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Making Wax Queen Cell Cups

As a beekeeper I like to be able to make what I need for my bees. By doing this I know what I am getting which is a plus in my book.  I would like to teach you how to make your own wax cups to raise your queen bees in. This is not a difficult task but it can get messy if your not careful.

Whats needed to complete wax cups:

1. 100% Pure bees wax melted
2. 5/16 dowel rod About 6" long
3. A cup of cold water
4. Sandpaper or sander
5. 1 Jz-Bz plastic queen cup
We will start by shaping the tip of the dowel rod. You need to round the tip somewhat and bevel in the sides. It needs to look like the bottom of a cell (nicely rounded). The bees will reject anything they do not like. Just remember practices makes perfect, right? If you fail try something a little different. 

Spend some time shaping the end of your dowel with sandpaper or electric sander. Just don't take off to much. Use your  Jz-Bz queen cup for a reference on the size. Once you get it to fit snug into plastic cup stop sanding a…