Nope, it's not wax, but if that was your first thought then my mission's accomplished! By strategically mixing and applying acrylic paint over a very textured surface, I transform ordinary sticks into what looks like beautiful, overly dripped candlesticks. The texturing process adds strength and provides a better grip! Spar-urethane is applied several times for waterproofing and UV protection. Most Unique Gift EVER!! This has NEVER been done before! All items are fully functional and are totally ART!