When Marvin started keeping bees, I really thought it would be his hobby but it has morphed into a hobby for me as well. Before we harvested our first honey, I did lots of research on You Tube about how to harvest and preserve the honey. It is amazing to me how much you can learn online these days.
We do not have a extractor so we took care of our honey the old fashioned way. Cut the comb away from the frames, uncap the comb and let the honey sit in a double colander until the honey is pretty well removed from the comb. I also cut up some of the comb and put it in a few jars...us old timey people like to chew on the comb.
As a result of harvesting our honey this way, we had a lot of comb that I kept for a future use. Again I got on the internet and found that beeswax could be rendered and used for many things.
My first project was to make some wax threaders for me and my stitchy friends. But first the wax must be rendered.
I broke it into four pieces and melted it in a Pyrex measuring cup I bought just for my wax work. Then I put the Pyrex into a large pot with simmering water. Once you begin this part you must stay with your wax...it is flammable. I melted mine in small portions.
I used mineral oil to lightly lubricate the molds I found in the candy department at Hobby Lobby. Then I slowly poured the wax into the molds. I suggest using newspaper on your counters to keep everything tidy.
After the molds had hardened...I turned them over and using a wooden spoon gave them a whack and out they came intact.
I let them sit for two days to cure. I plan to look for some small containers for them at Dollar Tree. After I was finished, I still had two pieces of wax left over...