Rinsing the wax cappings in a colander
Draining the wax cappings on a paper towel on top of a cloth towel
Water goes in the bottom of the plastic container to be the surface on which the melted wax will float.
Patting the cappings dry with a paper towel
A clean, dry paper towel is put on top of the plastic box.
The paper towel is tied tightly against the box
I squeezed the wax cappings into lumps to allow more to go on top of the paper towel. Then I loaded them onto the paper towel
The plastic container with the wax cappings on top is lowered into a styrofoam box painted black. I probably should also paint the inside black. I did line the bottom with aluminum foil. The glass top is then set on the styrofoam container
I placed the container on the walkway in my front yard at 9:15 AM
Here sits the container, waiting for the helpful heat of the sun to take effect
It's 12:00 noon and 86 degrees. The wax is starting to melt.
Here's a close-up of the wax getting all glisteny as it begins to melt.
It's 90 degrees at 1:00 PM - look at the difference. The glare is because the sun is beating directly on the glass.
At 2 PM, it's 93 degrees. I shook the box and that is completely liquid. I'm going to wait until the end of the day to see if the wax along the edges melts. Amazing that the paper towel holds it up!
At 4 PM, this is how it looked - most of the wax has filtered through.
And here's the finished product. Isn't it beautiful! The water is very hot. Next time, I'll leave it out in the sun until sunset.