Well, today is a sick day. Just enough under the weather to not be able to process numbers at work and after sleeping a full 12 hours, lazing around for the better part of the day I have just enough energy to attempt a long awaited project. Wax and pine resin fabric food wraps.
I have been intrigued for some time but just got the pine resin powder in this week. I think this looks fairly simple, even if a bit groggy. Here goes the first attempt!
I got the instructions from Mommypotamus. I loved it when I saw it.
I used her ratio for different sized sheets of fabric but used coconut oil instead of Jojoba. No special reason other than it is what I had in my home making soap/balms arsenal. It seems to have worked just fine:
2 teaspoons grated, packed beeswax
2 teaspoons powdered pine resin
1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated, packed beeswax
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon powdered pine resin
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon plus 2.5 teaspoons grated, packed beeswax
1 tablespoon plus 2.5 teaspoons powdered pine resin
2.5 teaspoons jojoba oil
I made a 9×9 sheet and used the same ratio as the 8×8, still worked. I mixed the ingredients per sheet in a saucer, mashed them with my fingers and sprinkled them on each sheet.
As for lumping on the fabric when heated, just heat it more. The pine resin takes longer than the wax to liquefy. Have some patience, for all of 10 minutes, OK? Used a wide craft brush to even the melted oils over the fabric, holding one edge in place with a wooden skewer as they want to stick to the brush.
I then hung the fabric over a make shift clothes line. I happen to have an antique indoor retractable clothes line. You just never know when these things will come in handy! I love old stuff. Some string and a couple of nails works too.
These dried by the time the next batch was out of the oven. They are tacky, as they should be, and my house smells like a bad car freshener, but it’s all good considering the nifty little things that they are. (The plant on the window sill is turmeric. Whether it ever produces anything or not, it is a nice house plant.)
They cling well but leave a film on my hands at the moment. If that doesn’t go away I will reheat them and add another piece of fabric on top and press out the excess oils into the next batch. It’s enough for today.***ended up reheating with double fabric to absorb the excess, ended up with twice the wraps, very neat.
If we had to keep all of our waste in our own back yard, we would do better at reusing and recycling (or you could just bury it like our grandfathers did… I am still digging up surprises in the garden yearly. Archaeological dig anyone?!).
Anyway, one more way to eliminate waste and a fun afternoon.