I just lost a hive to SHB so have several boxes of comb that needs to be recycled. I have done a lot of reading and looking on the net about making my own foundation. Lots of benefits, especially the lack of pesticide residue when I use my own wax.
As a backyard beekeeper the mills are not cost effective and are strictly out of budget. Has anyone tried to make one of the silicone mould presses? Any success with it? Problems? Too brittle to be practical? The good? The bad? the ugly (couldn’t resist)
What about using plain wax sheets and allowing the bees to draw out whatever comb they want on it? Is there a down side to doing this?
Oh, and I don’t plan on harvesting any honey from any of these frames–that’s what my flow frames are for. This will be mostly for brood and maybe a super for just the bees.
I have only been a beekeeper since May but have a good local club. However, I don’t know of anyone who is making their own foundation and would appreciate any advice from someone who has given it a try.
Bee happy! --Pam