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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Bees Knees

It seems like every other project that I see in a Somerset magazine uses beeswax. Since I'm always wanting to learn new techniques, I thought I'd dive in and give it a try. I bought a chunk of white beeswax at Michael's (in the candle/soap making aisle). I didn't want to buy a wax melter just to try this technique - it was bad enough that I had to buy a chunk of wax big enough to cover every project I've ever done. I still have a couple of those wax tart burners (with the lightbulb in the bottom and the little pot to melt the wax on top), so I thought I'd try that to melt the beeswax.

The hardest part was getting the old hardened wax tart out of it, but then I cleaned it thoroughly and broke off a chunk of the beeswax. It took about 30 minutes or so to get it melted.

I took a little box and covered it with vintage paper, lace, flowers, a jewelry piece. Then I dipped a paintbrush into the melted wax and started covering the box. I made a little tag to embellish the box and covered this, too.

I think with a little more practice, I'll get the hang of what materials the wax looks best on. Now I want to work on some little trinkets to put inside the box.

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Blogger Lillian Child said...

LOVE your trinket box, although I can't tell what effect the bees wax had other than maybe muting the backgrounds? But it's just LOVELY! You should sell these sweet boxes on etsy! Your comment about the block of wax large enough to coat all your projects just had me chuckling to myself - been there - done that - glad I have company! I love trying new techniques as well!

July 28, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Julie Boeck said...

This box is just lovely!! You are super creative! I don't think I have ever seen real beeswax in a store before (although now I know where to look!) Thanks for sharing!

July 28, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger dianapena8 said...

You did a great job, I imagine that in real life that lovely box has a nice very texture =Di

July 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger cindy said...

This is fabulous! You did a beautiful job!


July 30, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger milkcan said...

Wow! It's stunning!

August 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

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