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  1. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    I forgot to note before I get flailed - yes, I know the walls are a little thicker. Yes, I know some of the cells are slightly covered with wax debris (and a little dirty in places) and yes, these are not very usable in their current condition to be put in a hive (the broken edges). My...
  2. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Attempt #2. Manufactured Drone comb. Somewhat of a failure (should be one solid piece instead of 2 halves).. but getting there. Depth is about 1/4 - 1/2 ".
  3. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    The alice in wonderland tea party set would be optional - or free with a purchase over 1000.
  4. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Well, the plan is to build the honeycomb on a structured frame, like you would have fully drawn comb built (by bees) on foundation attached to a wood frame. So, they should be able to handle the same abuse that a frame would encounter in a centrifugal extractor - maybe DHL or FedEx uses this...
  5. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    join the party. I must admit, regardless of the outcome of the workings, I would have thought that the idea had merit on a grand scale. I have recieved welcoming responses from commerical beekeeping - subject to it working of course.
  6. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    I forgot to comment on this a while back. Yes, aluminum comb (for the honey industry) has been patented in the states. Not quite clear on why they don't use it.. maybe costs..
  7. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    I just thought I'd update this since it has been a while and I have been pursuing this some more. I built a prototype mold out of arcrylic on my laser machine, placed the mold in melted beewax and froze it. I then pryed the mold from the wax and presto - honeycomb. I must admit I destoryed the...
  8. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    emergency cells like queen cells? I don't think queen cells would be compatible with plastic comb since the base cell cannot be enlarged - so yes, I imagine they would be less easy to build with. But that doesn't mean that they couldn't build offshoots from the frame, or find some other place...
  9. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Maybe the two are related. Hmm.. I have a plastic comb foundation I bought that is 3/4 drawn - I always did wonder about that extra bit missing and why. The bees don't take as well to the plastic as the drawn out comb, but once it has been worked on the plastic frame seems to work just as well...
  10. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Packaging might be an issue. Probably easiest to solve by also selling complete honey boxes (if this were to be a product to be mass produced - I am only interested in the idea for myself right now.. and for my own project), and then wrapped. I've heard fresh beeswax is brittle, and that might...
  11. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    I could see that. Well, I would use only real beeswax - the overall intention is too make it easier on the bees to do their job - it shouldn't be a longshot idea away from "natural"- we make make boxes out of wood and create an entire house for them to live in instead of log hives, we clean up...
  12. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Yeah, the cost could be high - at least initially. Much like a full blown 120 frame extractor for $100,000/usd seems high. I'm not really trying to justify the cost here, or even think about it - I am assuming I can do this on a cost basis. I would like to find out if people would like the idea...
  13. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Full comb product Thank you very much for the replies. I am located in Alberta, Canada and apologize if this is a UK specific forum (if it helps I also hold a British passport and worked on the RIOE for a year and a half in Edinburgh). I checked out the links and they are helpful, but look like...
  14. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Haha.. I guess my one post and ambiguity in that post would lead to that concern - no this is not spam and no, I am not a mold supplier or maker - or have anything to do with commercial production of molds (and since this is the internet, you'll just have to take my "virtual" word on it :P). I...
  15. mccheyne

    Making your own wax frames

    Has anyone tried making their own wax frames with some sort of mold? I know the importance of having prebuilt comb for honey production and was wondering if anyone has thought about melting down some wax, pouring it into a pin laden mold and presto - instant complete wax frame without making the...
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