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Hope that helps. Your email address will not be published. To avoid the cost of a good pair of pinking shears, buy a pinking wheel for a rotary cutter. They then wrote back saying “Utrecht Damar Crystals do not have FDA accreditation for food contact and cannot be recommended for your use.” This surprised me as I assumed all pine resin was just that with nothing else added. On the weekend I spoke with a market stall holder who is an apiarist. Do you perhaps know how this is determined and how I can check the quality? I cook on a low heat in the oven for five minutes and check to make sure the wax and rosin is melted and turn if necessary with metal tongs. Have a read of the comments as many readers have helpfully shared what’s worked for them. I have now purchased fabric, beeswax pellets, Damar Gum crystals (justingredients.co.uk), & 233 Jojoba Golden (Naissance), all on Amazon uk. They say 1part rosin to 8 parts beeswax but they also give a link to a recipe for the wraps which is more like 1 to 4. I had made some beeswax only cloths but wanted some with a better stickiness. Is there an alternative to jojoba oil. 4.4 out of 5 stars 173 ratings. I used an ice pick to chop away at the resin in the soup can, poured the hard granules into a thick zip lock bag, and used the side of a meat mallet to crush the bigger bits. Thanks for your research and recipes for waxed wraps! For my first batch I cut that down to 1/4 recipe which made me about a dozen 12″ x 12″ wraps and about a dozen 6″ x 6″ wraps. This post was a perfect learning-ground for my grand plan: to make wraps for all the family for Christmas. Thanks! If there’s acrylic in it, it will burn slightly slower, smell more like chemicals, and the singed edge will ball up into a melted ridge. I would contact the supplier you’re considering buying from to ask for more detail. Which formula you choose depends on how you want to use your wraps, and whether you can find some pine rosin, which can be challenging depending on where you live. I’ll be interested to see how it goes when it’s Not a disaster. I use it for oil based stains and it takes the stain right off my hands! Adjust to your liking. Hi Petra, I wish I could help, but I don’t really know anything about propolis. I have an old one with a very thick base that melts a lot and spreads very well. They feel quite stiff. They still don’t stick and leave a waxy residue on the outside of the bowl. I put a tea towel in the bottom to stop the rattling. Good luck : ). It makes the wraps behave more closely to plastic cling wrap, which is what most people are trying to find a replacement for. I need to collect more of it since I used all I had! 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. I’m assuming the more it’s used and washed the tackiness will become more subtle. there are a few options as well as powders i was wondering if you knew which is the best one to use and least harmful for the product? I am using “tragacanth gum” instead of “pine rosin gum”. I agree that beeswax only wraps are great, however, I don’t think using rosin is going to lead to ‘ingestion of large quantities’ as the link suggests. and decided to do it according to your tips. Do not pour into old milk cartons because it will stick and be a bear to get off. I do all my melting outside away from building or flammable items…better safe than sorry. I tried it and tried it until my son pointed out these facts that I hadn’t considered! This food cover is sticky to keep your sandwidges fresh. I actually ordered a pack of BeesWrap to see how theirs feel and after I ironed out the excess, mine feels like theirs – thin and pliable yet firm enough to do the job. Hope this helps. Important: only use cold water when cleaning your beeswax food wraps! I recently made a batch that I thought was perfect but was concerned about the tacky feeling that was left on my fingers when handling the wrap. i read that powder resin melt much faster that chunks, which you could crush into smaller pieces if that’s the case! When I heated the rosin in a double boiler with the wax and oil, it initially melted, but even though I kept the water boiling, it soon formed dark taffy like lumps in the bottom of the pot. Those that have done that kinda ratio mention a huge coverage of cloth. I’m a long-time user of wax wraps, but only just now poised to make the first batch of my own. Then blow it out, sniff the ash, and feel the burned edge with your fingers. Really interesting to read all the comments here. Have made so many I am happy to see them left at my boy’s friends’ places after taking snacks. Yes, I’ve seen that one, but I agree it’s fairly vague. Hi Liz, on 3 October we chatted about me struggling to get hold of Pine Rosin in South Africa. I made this recipe today but used coconut oil. Gave the top piece a quick brush to distribute the soaked up wax, then hung to dry. The pine resin is used for longevity…. The double boiler helps to prevent overheating, burning or separating. When it cools, taffy-like is the perfect description of what happens : ) When it initially melts, did you stir to combine well with the other ingredients? Unfortunately I’m not familiar with the material of flour sack towels so I can’t help you there …, Hi, maybe you need less pine rosin? Here is how to make beeswax wraps with jojoba oil and pine or damar tree resin. Reusable beeswax food wrap is a great alternative to single use plastic wrap. Hi Petra, My guess is that it would not work, The pine resin’s purpose is largely to do with making the wraps tacky so that the material sticks to itself. Not sure if it’s the wax, the pine reason or the jojoba oil and coconut oil. Also, there is no need to heat to 200 degrees celsius. Thanks, The rosin is sometimes still a bit grainy in the bottom of the jar but I don’t use those last dregs. }, DIY Beautiful (& Free!) I will be attempting a beeswax :Damar resin 4:1 with Jojoba I’ve decided! Liz: Lawn is cotton or linen fabric with a very fine, close weave, like what is used for handkerchiefs. Perhaps, like a mammal’s blood from a cut or scratch, the first stuff will be full of all the normal blood-stuff. The watery residue was tipped out in a corner of the garden with no qualms. My non-resin beeswax wraps do lack the stickiness that I like in ones I have bought. Well, I think I will buy some rosin! The other thing I’m wondering about is, how to tell whether a fabric is cotton or a blend? Scraps of fabric, including a purple faded Malaysian saroong of my mother in laws. 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! They will feel very stick when they are still warm, so don’t touch them too much while they dry. , Hi Karen, let us know how you go. Gum Copal per 100 grams. For example, the texture of coconut oil changes dramatically with heat, so I wouldn’t trust it in a wrap because it would be yo-yoing from solid to liquid in the Australian heat. Hi this is such a great and informative post, especially because of the comments section. It’s so wonderful to have everyone sharing their experience and tips . did you use fine powder pine resin? Store beeswax wraps in a cool, dry and breathable place clean from dust or food particles, such as a tray in the kitchen drawer. Also, I tend to measure by weight, not volume since it’s more accurate. I think you’d be completely fine to try something with a shorter shelf life since with steady use, you’ll want to relax them in 4 – 6 months anyway. When I researched making beeswax wraps, I found there are many ways to melt the wax and resin and most of them were messy and very hard to clean up. I do go through a lot of lunch wrap but we use those as fire starters. Great tip. 100% cotton fabric, preferably organic. I also encountered the challenge of some resin chunks not melting. I continued making wraps with just beeswax and jojoba oil, and they are perfect for wrapping sandwiches, cheese, apples for a packed lunch, etc. I live in SW Ontario, Canada, and have pine trees in the yard. https://www.pambazuka.org/food-health/cash-crop-colonialism-and-attack-african-agriculture I posted awhile ago wondering if 95% alcohol would help the resin melt. The ironing method is so easy I’m curious why most people seem to be doing the melt-and-dip method. Best to check with the manufacturer. Thanks for your post and to everyone for their comments. Has anyone used a mini crock pot for heating up either the initial mixture OR as a means of reheating the molded mixture? Thanks Gail. I’m surprised its so hard to get. I have even found a wrap in the bottom of my son’s schoolbag containing a shrivelled sandwich that had been there for weeks. hi Amanda! I’ll see how that goes, very messy I guess … This sounds like yet another good reason to use organic cotton, if you can find it (and afford it). I’ve heard great things about hemp as a fibre, but that’s probably even more difficult to find. I’m still figuring the wax-to-rosin ratio and learning that I don’t seem to need as much wax and a little more rosin. I have read through the comments, and have not come across someone who has used resin from a Rosin Bag designed for sports grip. Also when mixing it with your wax, do so under a vent and/or wear a face mask. Outdoors? I found my parchment paper crumples because it’s not on a hard and flat surface and therefore it leaves my wax layer uneven. Love this info/thread! Added spoon by spoon the resin also form ebay In short, anytime you might have once used plastic cling wrap or a ziploc bag. the waxy residue tend to happen when the wrap is fresh and new. 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. Hi Suzanne, you bet they will grate. hi Jane! Gum Damar 100 grams It’s easiest when they’re at room temperature. She couldn’t eat it and brought it home and it was quite discusting. I was checking to see if my go-to company had pine resin and they didn’t. Melted a lot of the above recipe then saved it in silicone moulds for future use. I’m looking forward to making wraps! This is such an amazing tutorial, great explanations. Also variations in recipe results ( ie melting of resin) may be simply related to season temp & humidity variablities. The pine rosin is super sticky so I wouldn’t put this directly in a pot. I have a friend who uses this recipe but she replaces sweet almond oil for jojoba oil with success Hi Ann, I think that would work just fine. When the wax is warm enough it should move more evenly into the fabric. They still work great : ). Making beeswax wraps can be sticky. A block of pre-mix would make a great gift as well. Melt the mixture using a double boiler: A double boiler is simply a metal or glass bowl placed on top of a pot of hot water, as pictured below. 2 T jojoba oil Thanks B. The ironing is messy and you have to becareful you wipe up the wax that comes out. forgot to say that I like the smell of frankincense and it’s edible, so I love the smell, especially combined with beeswax. We all keep learning including me. Some people prefer to place the fabric between two sheets of parchment and used a hot iron to melt. I got 4 x 25cm and 2 x 21cm squares, and wasted almost no wax. But first I’ll go collect some pine resin and purify it. I doubt the wraps fare much better than cling wrap if they are only used for a short time. 40g beeswax I think I’ll try yours. A blended fabric *might* work, but watch out for heating up polyester or acrylics, since these are made of plastic fibres, and I doubt the fumes would be good for you. Am I missing something? Am I using the wrong brand of resin? Sorry, I just saw this reply just now, while reading this post again. I should try the paint on method just to see how it works but it seems like it would be messier and the brush must get pretty gunky . Thanks so much That’s why we need to reuse our beeswax wraps in use as long as possible, and upcycle or choose organic fabrics whenever possible. Pine Salve - Say Goodby to Plastic. 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. This is the fabric that is inspiring me to make beeswax wraps rather than buy them. If so, how do you know how much of the mixture to drizzle onto each square? Just wondered if you knew of any alternative additives that can be added to wax to make it more pliable and less prone to cracking, which isn’t jojoba or mineral oil? The only information I can find says it has many uses but not to ingest it in large amounts with out dr advice. Thanks for you input. I mix 1 drop lemon and 1 drop wild orange essential oil with 1 teaspoon of jojoba into a small spray bottle. I tried these using quilting cotton. I am going to need to strain tbe bits out (I’m thinking warm it & strain through muslin or tights). Come to think of it. Once the fabrics are evenly saturated, quickly lift the parchment and peel apart the fabrics before the wax mixture solidifies. Furthermore, beeswax wraps … I read you could use coconut oil in the wraps so because i was waiting for an order of jojoba oil i tried it. Full disclosure here. However they have a gritty feel on the finished surface and I can’t work out why. Super helpful for the Canadians. Anyone here tried using this and if so, what would ratio to oil and wax need to be? Also where u buy the pot protection liners? So not wanting to use pine resin, I decided on frankincense gum, which you can get at any Greek orthodox church supplier if all else fails, after all it is burnt as an incense in many churches. Snake Plant Care & 5 Amazing Benefits of Sansevieria ». I was wondering if anyone has experience with using white beeswax and white fabric. Art supply places are more likely to have both damar and pine resin. I’ve been storing mine still in the molds in a box with my other supplies, but any old container would do. First of all, if you know me at all, you’ll know that I love a good shortcut! – 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 wax melts and seeps into all areas of the cloth. Thanks for this font of invaluable information. I stir them occasionally until it’s all melted together. I particularly love the ones you use in the fourth and fifth pictures (the blue with gold flowers and the red/beige/green one. I’m in the UK and have been struggling to find pine resin that was definitely food safe. The powdered pine rosin is $20 a pound. I have been researching that pine resin/ rosin is not great against food? Hi guys – I found this post about rosin … I think I’ll try my wraps without it. Note: be sure to use an old iron, not one you will use on your clothes. I scrape it off until all is removed. At least this is the way mine are working out. 40g pine rosin The pine makes these wraps extra sticky, and the jojoba oil helps keep the wraps … Um, super jealous that you own a blueberry orchard…. Why do we need double boiler? I suspect there is quite a bit of purifying that happens between the tree and the end result! No biggie, but I was curious about how much better I could make these by using the same ingredients as the commercially sold varieties. I want to use organic, but since it is less readily available and more expensive than conventional cotton it is taking a bit more planning on my part. Maintain the temp at 305 degrees for 5 minutes. Seems to work well. 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. Happy waxing, whichever method you choose. Thank you so much, Barbara. BUT there is an alternative! Has anyone tried making wraps with this? Thanks Caroline! . I made DIY beeswax food wraps for Christmas gifts - i was going to buy wax, oil and pine resin all separate - but then I saw this product that came with it all already made in small bars/bricks. Or did you give up the search ? Wow! Here in Oxford, UK we definitely need the oil even in summer!! I’ve also started re-living my first made lot put rebutting them in the oven for a melt and hang. Does anyone else notice a smell on their wraps? Faire fondre, badigeonner et cuire au four. I adore jojoba for my skin and only use tiny amounts of it there as well and it lasts for ages. Especially how much jojoba since it is the most costly ingredient. Thanks in advance! They don’t self-adhere, so they don’t work as well when you want to cover the end of a half a pumpkin for example. One way to remedy this is to get another sheet of fabric and lay it over the overly coated one and reheat. I have tried homemade beeswax wrap recipes with 2:1 ratio of beeswax to tree resin, and the wraps feel too sticky on my hands even after they cooled off. I’m also going to dye the fabric with organic yellow onion skins and just did the edges in blueberry juice. I’ll update the post with your caution not to inhale those crystals. I prob wont be back here to answer questions but I hope that helps someone out. They are 100% biodegradable in the compost, it’s also very easy to refresh them. This helps to avoid cracking. They are more like an oil-cloth, specially in ones where I used more oil (was experimenting with ratios), but they still work super well to cover things either folding around or using an elastic band to secure. But as you say, rosin might indicate other additives. I pour into a steel bowl to harden. I read, somewhere, about the process of clarifying pine resin (pitch) and it sounds like it would be very time consuming,. There is an Australian company, that makes the beeswax, rosin and oil already mixed up. Thank you so much, Barbara. i would increase the pine resin in this case. I’d wait until the beeswax wears of in time. My damar came from R&F who could not verify that it was food grade. It crushes it enough to help it melt quicker. 4. Can’t wait to try again. Pros: Effective replacement of sing-use plastic in a lot of ways, compostable, reusable and earth friendly. Part of it is the smoke used in the hive by beekeepers, part is the processing when the wax can get overprocessed and burn. FREE Delivery on your first order of items shipped by Amazon . Keep this warming in the double boiler while you work with one piece of fabric at a time. Great information and easy to understand. Talking to the owner of the store, he made beeswax wraps 3 years ago and is still using the same ones! 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. Kind Regards I melted the beeswax gently in an OLD saucepan (do not use a good one) then turned the heat up (maybe 50% heat) and added the resin and jojoba oil and stirred quickly for maybe 5 mins. I’m in the UK and was able to get rosin on ebay, have you tried there? 4 oz or 113 grams (1 heaping cup) beeswax, 1 oz or 28 grams (1/4 cup) pine resin, 1/2 oz or 14 grams (1/8 cup) Jojoba oil or mineral oil. I will try resin if I’m not happy but I’ll let you know how it goes, and will try some coconut oil and wax ones as well before venturing to resin/wax/oil. When I’ve dipped,I’ve found I’ve overdone the coating and had to mop it up with a second piece to soak excess mixture (which still works, as long as you have another piece of fabric at the ready). 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