ive tried it all so far but not the pine resin..."its in the mail"
what ive tried so you dont have to:
sticking with the main ingredients of beeswax and coconut oil
tried mixing it with:
yeast - smelt like a brewery
Good grief, why?
fruit bread sap/resin - alsmost set fire to the kitchen
Uh huh, sugars carbonise and burn nicely
maple syrup - bit of a let down
bees honey - seems to work well, but i added way to much so now its like a candy bar
... pretty much everything else in the cupboards! the quest continues!
Okay, you may want to ask yourself a few things.
First, direct heat on wax or other things of that sort: bad. Fire hazard, especially as you can get some Really Hot Stuff at the bottom of the pan, which can reach flash point. Not good.
Big double boiler is the thing to use. Waxes typically melt at a lower temp than the boiling point of water. No hot spots that can literally blow up in your face.
And - don't add the grocery store, especially things with sugars in 'em. Unless you're really intent on making ant food. And the shelf life would be short, brutish and nasty.
So, you're trying to thicken/harden the wax, right? Okay, so, what is it thats a thicker wax?
Lots of plant waxes out there, plus there's good old paraffin. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax
And one more thing - failed batches of surf wax can be remelted, add something to it ( like carnauba wax flakes, often used to thicken things like this) and then try it and see. My suggestion would be to keep careful notes, so you can reproduce it from the final proportions used.
http://www.spwax.com/spcarnau.htm : a source for other waxes and info on 'em, look around the site. - a couple of friends of mine make handcrafter soaps and there are similar ingredients. If you know somebody who does that, ask them about sources.
hope that's of use