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Wax Making Recipes

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

1. GRAFTING WAX—To Make.—Rosin, 4 lbs. ; tallow and bees-wax, each, 1 lb. Melt, mix well and work, after cooling a little in cold water, until pliable. May be used at once, or will keep for years.—Blade.

2. Grafting Wax.—A cousin of mine, Jerry Lawrence, of Strykersville, N. Y., who has followed grafting over 25 years, uses rosin, 1 lb.; bees-wax, 6 ozs., and mutton tallow 4 on., claiming that, with the mutton tallow, it is a good salve for cuts and bruises, which are often received in climbing and sawing among the trees. Using these proportions, and keeping a ball or two of the wax in a covered pail with blood-warm water during the coldest part of the spring, when the wax would otherwise crack in spreading, saves the trouble of making two kinds. He keeps a little lard on the back of the hand to use occasionally to prevent the wax from sticking to the fingers. Make into balls of g to 3/4 lbs., pouring from the kettle into the water only so much of the wax mixture as can be worked at a time, keeping the balance warm until all is worked, or pulled to whiteness. Melt the rosin first, then add the others. No., 1, it will be seen, is softer, and if anyone chooses they can make both kinds, the first for the coldest weather and this for the warmer, as the season advances.

3. Sealingwax, Red, for Bottling Medicine.—Rosin, 1g lbs.; tallow, lard and beeswax, each, 1 oz. Melt together and add American vermilion, 1 oz.

Remarks.—Dip while hot. It is nice for druggists, who dip their vial corks, to have ready for use, or for bottles after the cork is cut off closely.

4. Sealingwax for Fruit Jars.—Best orange (gum) shellac and bees-wax, each, 1 lb.; rosin, 4 lbs. Melt and dip or paint the corks with a brush. 'Tis a red shade, but may be colored more if desired, any color. [See No. 3 for a bright red.—Druggists' Circular.

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