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Beeswax Wraps! | Librarians Experiment

Beeswax Wraps! | Librarians Experiment


Hi Emily. – Hi! You want an intro? – Yeah. That’s what I’ve been waiting on. None of these goobers would do it. [background laughter] This goober will do it! It’s Librarians Experiment today we’re making pause for dramatic effect Beeswax wraps! [upbeat music] Ready? I’m gonna break… [loud snap] [gasp] Ow. I eat beeswax all the time, nothing’s happened [laughs] What? There you go! [Emily laughs] [Fran laughs] We’re making one like this but we’re doing our own A beeswax wrap is a wax-covered piece of cloth that you can buy And I’ve been using them for a little while and it’s got enough [wrap scrunching sounds] Wax on it so that when you crimp it around a bowl You use it in place of a single-use plastic, like a cling wrap So we have been using these and we’ve been buying them and in the true spirit of Librarians Experiment We said, you know what? I think we can make these ourselves so that’s what we’re gonna do today. Fran’s mom donated a whole bunch of scrap fabric. – Which is awesome because Reduce reuse recycle! – Yeah super nice. So it’s really nice cloth, a cotton cloth I did wash it to get, if there’s any sizing on it, we wanted to get that off We also need this, pinking shears, which we’ll explain in a minute we have jojoba oil, which is just fun to say everyone say it, Stew… Is it I dunno. – Is it Or is it Am I pronouncing the wrong sill LAH bull (syllable)? How do you say it? [Fran laughs] I dunno man, you say it. – I don’t know! comment below. What if it’s jo jo ba? – What if it’s jo… oh we will just look like FOOLS I dunno how to say it. [Stew practices in the background] Huh ho… – (Fran) THAT’S when we’ll look like fools. (laughing) Only then. We’re good till that point. We also have some coconut oil. Oh you… Amazing – Heated it up so it’s nice and liquidy. We’re gonna do a couple of different experiments We’re going to make a beeswax wrap just with wax Because you all are fortunate enough to do a stellar beekeeper (me). The plan is that we are going to Cut out some fabric using the pinking shears to the size of the beeswax wrap that you wanna get And then we’re gonna grate down some beeswax Sprinkle that on top of the fabric. Some of them we’re going to add a little of the jojoba oil which will probably that’s one of our things we’re going to test, probably make it more pliable cover it with a layer or parchment paper and then we’re gonna iron it and that’s gonna melt the wax over the fabric and we’re gonna see what we get I don’t know if it’ll work. Let’s see what happens [grating noises] Is this like therapeutic for you? – It’s thrilling, Fran, there’s no words. I think you said that in video number one. – Oh, did I? How’s this experiment going for you? Oh, just, there’s no words, Fran. [Fran Stew laugh] (Kayleigh) Oh it is melting, I was like where did it go? – Amazing! Looks good. – Yeah you can see how that jojoba helps it… This is SO cool. – …be more of a liquid. – This is awesome. – Looks really nice. – This is really cool. (Emily) Yeah, we are wasting a little bit of beeswax. So next time we won’t put quite as much on (Kayleigh) Are we wasting as much as we did trying to get me to eat it? [Emily laughs] (Emily) It’s just wax… It’s like gum… (Kayleigh) It’s not like gum. (disappointed) It’s like wax. Oh wow. Looks good. – Yeah. I think we got it. – Ok, stop, stop stop. I’m obviously a natural housewife. Peel that, peel that side. – The big reveal. Oh yeah do you want to be on this side? [excited gasp] Oh wow. – Look at how much oil. – That’s really cool. – So we got a lot of extra So Emily do we have to do the other side or do we just do this? from the tutorials I watched, we’re good. It’s permeated as you can see, it’s gone right through This is so awesome! – So what do we do now? That’s it! We just do – Can we put that flat to dry somewhere or hang it up or…. Well, we don’t really have a place to hang it. I think it’s gonna dry really fast, so – Ok. Yeah just do that for… – You wanna take it? – Yeah, I’ll take it and walk around with it. This is so cute, oh my god, we made this. – Oh that’s really cool. So I’m just gonna kinda walk around, try to get it to dry. [dancy music] (Emily) This is the best part of the video. Very Groucho-esque. Hey, Emily you want to talk about how Wax is not all created equal. – Yes, you know I do. I think I mentioned 4 or 500 times. I’m a beekeeper This is wax for my hives we are measuring out the ingredients for the next batch that we’re going to be doing which includes beeswax because Emily keeps bees and I’m a librarian… Unreal – … who keeps bees. It’s pretty amazing. We’ve got available beeswax I’m a beekeeper because you all are fortunate enough to know a stellar beekeeper (me) I think that when you’re doing this project, it makes a difference which wax you use and a lot of the tutorials, they’ll say you know, just buy a bag of wax at the fabric store or the craft store There are beekeepers who use medications, pharmaceuticals in their hive to get rid of the many pests that bother bees these days and there are some beekeepers who don’t so your beekeepers who use medication in their hive and beekeepers who don’t It kind of makes sense to me that some of that medication is going to end up In the wax, so I would suggest that if you’re going to be getting wax to do this project That you find a local beekeeper and ask her or him if she uses medication in her hive if she does I might kind of pass on that wax for this project because it’s going to be something you’re gonna put over food So try to find wax that comes from a beekeeper who doesn’t use medication in her hive. Make sense? [upbeat music] I’m gonna go quite small. It looked like the oil, the jojoba went into the beeswax. Yeah it looks like an agent for the wax. – Yeah, that’s what I figured so I’m gonna put a lot less this time Here’s some paper for you. Okay, let’s give this a shot. just kind of move it around, hard for me to see what’s going on… oh no… How’s it feeling Stew? Um, that melted straight away. I was completely wrong. That’s really cool. – that’s the color is bleeding Woah! – Yeah, yeah it is! I did home economics when I was 12 I could be a housewife [laughs] (Emily) House PERSON. but look how pretty it is. Guys! It looks so… – Those flowers, here let’s do a before. (Fran whispers) This is so lit. – We’re saving ourselves a whole lot of money too Oh my god, yeah, this is our new business. – I just bought one of those for like $8.00? [dancy riff] (Emily) You didn’t think we could do it. (Fran) I don’t know that I didn’t think we could do it. I’m just so excited that we did it! – So it’s very waxed. Yeah, it looks like the ones that I got for Christmas… – It’s really covered. …did when I got them. – When you first got them. – Super, super shiny and beautiful. Can we wrap things in it? – Should be usable. See if it’s sticky. – It feels still a little fibrous. This is how I wrap presents. Don’t we have to like wash it or something to set it? – Nope. That’s it. So pretend that’s a sandwich. – Oh my god, we did it. – It works. [upbeat music] So we’re doing this with coconut oil just so you know, ’cause Stew wasn’t recording. So what’s the difference between coconut oil and jojoba oil? Got me. – So why do we have two different types of oil? – because they are both apparently they work This is our practice lunch. Does this look Emily? – Yeah do it! Iron it! (whisper) I’m so excited. Fran’s like a little kid at Christmas. – I am. Oh. Butts. [laughs] Butts. Oh my god. I am. So. Frickin. Excited. You can make this at home. Oh my god. Or at your local library! So we got one with jojoba one with coconut and one with just wax [dancy music] It smells so good. – It does smell good in here. So as you’re ironing, let me interview you. you’ve been using these for a year or so Buying them at farmers markets and that kind of thing. What’s been your impression of using them? They’re great. I have one thing of plastic wrap in my cupboard that I’ve had for a really long time and we barely need to use it. – Okay. – Because we use these for Everything. So how long does one of these last Fran? – Well, I’ve had a set for a year That I still continue to use and it is like getting a little bit worn. – So what do you do with it? do you just like rinse it off or something? Yeah see all you need is some cold water Ok. – I think they say to use cold rather than warm because the warm Will take the wax off a little bit quicker And that’s all you do to wash them. So these are some of our end products You can see that they’re pretty rigid and Really cool! – Can’t wait to use them! – We learned that too much oil can be a bad thing Coconut oil is already kind of too much oil. – Yeah – and but like not enough oil can be a bad thing, too So there’s a, there’s a sweet spot with it. – Yeah. We didn’t like the ones that we made with coconut oil. They kind of turned out a little slimy Wouldn’t do that again. The jojoba oil worked great just a few drops of that is all that’s needed It keeps it playable and then we made one with no… I think one of these doesn’t have any oil on it at all. This one doesn’t have any oil at all This one seems like it’s going to be fine, too I mean, we really need to take them now and do a little experimenting use them at home and see how well they work But we’re really pleased with how it turned out and we hope you try to do it at home because it was easy It was inexpensive, especially if you can find some fabric from a friend who has extra fabric Give it a try and let us know how it works out [upbeat music] how to pronounce hah HOH bah. Oh we were ALL wrong. hah HOH bah. – So it is Hs. Hoh hah bah. Hah… [laughter]

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