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Old 11-29-2011, 03:08 PM   #51
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I have been playing around with a formula for DIY bottle wax and today tried this combo: 8 crayons, 1/2 lbs of Gulf Wax, and 10 regular glue sticks.
Any pics? I know the gulf wax is pretty cheap.


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I've just finished finals for the semester and have been playing around this evening. Everything was really cheap at walmart--<$5 for 24 10" x .44" glue sticks (~1.3 lbs), ~$2.50 for parrafin, and I kinda regret getting cheap crayons rather than Crayola, but they were $1.60. Something I have seen on sites dealing with letter sealing wax is the use of Shellac. That might help get a harder plastic-like texture a la Makers.

Has anyone dipped in cold water afterward to set the wax?
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I've just finished finals for the semester and have been playing around this evening. Everything was really cheap at walmart--<$5 for 24 10" x .44" glue sticks (~1.3 lbs), ~$2.50 for parrafin, and I kinda regret getting cheap crayons rather than Crayola, but they were $1.60. Something I have seen on sites dealing with letter sealing wax is the use of Shellac. That might help get a harder plastic-like texture a la Makers.
Have you tried it yet? I have the same ingredients for the most part (down to the cheap a$$ crayons). I waxed a few of my bottles the other day using just the glue/crayon method originally posited (the 12 crayon to 20 glue stick ratio).

Maybe I am being unrealistic but I am having one issue with expectation versus reality. The wax is too tough for my bottle opener to pierce what has accumulated under the cap. Since it can't get a grip on the underside of the cap through the wax, it can't pop the top. What I would like is for the wax to be soft enough to be able to use a standard bottle opener to open these without trouble, but still have the wax look shiny and perfect without cracking.

In my head the solution to the problem is more wax and less glue in the ratio. I was thinking about adding a fair amount of paraffin and removing about half the glue sticks from the formula. If you've already done this I would be interested in hearing the results!
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I have been playing around with a formula for DIY bottle wax and today tried this combo: 8 crayons, 1/2 lbs of Gulf Wax, and 10 regular glue sticks.
I used the ratio posted above but cut down to half size--4 crayons, 1/4 pound parafin, and 20" of .44" glue stick. This seemed to work pretty well. Then I added zinser shellac, which I had just laying around. It seemed to hard up the mixture a bit and maybe give a little more sheen. You could definitely do without. I think 4 tablespoons in the amounts I used was perfect, because at 6 tablespoons, it became a little too crumbly. I will post pics later.

I definitely recommend splurging on real crayons. There were a lot of crappy pinkish reds in the pack I bought, and few really good reds. Oh, well.
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Maybe I missed something or am just stupid, but why would you want to cover your beer bottles w/wax?
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Maybe I missed something or am just stupid, but why would you want to cover your beer bottles w/wax?
Decorative element for gifts, possible aid in preventing any oxidation through the cap.


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