Minding My Beeswax

On the trip I was working on an English Paper Piecing project using the 1″ Side Mylar Pieces for English Paper Piecing from our products.  I go in spurts when it comes to hand sewing projects, and started this project a couple of months ago.  It was the perfect project to take on a road trip.  Once I got started, I realized that I had been frustrated with my beeswax in the plastic holder, and my little pellet that I was using instead was lost.

I rather suffered through on the trip with what I had, but this morning I decided that I needed to remedy the situation.   I have recently been struggling with my thread knotting and fraying, in spite of the fact that I was running it through beeswax.  I realized just before the trip that I had given my old beeswax with holder to my granddaughter a couple of years ago and bought a new one to replace it.  Could it be that the new beeswax was the issue?  Yep!   I have beeswax pellets in the house for creams that I make with essential oils, and I stuck one of those in the kit.  My knotting and fraying problems disappeared when I started using it… at least until I lost it.

Today is the day I am going to fix that problem.   I gathered my supplies (my beeswax pellets, a metal measuring cup, a toothpick to stir it, and a heat resistant small bowl), and then went looking for something to mold the beeswax in.  I tried a bathroom paper cup, but it was going to be too big for the holder.  Then I found a shave gel lid, which was also too large.  Then a found a lid on a hair styling product that was maybe a bit small, but close enough.

Beeswax Project
I found a “mold” that is close enough to the correct size.

I started my electric teapot to boil water, and then put some pellets in the measuring cup.  Once the water came to a boil, I poured some into the heat resistant bowl, being careful that it was not so deep as to run into the measuring cup, and then put the measuring cup with the pellets into the bowl.

Melting the pellets.
Melting the pellets.

I had to pour out the water more than once and add fresh HOT water to the bowl before the pellets were totally melted.  Once the pellets were melted I poured them into the hair care lid mold, and checked the height of the liquid against the opening in the container opening.

Measuring the beeswax
Measuring the beeswax.

It was not quite thick enough, so I dropped a few pellets into the still hot beeswax, and pushed them into the soft beeswax.  I did not like the rough surface on top of the wax, so I melted just enough pellets to be able to add them to the mold and have a smooth surface on the previous wax.  I added them to the mold and put it in the refrigerator for about a half hour, until it was set up hard.  It was then easy to pop out of the mold, and put in the holder.

Adding a little more beeswax.
It fits pretty good and I have no doubts it will work great!

To use, you just run your thread through one of the slots in the case, and pull the thread through the beeswax.  It will cut a slit into the wax, but you can push the slot closed with your fingers, or reheat the wax and put it back into the mold if you desire.  I wait to do this until many slots are cut and it is kind of looking like the edges will fall off.

The beeswax slightly stiffens the thread so that it doesn’t knot up when you are sewing, and strengthens the thread at the same time.  In my book, it is a “must do” when sewing on buttons.

I hope this helps you create something today, even if it is just a piece of beeswax to help you out another day!

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