This morning, I finished off melting some beeswax. I took some of the cleaner, lighter comb from the frames I swapped out and ended up with a nice little cake of wax. I used the method of boiling the comb with a good quantity of water for about half an hour, then set it out to cool. I removed the wax once it hardened. It is lighter than water, so it floats. I broke it up and set it overnight on an old towel to dry, then put it in a double boiler made from a tin can (with the wax in it) set in an old pan with several inches of water. I gently boiled the water, then poured the melted wax out a bit at a time into my mold (cottage cheese container), straining it through an old t-shirt. The final product was a nice, clean hunk of wax I can use to help make some starter strips for some foundationless frames. I plan to ultimately have all of the frames in the brood boxes foundationless.
|The wax chunk, next to a loon decoy for size comparison|
Since I'm talking about birds, if you do enjoy raptors you might want to look at this. North of where I live a couple hours, near the town of Decorah, Iowa, eagle lovers have been watching a live webcam of a bald eagle nest. She is sitting on eggs, which are due to hatch within the week I believe, around April 1. No foolin'. Here is the link: http://www.raptorresource.org/falcon_cams/ You do have to watch a short commercial before the live video kicks in.