Clint and I have been using beeswax wraps for some time now as I found some sold and made locally by Sustomi.
We love using them in place of glad wrap but did need some more after a couple got stolen off the bench by the dogs and torn to shreds in the garden.
Although a costly loss, I saw this as an opportunity to learn how to make them myself from scratch and this way I could make them in any size I wanted and also any fabric that I could find.
I’m not much of a sewer so didn’t have any fabric lying around so popped down to spotlight to select a few pieces of fabric.
My favourite eco store in Hobart which also seems to stock everything I could need sold this block made by Sustomi which already had the three ingredients needed being beeswax, natural tree resin and jojoba oil. They did also sell the products individually but the price added up wasn’t too much of a saving and given it was a first try I trusted the Sustomi product to have the correct amounts needed.
I then cut out the fabric into three sizes (30x30cm, 40x30cm and 50x30cm) and given I was doing it on the ironing board, I kept them to 30cms so they fit on the board.
I then laid out one sheet of baking paper and put the fabric on top and then placed the wax on top. I tried grating it on a couple of different settings as well as putting the block in the microwave as it was rock hard and very difficult to get a lot off. Eventually I found that putting the wax onto the iron and melting it onto the material was the best method. Once you have the wax on the material you place another sheet of baking paper on top and iron across the sheet so all the wax melts. You should be able to see if it looks wet enough or if further wax is required.
Whilst it’s still hot, remove the baking paper from either side and hang the sheet onto a clothes horse or line to dry (which should only take a minute or two).
Once they are dry you can see if you need to touch up any missed spots with wax. If it’s completely covered, you are now ready to use them!
I used about 100g of wax for these three wraps and will test these out over the coming weeks and months too see whether I had the right coverage. I now have plenty more material and can buy more wax when this block runs out so can make more if and when required.
It was a fun project and great to know how to make them and another skill added.