When the wax is set, use a sharp knife to prize the wax out of the pot. Discard the water down an outside drain. The water will be very full of the impurities, but some will still remain in the set wax. Scrape off as much as you can.
Place the wax again in the double boiler and melt on a low heat. Using an old stocking, place it over your mold stretched tightly. Tip: Use a lot of newspaper in this work, as the wax tends to get everywhere. NB. Never wash any pots or utensils you may have used in the the dishwasher.
When the wax is melted pour into your mold and the residues will remain behind.
Discard your old stocking.
Result rendered beeswax ready to use in crafts.
Beeswax is used industrially in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, polishes, and candles. Uses for beeswax on a small scale include:
|lost-wax casting of metals|
|wax printing and batiking of cloth|
|polishes for wood and leather|
|strengthening and waterproofing thread for sewing|
|treatment of cracked hooves of domestic animals|
|making of comb foundation or wax starter for beehives.|
Most methods of rendering wax use hot water to melt it. They are based on the fact that beeswax floats in water. A few words of caution are in order, however: