Beeswax DIY Kits
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Our DIY kit is the perfect isolation activity that everyone in the family can do together. The block contains the mix of ingredients, which is the same as we use for our wraps. All you have to do is melt the block and apply to your fabric.
Each block is approximately 90g and should be sufficient to make the equivalent of 2 of our starter packs (small, medium & large) and a couple of extra small wraps. If you already have some beeswax wraps, then you can use this mix to re-coat them when they begin to lose some of their sticking ability.
Each block comes wrapped in a medium size piece of fabric for you to use to make your first wrap. We have provided the following instructions to make the process as simple and easy as possible as well as the safest method to use, especially when children are involved. It is important that you use equipment that won’t be used again for food preparation, the op shops are a great outlet to find these items. Please read through the instructions carefully before you begin
What you need:
1. An old pot
2. A brush – pastry brush
3. Iron & ironing board.
4. Baking Paper – 2 sheets
5. Rubber gloves
Prepare your fabric, cutting it into the desired sizes, if possible use pinking shears to avoid the fabric fraying. If you don’t have these, then normal scissors are fine, just ensure you don’t have any frayed edges. You can always snip them off prior to applying your mix.
In your pot, melt the block of wax mix slowly over a low heat, keeping a watchful eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil.
Place your piece of fabric on the baking paper and iron it to remove any creases. When the wax has melted, using your brush, quickly apply the wax over the fabric. Cover your fabric with the other sheet of baking paper and iron your fabric in circular movements. It is not necessary to coat the entire fabric with wax as it will spread through the fibres once you apply heat from the iron. You will notice how the wax spreads and if you find any areas that are not completely covered, you can always add more mix and then re-iron. It is better have too little than too much wax on your fabric. Ensure you have coated the edges well as this will prevent future fraying of your wrap.
Quickly remove the top sheet of baking paper and then lift your fabric off the remaining sheet, you need to work reasonably fast here as the wax will solidify quickly. Hold your fabric by the corners and gently wave it in the air, you will see how quickly your wrap cools. At this point you can use your wrap, but I prefer to let it dry completely overnight before using. Scrunching up your wrap prior to first use will warm it enough to really stick well. It is the heat of your hands that warms the mix, which makes it stick to itself. Remember to keep your wrap away from any heat source from this point on as it will reduce its useful life.
If you have any mix left over you can leave it in the pot until you are ready to make your next lot of wraps, then you can simply reheat it and away you go.
How to clean up: Very important part.
It can get a bit messy making the wax wraps but don’t worry, the following instructions are how to clean all your equipment and your hands afterwards.
Turn your oven onto a warm heat, about 60-100 degrees Celsius. Place a paper towel on a tray and lay your brush on the towel. Any wax left on these will drip onto the paper. With the brush, you may need to use some extra paper towels to remove as much of the mix as possible. Wipe over these items with the paper towel to remove any residue and then with another paper towel apply some vegetable oil, this acts like a solvent and will remove almost all of the remaining mix from your brush. You can also place your pot in the over to warm it, make sure it has a metal handle and use a cloth to remove it from the oven. Take a paper towel and wipe it over before applying some vegetable oil with another paper towel to remove the excess. At this point you can wash these items in hot soapy water.
To remove mix from your hands, use a paper towel with some vegetable oil and wipe them well, you will be left with oily hands but then you can wash them in warm soapy water to remove the oil.