I have been planning on making beeswax wraps for a while now. I finally made time for it last week! I was surprised how simple it was... it took a few attempts and adjustments to my technique but I was really pleased with the results.
I used a combination of shea butter and beeswax. I did quite a bit of research and most people suggested that beeswax alone was not flexible enough, or tacky enough. Pine resin is suggested by a lot of people but I didn’t have any 🤣 so omitted it. I honestly don’t think it’s needed.
I started off by melting my beeswax and shea butter and blending together. I used a metal bowl over a pan of hot water on the hob. The hardest part was shaving the beeswax from the block with a knife. I didn’t use my grater as I only have one! All equipment used in this process needs to be just kept for beeswax wrap making afterwards. I can see why people buy pellets but I was using local beeswax so didn’t have that option.
I then placed my fabric on top of grease proof paper sheets and brushed the melted wax onto the fabric. Immediately I put too much on... but this was easily remedied later on thank goodness.
Next I ironed the fabric in what is referred to as the finishing process. You place your beeswax infused fabric on top of a sheet of grease proof paper. You then put a piece of absorbent fabric on top and then a final layer of grease proof paper on top of that. Iron it on the cotton setting without steam to smooth and spread the wax evenly. Any excess wax will be absorbed by the fabric.