row. As soon as you finish a mark, take the tool, put it back in the jacket, and move it back into the jar. It helps to retain tanning with minimal sticking to one side to achieve a smooth line. A right-handed person can tilt it slightly to the right. The sputum can run along with the fabric while giving a small gap where the wax could pour. Be sure not to tip it too much or spray wax! Return to the wax bowl frequently after adding each long or short score. Do not wait until the tanning pot is empty – most likely, the wax will cool excessively before that spot.

 how to use tjanting batik tool

Brushes for Batiks

Most batikers are unable to get a tan, and if they can, they prefer to brush their wax completely. Properly cut and sized brushes will give the employee very satisfying results. Of course, the minute line that could do with tanning cannot be achieved with a brush, but a practical line can make as narrow as sixteen inches.

Preparing brushes

This nice work is easy with a shaped brush. Art shapes using brushing. It is dipping into hot wax, preferably a sable, and gently wiping off the excess of wax from the elongated loops without removing the sphere from the shape.

Allow this to cool, then cut to a point with a sharp knife when stiff. Dip one foot into warm paraffin, pausing between layers to allow them to dry. This will allow the wax to settle to a point where it can no longer use with a regular brush. You will need one or two flat soft hair varnish brushes to cover large surfaces.

Tjaps Batik tools

Batik Blok (Block Printing Batik)
tjap tool batik

Artistic Artifacts / Batik Tumble is proud to present the Taps (pronounced “chops”); batik artists use handmade copper tools to seal hot wax patterns on fabrics. They are handmade of copper foil, carefully cut, shaping, and dispersing into beautiful shapes and patterns. Javanese batik artists use them to immerse them in hot wax, shake off excess, and then seal the wax cloth. Aligning the edges of each stamp creates patterns that run the length and width of the fabric.

Batik pens.

Batik pen
A Batik pen (Little Dipper Pen)

Batik Pen melts candles, crayons, batik wax, and paraffin to form a controlled thin or thin line. When the tool is placing at an angle, there are no drops of melted wax. Its heats up quickly and maintains an even more melting temperature. There are many types of pans, such as batik funnel pans and batik wax pans.

  • Make it hot enough to melt the wax. It will not burn. No need for an additional thermostat!
  • That is using for wax-resistant painting, batik, encaustic, pyzanki egg painting, and candle decoration.
  • A small content of wax goes a long way. Used candles and tea light waxes are great for recycling. Or packed in a corrosive cardboard storage box with instructions.
  • It comes with two valves that prevent wax drops.

Wooden printing blocks

Wooden printing blocks
Wooden printing blocks (Tjaps)

Various craftsmen hand-carved these teak logs range from four inches to five or six inches in size. On the back of each block, there is a wooden handle to hold the craftsman in place.

The print also has 2-3 holes for air circulation. Before using them, the blocks are kept in oil for 10-15 days to protect them from wood chips. The fabric to be printed is washing to remove starch and then bleaching and drying. Once completely dry, the fabric stretches out on a printing table and protect it with pins. There must no wrinkles in the fabric. The batik blocks melted on a wax oven for printing, and the blocks immersed in wax. Then stamp on the fabric. The craftsmen are so talented that it is difficult to say where the censorship will begin.

Dye tubs

A plastic dye tub
A Empty plastic dye tub

An excellent craft to use for a dye bath is one of the chiefs for successful dyeing. If one is available, the best thing to use is a seamless copper tube. However, this pot is not accessible to every student and can do a satisfying job in a good sink or enamel pan.

Galvanized iron is safe to use with most dyes, but over time, the acid uses some dyes that will consume the metal. Be sure to have a large enough vessel as crowded items in the dye bath will chase after disasters. A thermometer is a bit of necessity, and one should also have a glass spoon and a mixing stick.

List Of Batik Dyes