I plan to use 80% wax and 20% jojoba oil (because I have bought it) – she said there is no need for roisin if you use oil. Also where u buy the pot protection liners? My cotton squares just seem a little more firm, but definitely not as effective as the ones I’ve bought… Additionally, I used filtered (white) beeswax so that it didn’t stain my fabric yellow… any thoughts on filtered vs. Unrefined? Most people have a harder time finding the pine rosin, but I suppose it’s cheaper per kilo to use more of it! The mixture bars are a similar texture to a block of beeswax, but slightly tackier and softer. Making beeswax wraps can be sticky. It works like a charm. I am using simple Stainless steel pot to directly heat it to melt, isn’t it enough? It’s nice to know it’s possible. Hi Vanessa, are they cracking when you use them?That can happen when you have too much coating on the fabric. Coconut Oil is much cheaper than Jojoba – BUT – after a short while it gives out this rancid smell which is not pleasant – especially if you are using the wraps for food! Wondering if anyone is still watching this thread! I think I’ll try yours. Um, super jealous that you own a blueberry orchard…. – I could NOT EVER get my double boiler to ever get hot enough to melt the rosin (it was always globed up at the bottom) so I direct melt in a pan….outside. “The Enkaustikos Damar Resin has been FDA approved for coating fruit and vegetable crates during shipment.”, This is in reply to Neranza Noel Blount’s comment that Thanks for your comment Sharon. Clearly food safe if it’s used for chewing gum : ). I will give it a try and give feedback once done. ), no waiting for melted wax to drip off, hardly any mess. Thanks. . Wow, this is by far the most informative thread for this! Tricia. You should be able to find information by doing an Internet search. I ended up with a lot of excess but will re-melt tomorrow and make more. Required fields are marked *. The rosin sort of balled up and turned dark brown like candied sugar. Thank you for your post! Thank you ? Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, and Tree Resin Recipe Making the mixture that is spread on your wraps is simple. I will start searching as advised. They feel quite stiff. there was two large mixing bowl size, two dinner bowl covers, two jug covers and a lasagna tray size rectangle. Thanks for sharing your method Glenys. Be sure to use good quality cotton, some fabrics are hard to work with and lose their shape when you put the wax on. Cheers Mel. This style of wrap will not have the tackiness of the versions you’ve probably seen at the farmers market or in shops, but it’ll be easy to clean with a texture that works perfectly for wrapping around full loaves of bread, or cookies. I then hung on a clothes horse for a couple of minutes to fully set. The watery residue was tipped out in a corner of the garden with no qualms. These harden quickly in the freezer and I pop them out and store in a gallon size zip loc bag to be used later. I’ve made beeswax ones before but first time tonight trying rosin… once I figure out how to power the chunks! That said, I was under the impression that resin is the raw sap, while rosin is the outcome of processing to remove the natural turpentine. Also, regarding fabric: someone suggested that lighter weight fabrics, such as lawn, work better. I’ve been experimenting making them with my kids at school but find that they feel quite rough compared to the one I bought commercially so I’m not sure if I’m using too much/not enough wax? I also have had the resin clump on one occasion, but just perservered leaving and stirring and it eventually melted in and mixed with the wax. Hello from Maine. The ones with the frankincense may be just a fraction more self-adhering than the plain wax and coconut oil, but there’s not much in it. Normally I like that smell but not on food wraps I didn’t want it to leave a taste on food so I let them hang outside on the clothesline for a few days, just like you said. I went for a 3:1 mix of wax:resin, but think I will do 2:1 next time. I was consistently putting too much on, each time: I found I could heat the next cloth on top of the over-waxed one in the oven, and save myself time both for clearing up the excess, and waxing the next one. I am still trying to find the best proportion of resin to wax to produce the right amount of stickiness. Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps est un facile. Pine resin: Pine resin is what gives the wraps the tackiness needed to stick to a container to seal. There is a lot of wax that comes out and I do try to soak it into other pieces but it is still very messy. Maybe I’ll try ironing next! Patricia, In my research this evening, I saw that Amazon sells a synthetic pine rosin that is supposed to be hypoallergenic. Just melt what you need. I discovered when I used a fabric that I didn’t prewash, that the colour ran for some reason once I applied the mixture …. Perhaps the globbing of resin is in some way due to moisture contamination. Once the fabrics are evenly saturated, quickly lift the parchment and peel apart the fabrics before the wax mixture solidifies. I am new to beeswax wrapping, I read in the comments about dipping the fabric in the wax mixture is there a technique to this?. This is a normal process that occurs from the hardening of the fats and waxes, and it will become stable at or around room temperature. Has anybody experience this? Jojoba oil makes the wrap pliable. Really interesting to read all the comments here. I used a mix of powder and chunks. The wax melts and seeps into all areas of the cloth. 4.4 out of 5 stars 173 ratings. Basically, the warmth of your hands makes them pliable so that you can use them: For wrapping snacks, fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and more In place of cling wrap over a bowl or other container I would contact the supplier you’re considering buying from to ask for more detail. i used yellow beeswax, and it only tinted the fabric very slightly. This was my second purchase of the DIY Beeswax Wrap Kit. Any suggestions? As and FYI, I purchases some lovely pieces of organic non-GMO cotton poplin from http://www.simplififabric.ca, just waiting to become wraps. I went on to their website and found out that they also sell the Damar Resin which I heard was better than the Pine Resin. I’ve tried something similar, without good results as the 3 materials don’t have a chance to mix properly. I quite like this method of creating small pucks of the combined mixture, now that Ive tried it this way myself. The double boiler helps to prevent overheating, burning or separating. I also have a coffee grinder that is used just for pulverising the pine resin. If you don’t have rosin, it’s not the end of the world and there is another way to achieve some extra tackiness – just use oil and wax, melted to combine using the above method. How to make beeswax wrap easily with iron, & care tips on how to use & clean beeswax wraps! The fabric in the fourth pic probably came from Spotlight. Get it by Sunday, Dec 13. Maybe I put too much on. Combine the beeswax, pine rosin and jojoba in a double boiler on the stovetop to melt, then stir to combine (proportions are noted below in the ingredients section). I think it might be a better process to make a bulk amount of the wax & rosin mixture, let it set it in moulds, and then grate and melt only as needed. Did you know that here in NE Florida we harvest pine trees for their cellulose? Awesome!! Yours was by far the easiest and most sensible to follow. Do you think I can replace the jojoba oil with sweet almond oil? or should i be buying the food grade? Susan, I'm Ananda, a home and garden designer, artist, and lifestyle blogger in Southern California. (This is close to Liz’s recipe I see.) I use a crockpot, and dip. It may take a while, but it does work in the end. Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. I am using “tragacanth gum” instead of “pine rosin gum”. Hi Liz! They do make great gifts, don’t they! My non-resin beeswax wraps do lack the stickiness that I like in ones I have bought. I’ve been making them for a few years now – 80 for Xmas presents last year. I keep this bowl for crafts and got it cheap at the thrift shop – is that a possibility for you to do? Thanks for the update. The bag says they are “derived from trees growing in the Malay states and in the East Indies.” I wanted to know if anything else is compounded into them. I’m also going to dye the fabric with organic yellow onion skins and just did the edges in blueberry juice. The sarongs sound great. it sometimes gets a black tinge on the top piece of paper so you have to ensure you dont accidently wipe this onto the fabric. 6. So now I put all the ingredients in an enameled pan and place directly on the stove. Use medium heat to bring water to boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat. The antibacterial properties of beeswax can also help keep your produce fresh longer. Hope that helps someone! Sadly, Essential Living is not a European supplier. I’m following this thread because I’m making wraps for Christmas presents. The rosin is sometimes still a bit grainy in the bottom of the jar but I don’t use those last dregs. Do you perhaps know how this is determined and how I can check the quality? I also include a large colourful rubber band with he bags when I give as gifts. Should I really use jojoba oil or can we replace it? I’ve read a couple articles that mention using propolis in the beeswax wraps (it’s like bee’s glue- they make it to seal up their hives) but I’m not sure if the bees make it using tree sap, sooo it might not work for you…further research perhaps? Risks from inhaling rosin dust: https://www.nontoxichub.com/rosin-hazards. I’m not much help on the fabric quantity as I’m a bit ad hoc when I make or rewax mine. Someone asked earlier about a method that didn’t involve using an oven – I use the sandwich press method. Plus it will take like a month or more. But when blood starts to clot, what oozes out of the scratch becomes more plasma and less red-cells-and-stuff. The rosin I had was a mix of smaller debris and big chunks. I made the mistake of taking the lumps out and pounding them – with my stupid-head on, I expected that to help them dissolve, like sugar crystals in water. Thanks for the fun fact – I didn’t know we ate cellulose! Seems to be the same problem that Linz had. My husband uses the alcohol to melt propolis for his home-made skin cream, so we happen to have it on hand. Adding a touch of oil helps soften and leverage the beeswax’s subtle tackiness. I ordered and received organic golden Jojoba oil. I’m not an expert in which are best or worst though…. Hi, Great post on the DIY aspects of food wraps. I also encountered the challenge of some resin chunks not melting. I will say, that the frankincense tears that did dissolve in the wax originally left a lot of impurities in the wax, and I have some odd looking brown marks from that. Long lasting and can be refreshed every year. I needed very little resin. Most suppliers of pine resin don’t even indicate the species. I was pre warned about the resin and stired it in scoop by scoop and it dissolved nicely. No double boiler or special pans, *no rosin clumping (*the rosin seems to incorporate during that process. The powder melted fine. You said that you made 25 wraps. I had no trouble melting the rosin (big chunks too) like this and the good thing – I don’t have to clean out the frypan!! Always follow safety practices for all materials and products used here. and I’m wondering if my failure has anything to do with using wax paper instead of parchment? My order arrived promptly and the prices were comfortably within my budget. The one dissolved in vodka, the impurities stayed on the bottom of the jar and I poured out the clean stuff, so that seems a better way to me. If you missed a spot just lift the parchment paper and brush on more wax mixture. I’m holding it at 200 for now. Great beeswax refresher bar for tired worn out beeswax wraps bringing them back to life again. What an incredible tree. I’ve held off trying to make my own waxed cloths until I knew more, but today, encouraged by all the great ideas here, I gave it a try. My guess is that there may be some in the propolis anyway. My tree rosin got black and started burning when I heated the mixture of beeswax and tree rosin onto the stove. Melted bees wax from ebay Either way, I will order something from them as it saves on shipping, duty, taxes, exchange rates and will be much cheaper in the end. Does anyone have any comments on that? Hi, I’m interested in trying to make beeswax wraps, but both pine resin and food grade damar resin from reliable suppliers seem difficult to track down where I am. i gave up and dissolved the rosin in alcohol before adding it to my bees wax and it *FINALLY* worked. Worked some better but still had trouble with the rosin globing up. forgot to say that I like the smell of frankincense and it’s edible, so I love the smell, especially combined with beeswax. The fabric in the fifth pic is a Frida Kahlo print. It works fine. & covers 6 ~ 13 "x 14" squares or smaller. Hi, thank you for amazing tips. There were a lot little bark pieces included, so it was quite a procedure! Quite easy to find at reasonable price. You don't want it too hot as it will start to burn the oil and make the pine resin stink up your kitchen. Put too much on at first and had to squeeze it out with a brush… I happen to have fractionated coconut oil in the house so I was contemplating using that in place of the jojoba, but I am researching if it would be comparable in function and purpose to jojoba since it is a liquid at room temperature and has a long shelf life. I’m not sure what else would give that tacky feeling other than simply another type of tree sap. Rosin sold in most comercial outlets such as Bunnings is not food grade. Thanks. Any ideas on what the max temperature should be or if there’s anything else I can do about this? Rinse well with cold water, and hang them to dry thoroughly. I got a couple of bags of it from somewhere… Thanks for sharing your experience with us. This left a coating too thick so I used an iron to transfer the excess to other undipped pieces. Linen with a tight weave would be great. I agree with those who say there are probably a variations in these natural products as people seem to have widely different experiences with them. Also I’m using a slow cooker to melt and dip but have to wait awhile for the pine resin to melt as it does clump. Then I used the paintbrush method to coat a piece of the fabric with the wax mix and then into the oven on greaseproof paper on a baking tray for 60 secs to remelt thr mix and give sn even smooth finish (oven on 120C). I managed to get some, but the suppliers cannot confirm whether it is food grade. 17 $16.00 $16.00. I’m in the UK and was able to get rosin on ebay, have you tried there? So I thought I would share: http://retsini.com/el/. I suppose the only way to be sure is trial-and-error. Thank you for this fascinating website. Do you make one batch of mix at a time? My guess is that some chunks melt easier than others because – here’s my non-scientific science reasoning – as resin comes out of the tree, its consistency probably changes as it “heals” the cut. I was wondering if Mastic (a plant resin from the Mastic tree) could be used instead as mastic is readily chewed as gum in the Middle East. BUT, not sure which method or ratio to follow. 25 g pine resin You do not want to breathe in those fine crystals. Can’t wait to order supplies and get to experimenting! I will eventually try with resin but, you know, time! I just returned from Greece where we went a little overboard on our Mastica purchase. I’ve not come across anything in my research that suggests so. Thanks for your post and to everyone for their comments. In principle it seems smarter to do the double boiler step only the once! As an artist who paints with encaustic and a beekeeper, I thought I had the two main ingredients and only had to order the jojoba oil (which I now use on my face too). I have some cotton pieces which are white with colourful objects and would love them to stay white. My tip to offer into the mix: for hanging the cloths to cool, I hooked a little lingerie laundry-hanger from my kitchen cupboard handle. I share stories, ideas and practical tips about reducing household waste. I have several old , Divine! It’s interesting that some are finding they can get the tackiness from much less rosin, and some are still looking for more. 100g Beeswax (3.5oz) or 6 tablespoons of melted beeswax 20g Damar resin (.7oz) or Pine rosin or 3 tablespoons of finely crushed resin 3 teaspoons (15ml/.5 fluid ounce) Jojoba oil 6 squares of light, woven cotton, pre washed and dried 30x30cm (12x12in). Will give an update on quality. Using 2 parts beeswax, 1 part resin mix, I sprinkled the dry ingredients over my pre-cut cloth, added several drops of jojoba oil, then I ironed the cloth between two pieces of parchment paper. These wraps have changed the way our kitchen works with about 20 circles, squares and rectangular wraps in all sizes in constant use. Oh yeah, I read somewhere of using peanut butter to help clean up utensils from the mixture of beeswax and pine rosin. I did more or less same proporion but the wraps are sticky to hands, after using it I need to wash my hands and it is not easy to wash it off… Maybe I put too much rosin? color fabrics should not matter, but if you want a pure white fabric, then use white wax! I’m not as concerned with pesticide/chemical contamination of cotton as it is grown, but more of chemicals used in the treatment of the fabric. I’m also from SA looking for pine resin. These wraps are perfect for covering a bowl filled with food or wrapping a … I go from 25 wax for a couple up to 50g and my results really come out different. I’m just not sure how anyone gets the powdered rosin to not goop up and turn to taffy. The excess wax are then removed easily from the paper and put back into the pot. There is no mess to clean up, just close up the bags and put them away and throw out the foil. I am using the powdered resin and it seems to separate and ball up as I am Melting it in the wax. I ordered some organic pinon pine refined resin from amazon.uk and it’s also available from amazon.fr from Jenny joy’s soap. I can never get it to melt. Can confirm this is an issue for me with almost every online recipe. Hoping to hear fr9m you soon as I’m already to go and make a batch. If my wax isn’t hot enough, or if my resin isn’t a fine enough powder, then I end up with some undissolved resin – so thats why the lack of accuracy. 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