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Friday, August 22, 2008

Pouring a wax block for the Honey Contest - year 2

I'm trying today to pour a good wax block in hopes that I don't have to make 10 attempts like last year. Here is the liquid wax, poured into a brand new brownie pan. The whole kit and caboodle sits in a hot water bath in a roasting pan. This allows for even cooling and keeps the block from cracking.


The picture below is out of focus, but it is a picture of my hand, using a toothpick to pop any bubbles in the wax block that rise to the surface in the early part of cooling.

After about 30 minutes the block looks like this. I leave it until the water around it is cold and the block has no heat rising from it. Usually that takes all day or over night, depending on when I pour it.

Tonight here's the finished product. I'm almost happy with it. There's a white mark on one side and if it doesn't polish out, I'll be pouring this again!
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3 comments:

  1. Hello Linda,
    Beautiful block you have there. I was wondering how you strain your wax? I'm having much trouble with fine hive particles.

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  2. I put my wax from the hive into the solar wax melter that I made from a Styrofoam cooler - directions are on the blog sidebar. It filters out everything and the wax is clean and gorgeous for such things as making a block or candles.

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  3. Linda, Thank you. I appreciate your bee blog. There's good practical stuff here. I started with bees in March & consider your blog a reference. Thanks.

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