Making foundation at home is easy and has been done since
way back in the late 1890s or so. It got a lot easier with
the advent of embossing rollers. We have taught others how
to do it now for going on 2 decades and it is not hard.
Embossing rollers can in USA be gotten from hawlwey Honey
Company in Iola Kansas by calling Raymond Cooper and they
are so easy to use. Wax is not brittle when worked right...
but there are tricks though not hard.
Most when done after being show can take a sheet and bend
it in circles and use it and it works so well, whether
thick or thinly made and we do thicker for more wax for the
bees to use to have to make cell walls faster by thinning
the base sort of.
You keep it from getting brittle by layering and cooling
slowly, and also by addition of propolis scrapings that
adds additional benefit of scenting the foundation then to
smell like home where they shellac for sterility and
homemade foundation is readily drawnout. You also learn to
store for aging process also.
Dee A. Lusby
Small Cell Commercial Beekeeper
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