Making Wax Bars

Posted in Bee Tools, Neat Idea on February 17th, 2011

I have always liked the beeswax bars but the ones for sale always lacked a little personalization.

After searching around, I found making a silicon mold would be the easiest way to do this. First I would have to make a master. I searched around for a couple different ways to do this. I settled on a service called Ponoko. This is a service which lets you upload a computer file, which is then cut out of plastic on their laser cutter.

After a week or two it arrived.

There is paper on the back which holds it together.

One of the bars were designed using the Maine State Beekeepers Association logo. Sadly some of the finer details were a little too thin for the laser cutter. The original idea was to have the wings be removed but I ended up leaving them in.

I dry fitted the pieces together to ensure everything fit.

I used superglue to form the box.

Here I have a bar for “Blue Line Apiary” ready to go.

Here is the bar in a container waiting for silicone to be poured. See my other post for more details. Silicone mold making for Candles

Here is the completed bar. The small hole under the bee is an air bubble and not part of the mold.

Police Bees

Posted in Neat Idea on February 15th, 2011

A great video on advances in beekeeping and police relations.

‘Grow Your Own’ – from the Policing Genes Project from Thomas Thwaites on Vimeo.

NPR Article here.

Hives in February

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12th, 2011

It finally got above 50 degrees, so I went to check on my hives.