yesterday i finally got around to rendering the beeswax from our cappings. with the honey harvesting complete, it was the last thing to do before finally closing up shop and mopping the floor, thoroughly wiping the countertops, washing my hair, and cleaning every other sticky surface (which is just about every surface at this point)::
i let the cappings and some water come up to a very slight simmer, then reduced the heat and waited for everything to melt. then it was just a little straining. i used some nylon stockings over a separate bowl as a filter. whats left behind is called slumgum. isn't that a great word?::
now just wait::
and in the end? close to four and a half ounces of beautiful beeswax::
just in time to make a new pot of anti bug rub before the mosquitos hit. and more than enough for some additional potions!