As an alternative to regular containers, you can make your own with this melted wax method. It does take some time so allow at least 3 hours for the process from start to finish. An old electric frypan or crockpot can be used to keep the wax at a steady temperature during the process but be mindful of the heat of the wax so you don’t get burned!
My thanks to Cecily Rogers for the workshop and permission to use the photos.
- Requirements – Wax, baking paper, stub wires, adhesive tape, bowl of cold water, spoon, tongs, regulated heat vessel such as frypan.
Dip into the bowl of cold water to help the setting process.
At this point you can be creative with the surface finish – smooth or rustic.
7. Warm the stub wire (over a naked flame is quickest) and push into prepared wax base at desired locations. The wax base is made by pouring molten wax into an appropriately shaped container (lunch box, take away food container, base of planter etc), then popping out when set.
I have inserted a long lasting banksia leaf into the wax at the base. If it is fully hydrated before insertion it will last for many days.
The cone itself has water for the gardenias.
The base was made in a desert bowl.