Who would not want their own personal cake of beeswax for sewing and crafts? I can’t image why anyone would not want a bit of this useful, magical substance. A little bit of beeswax goes a long way for so many activities. Let’s look at one way to create a unique and inexpensive gift of beeswax that is sure to be appreciated.
Uses for a Beeswax Sewing Cake
You might wonder who needs a beeswax cake or bar? Honestly, most people could benefit from this gift. There are so many uses for beeswax.
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Seamstresses, basket makers, leather crafters, book binders and more know of the value of beeswax. It makes working with threads or other hand sewing materials so much easier.
Beeswax Thread Conditioner
Can’t you buy thread conditioning blocks? Yes, but pure beeswax blocks are so much better than the commercial wax blocks found at most sewing stores. In fact, once you experience the real thing – you’ll likely never go back.
A beeswax thread conditioner bar applies a very light wax coating to your thread. Depending on the application, you can apply wax to the whole length of thread or just the ends.
Wax adds strength and reduces fraying on all thread types. It is especially useful for some types of embroidery materials such as metallic thread.
Cotton and silk thread should always be waxed before sewing but even polyester thread can benefit from a light coat of wax.
This is for hand sewing only. Never, put waxed thread in your sewing machine – it will not end well!
Clean Wax is Important
Making your own beeswax sewing cake is so easy to do. You need clean beeswax that is free of excess honey or dirt. If you acquire raw beeswax from a beekeeper, be sure to clean your wax properly.
Clean beeswax can be safely melted in a double boiler and shaped into blocks or bars of any size. Having regular bar molds is great but you can use silicone muffin liners or candy molds too.
How to Gift a Beeswax Sewing Cake
A perfect and inexpensive gift idea that anyone can use – what could be better? Beeswax has many uses beyond sewing. Consider adding this project to your list of easy handmade gifts.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Steps to create a beeswax cake for sewing gift.
- Get Beeswax Bars
If you have the time, you can purchase raw beeswax and make your own bars. However, if you don’t have the time for that – buy some bars that are ready to go.
The most common size is the 1 oz (net wt) bar of wax – though of course they can be any size or shape. This rectangular bar is easy to handle and looks rather like a little bar of gold – which of course it is -to the bees!
- Choose a Container
The bar needs a container. Presentation is everything – it can be a tin or bag. Small organza bags are great for beeswax and can be used for any shape. The bag will hold 1, 2, 3 or more small 1-ounce bars.
The very nature of the bag, allows the wax to show through and the delightful wax aroma to escape. Choose any color that matches the occasion or compliments your natural wax color.
Avoid bag materials that are fuzzy. Beeswax does not melt unless it is exposed to temperatures over 147°F but it will attract fuzzy particles.
- Add a Gift Tag
Add a tag. While some people do understand the value of a beeswax bar, not everyone realizes the potential. For a gift, add a small tag that explains the intended purpose of the bar of wax.
I have a simple template that you can use or adapt to your project.
- Fold tag and attach
You can simply place your gift tag inside the bag. But, I think it looks very nice to embellish the tag in some way and attached it to the outside.
Fold your tag and use a small hole punch to create a hole for ribbon or string. This will attach the label to your gift bag.
- Embellish gift tag front
For the front of the tag, you can decorate in any way. Something special that I like to do is use a simple bee outline stamp with some embossing ink and embossing powder.
This create a unique raised bee design on the front of the cover.
Re-Soften Old Beeswax Sewing Bar
Over time, a wax thread conditioner block gets rather gnarly. If the surface of your bar gets notched or scarred, it is easy to smooth it out.
Place the bar on a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper. Use a heat gun or hair dryer to heat and melt the outer surface of the wax. Let it cool and the wounded surface will smooth out a lot.
A Final Word on Homemade Beeswax Sewing Bars
This is a great simple project that only requires a small amount of beeswax. Once your beeswax is clean, it is very easy to create some Beeswax Wax Melts to go along with your bar. Or for a more personal project – homemade lip balm is always appreciated.
There are so many gift ideas you can create with a little beeswax. Don’t wait – get started today!