MAKING: Beeswax Cloth Wrap
Recipe from our friend, Rachel.
What You'll Need
- Beeswax (they come in either pellet form or in a block - if so, you'll have to grate it)
- Oven tray
- Aluminium Foil
- Cheap Paint Brush
- Thin, tight weave fabric cloth squares (in varying sizes, I like to use 9.5 x 9.5-inches, you can prepare the fabric by sewing the edges or you can use pinking shears to avoid fraying)
- Wash and dry (and iron if you want) the cloth squares
- Optional: Hanger and Clothing Pins
- Pre-heat oven to about 90-100 deg Celsius
- Cover the oven tray with the aluminium foil, lay the cloth square(s) down and sprinkle the grated beeswax or beeswax pellets. Make sure it is well covered.
- Put it in the oven and let it melt for about 7-10 minutes, or until it looks like the beeswax has saturated the cloth
- Remove from oven and use the paintbrush to quickly smoothen the beeswax on the cloth, especially on the edges and corners. Darker/shinier spots indicate that there may be too much beeswax. Beeswax dries fast so move with haste!
- Add more beeswax to dry spots. Repeat the above steps 3 & 4
- If the underside of the cloth is not coated evenly, flip the cloth over and repeat the above steps 3 & 4
- If there is too much beeswax, add another cloth square on top, smoothen clumpy spots (if necessary) and bake. The top piece will soak up some of the wax.
- Lift the beeswaxed cloth and hang it to dry or harden by rigging it on the hanger using the clothing pins
Tip: I found that re-baking the beeswax cloth makes the end product less waxy.
- Should be minimal since the pesky beeswax is contained in the aluminium foil
- Use really hot water & detergent to get the beeswax off the paintbrush
Avoid contact with hot stuff or your beeswax cloth wrap will melt into an unsavoury pile of goop.