Here is what you need to do:
- 1. Purchase a Styrofoam cooler
- 2. Have a piece of glass cut to fit the top
- 3. Line the cooler with aluminum foil
- 4. Choose a plastic Tupperware like container that you will use to melt your wax into
- 5. Place approximately 1 ½” of water in the bottom of the Tupperware container
- 6. Wash your wax renderings
- 7. Lay a towel and paper towels to dry the water from the wax renderings.
- 8. Place the wax renderings between two paper towels and let dry for 24-48 hours
- 9. Make little wax balls
- 10. Cover the Tupperware like container with paper towel (I used cheese cloth because it fit my container better than paper towels. They were too small).
- 11. Place the wax balls on top of the cheese cloth and place in the Styrofoam container.
- 12. Place glass on top
- 13. Allow to sit in the sun for several hours until melted.
- 14. The water in the container will allow the wax to melt on top.
I looked for several different types of solar melters. To purchase a wooden one was about $100. You could also purchase the plans to build one for about $6.00, plus materials. This simple solar wax melter looked perfect, was inexpensive, and looks like it would work beautifully. Today I put together the solar wax melter. It cost me about $8.50 for the glass. I washed my wax renderings and let them dry. Tomorrow I am going to try using the solar melter hopefully the weather will be very sunny. Here are some pictures of the process so far.