i am very pleased with how the waxing of the leaves we collected worked and how they turned out. although i am sure they have lost a little bit of their brightness, the colour is kept much more than when they are dried, they look a lot more natural and the bees wax smell in different corners of our home is lovely!
i bought two 100% beeswax candles at a drugstore and placed them in a metal bowl, which in turn i put into a pot with some water in it, which i brought to boil on the stove. when the bees wax had melted, i dipped the leaves in it and placed them on parchment paper. they took a very short time to dry. i made a small garland with most of them, but wanted to keep the maple leaves against the light of the window, i think they look simply gorgeous!
i might just add that the little man was only interested in watching me and didn't want to join, so it was a mess-free project. in case little ones join you i recommend spreading a lot of newspaper across every piece of working space!!
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