|Yellow jackets that died a waxy death.|
|Wrenching off pieces of beeswax with a butcher knife is a workout like no other.|
|My "double boiler"--a #10 can in an old saucepan|
Melting the beeswax down took awhile in my makeshift double boiler. When melted, the pure beeswax stays on the top while the junk and bugs sink to the bottom. I could then pour out the wax into silicone mold shapes and it wasn't long before I could pop them out.
For clean-up, I found a heat gun to be the handiest thing ever. It was easier to wipe up melted beeswax than scrape it off the counter, floor, and stovetop. I also used it to melt bits of beeswax off the blade and handle of my butcher knife, one of the few pieces of equipment that I've re-used. On the plus side, I think the handle is permanently waterproofed!