I'm looking for a simple method of building a steam dewaxer for my
shop that will not cause harm to the investment. The challenge
being size, I'm in a apartment using a bedroom for my studio. Most
models currently on the market are larger than I have room for.
I built a steam dewaxer from a hotplate, a spaghetti pot and a piece
of a bakery cooling rack. The spaghetti pot is a two-piece thing,
with an outside pot and an inside perforated pan that fits tightly
inside, and of course, a lid. I cut and bent the circular cake
cooling rack to fit inside the perforated pan, in order to raise
flasks up off the bottom by an inch or so.
I put just enough water in the bottom pan to come almost to the
bottom of the perforated inner pan, set the flasks opening side down
on the cooling rack, and cover it with the lid. Then I turn on the
hotplate and let it boil for 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the size
of the flasks and the amount of wax in them. When they come out,
there's hardly any wax left to be burned out. I've accidentally left
flasks in there for over 2 hours, and the investment is not harmed
in any way. The wax drips out into the water, and when it cools, it
can be peeled out and removed in one large flat piece. The only thing
you need to be concerned about is not letting it boil dry--that might
The whole thing cost me about $12 for the hotplate and the cooling
rack. I already had an old spaghetti pot that wasn't being used, I
got the hotplate new for $10 and the cooling rack for a couple
dollars at a thrift store.
Here's a link to a site that sells a spaghetti pot like the one I
have (not affiliated, just found one with the right photo). You can
sometimes find them cheaper at local department stores, and you might
even get lucky and find one in a thrift store.
Feathered Gems Jewelry