I've gotten back to work on my fine art. Recently, I did a little research on encaustic because in the past, I used strictly beeswax on my sculptures, but I found that a bit of damar resin helps the beeswax heat at a higher temperature (smoking point...it still smoked a bit...such a temperamental business), makes the medium stronger, and helps prevent the foggy film that develops on pure beeswax (I don't mind it, really). Unfortunately, I don't have a scale that measures such minute amounts, so I had to guesstimate the ratio of resin to beeswax. Still, I think that the results are quite good.
I also found some info on Fayum mummy portraits, which is a very interesting read (via). Gum arabic (a material I've experimented with in my fine art) was also used in mummification. Here's a bit more info on this substance (which is used in lithography...you know, I gotta throw in a printmaking reference).