Auction Adhesive: Beeswax versus Museum Putty

By Marsha Collier, Patti Louise Ruby

Some online auction sellers use beeswax to secure items in an irregular position for photography. For instance, when you want to hold a piece of jewelry or a gem at a specific angle, beeswax may be great. But it often can be difficult to remove from the object you’re photographing. Using museum putty (not the gel, the putty!) works much better; it holds even tighter, and is so very easy to remove from the item once you’ve finished taking its picture.

You can buy a package of museum putty for a few bucks on eBay, and it will last you virtually forever.