in a back issue of Living craft, my most favorite magazine ever, they had a lovely idea for making wax snails with real shells. I don't know about you, but I would love to make some of these for our nature table. My problem is the darn modeling wax is just to expensive. Well wait no longer, here is a recipe for Waldorf style modeling wax!
happy snail making!
one cup of beeswax
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tsp lanolin
In a double boiler or a can in a pot of water melt your beeswax
Mix the lanolin and the olive oil together and add to the beeswax til its melted - remove from heat and keep stirring and pour into a walled cookie tray you have lined with tinfoil. Let it cool until you can tear it into small pieces. Let these cool completely. Take a piece and warm it in your hand and roll it into a ball, then knead it like bread. if you are able to manipulate the wax it is ready.
If it is flaking apart or crumbling then you need to add a bit more wax. If its too hard to work, add more oil or lanolin.
If you want colored modeling wax melt crayon shavings in with small batches of your quarter sized pieces and pour out to re-cool.
If you need a beeswax source, let me know. I have tons!