I usually make my own modeling beeswax, which works perfectly well and has the extra fun of involving my kiddos in the process. However, while shopping online for kite paper one day (one product that my local independent craft store doesn’t carry and that apparently would have been too futzy to try to special order for me), I was distracted by the Stockmar modeling beeswax sets that the store I was shopping at also carried.
The Stockmar sets had some interesting colors that I, myself, had never made, and we’d been needing more modeling beeswax for a while now but I hadn’t quite gotten in the mood to stir melted wax in a crockpot in this heat, and I was buying from this store, anyway, so if some truck is already going to drive something all the way across the country to me, then I might as well throw in a little something extra…these are the excuses that I use to talk myself into purchases that I don’t necessarily need.
So, yes, I bought a big set of Stockmar modeling beeswax, and the truck drove it across the country to me, along with my kite paper and crayon sharpener, and my girlies and I put it on heavy rotation among our craft supplies, to see how we liked it compared to our homemade modeling beeswax.
First of all, Stockmar modeling beeswax IS more expensive than homemade modeling beeswax, don’t get me wrong about that. Especially if there is someone selling beeswax at your local farmer’s market, and especially if you have enough other uses for beeswax and soy crayons and lanolin in your home to get away with buying larger sizes of these materials at better prices, it’s much cheaper to make your own.
It’s perfectly valid, however, to purchase something that you don’t have the time or inclination to make–maybe you don’t want to scour thrift stores for a crafts-only crockpot, for instance (although you totally should, since they’re so useful!), or maybe your passel of small kiddos desire nothing more than to tip pots of hot melted beeswax all over themselves. In that case, you’ll be happy to know that my own kiddos found this store-bought modeling beeswax just as fun to use, with results just as pleasing as the modeling beeswax that they, themselves, helped to make.
Our personal method for using modeling beeswax is to fill a bowl with hot water, then tip the modeling beeswax in. With our homemade version, we go find something else to do for about ten minutes while it softens for easy use. This Stockmar modeling beeswax, however, perhaps because the sheets are really thin or perhaps because of the ingredients, was soft enough to use almost immediately with this method, so yay for short attention spans!
One of my favorite things about making my own craft supplies with my girlies is that I then know exactly what they contain. While I don’t know exactly what’s in Stockmar modeling beeswax, I do know that they’re non-toxic, and the company does take care to disclose a lot of information about their coloring agents and the testing that their materials have undergone. I know parents who are way more hippie/crunchy/granola than me, and they swear by Stockmar.
Overall, my girls and I loved the Stockmar modeling beeswax just as much as we love our homemade modeling beeswax. The girls even brought out their stash of homemade stuff to say hi to the store-bought version, and discovered that the two different kinds could play together quite well.
[I did NOT receive free product for this review. I bought this modeling beeswax with my own hard-earned money, so thank goodness that I liked it!]