What to do with all the beeswax? After a few years of making candles, we wanted to try new beeswax wraps, but the recipe was hard to find. I converted a bunch of online recipes to an approximate ratio by weight of wax, resin and jojoba oil.
- 100g of beeswax
- 30g Damar Resin
- 20g of jojoba oil
- Melt in an old pan, stirring constantly
- Brush on to the fabric with an old paintbrush
- Place in oven on tinfoil-lined baking sheet to distribute wax more evenly. Leave in for 15-30 minutes at 225 F.
- Remove and let cool, separating each of them one at a time.
Notes from 12/2019: used the above ratios and it seemed super sticky when pulling them apart to cool down. The lowest ones in the stack had too much wax, so I had to add more dry fabric at the end underneath to suck up the extra.
100g beeswax + 25g resin + 20g jojoba oil. Melt in double boiler. the resin didn’t melt well at all! Painted result on with a paintbrush onto old linen sheets, and it wasn’t sticky at all. Need more resin.
100g beeswax + 75g resin + 20g jojoba oil. Melted resin first in an old pot. Then once it was melted, added the beeswax and stirred continuously. (beeswax has a low flash point! be careful) This method worked great. Added jojoba later. Painted onto fine muslin. This was good and sticky. Perhaps too much since it leaves a bit of sticky residue on the things it sticks to.
Target 100:50:20. 100+2/3*100 beeswax: 75+2/3*25 resin: 20+2/3*20 jojoba = 166g beeswax : 91g resin : 33g jojoba = 100:55:20. Added 50g of beeswax to the pot to reduce stickiness a bit. This is ok, but still a bit tackier than I think we need. Painted it on and tried putting it in the oven this time… worked better than ironing. Target should be 100:30:20 Wax:resin:jojoba next time!
Research & Notes
Here’s a list of other sites with recipes I took from:
Ingredients are beeswax, pine or damar resin, and jojoba oil
Use thin cotton like bed sheets
WellFolkRevival: 1 cup beeswax : 1/4 cup resin : 2 T Jojoba oil. 140g : 36g : 28g = 100:26:20
TheMontanaFarmhouse: 1 cup beeswax : 1/4 cup resin : 2 T Jojoba oil. Good comparison of different methods. 140g : 36g : 28g = 100:26:20
FaceDownWaste: 40g beeswax : 40g resin : 10g jojoba. = 100:100:25 for 25cm square of cloth
Piwakawakavalley.com: 100g Beeswax : 20g resin : 3tsp/15ml/15g jojoba = 100:20:15
GrowForageCookFerment: 1/4 cup grated beeswax : 2 T resin : 1 T jojoba. Melt everything together and paint on. 140g : 72g : 56g = 100:51:40
1T of powdered resin = 9g
Conversion of beeswax pastilles volume to mass:
|1 cup of pastilles||140g|
|1 tbsp of pastilles||9g|
|1 tsp of pastilles||3g|
1T oil = 14g
1 tsp oil = 5g