Wax

GET YOUR HAIR POMADE

We ran out of some hair stuff around the house, and naturally this provides a good excuse to ponder "I wonder what the homemade pomade would be like?"  It's best to start simple. There are a lot of recipes out there, but we wanted something simple and basic. We can always dress it up later.

You will need:

  • beeswax
  • coconut oil
  • essential oil, if you wish
  • saucepan, knife and cutting board
  • glass jar with lid
  • water

Gather your ingredients and your materials.

At most health food stores you can buy little blocks of beeswax, but of course we had this big block around the house.

The beeswax will need to be cut/shaved/grated into smaller bits. 

Recipe: one part beeswax and one part coconut oil. For this small jar we measured by weight and did one ounce of beeswax and one ounce of coconut oil. Then place items in the jar inside the saucepan. Fill the saucepan with water so the water is the same level as the substance in the jar. I didn't take a before picture, but the next one illustrates what it looks like when all the ingredients are melted.

This is our teeny cast iron. I could bore you right here right now about my affection for cast iron. Another time, friend. Once all the bits of wax are melted give it a mix. When cool to the touch, pull out and let firm up to room temperature. 

This is the time to add your essential oil to it. I would say 1-10 drops pending the strength of fragrance you want. We did not add any oil to ours. I personally LOVE the smell of beeswax.

There you go! A little goes a long way. On a cold day with a new flat surface it might take a moment to get your scoop out. If you find that you want it more malleable or shiny for your luscious locks, you could add more coconut oil to it. Then reheat it. Enjoy!

Note: This makes a great gift for the boys or men in your life who like their hair just so.

STAINED GLASS: OUT OF WAX

This has been something I have been meaning to try for sometime. I think it's a great way to reuse or sharpen your crayons. I find that having the sharper crayons around the house makes for some inspired drawing. Even though we don't have a ton of crayons they just seem to show up between restaurants, birthday parties and so on. No matter how good you take care of the crayons there are always broken ones. 

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To begin you will need the following:

  • wax paper double the size of your desired project
  • crayons
  • sharpener
  • knife, scissors, or other blade to make shavings
  • iron
  • paper, or a rag towel to protect your work while ironing

Once you have your sheet of wax paper fold it in half and focus on placing shavings on one side. Choose your placement thoughtfully. These will melt. When things melt together, they can end up being muddy.

colored_wax_shavings

I went for a color wheel kind of look. 

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The younger folks went for a confetti surprise arrangement. 

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When you feel good about how you want to arrange your wax, you are ready to go to the melting phase of the project. Fold the edges up about an inch or so on the other three sides. Place a blank piece of paper under the wax paper to protect your ironing surface, then place a rag towel or kraft paper over the wax work. Heat up your iron on medium heat and gently go over the whole work. Check in now and again to make sure it is melted enough, but not overly melted where it looks watery. Think of melting grated cheese here. You want it to loose form, but not separate and become totally runny.

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The melted crayon smell gave me flashbacks to my childhood. I had left some crayons in my parent's car in the door pocket and they melted. This was one of my earlier lessons in "This is why we can't have nice things!" talks. Although they removed them, the smell lingered on for the life of the car. Whenever I was in the back seat on a warm day, that smell resurrected!

Once the work is ironed and cooled you can gently draw what kind of shape(s) you want to have. Then cut out the work and hang up to enjoy!

hanging_stained_wax