Intro: ●WAX YOUR OWN THREAD●
Wax your own thread is really easy, it just take a little bit of time.
You want to wax your thread for certain project, like leatherworking or making jewelry, because it make the thread stronger, it make it hold the knot better, it keep the thread in place more, and it make it less easy to unthread.
Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED
-the thread you are going to use for your project (I like linen one or cotton),
-a pencil to make the thread ball.
Step 2: START
Place one edge of the thread between the tip your thumb and the bees wax, and press.
Step 3: PULL THE THREAD
Whit the other hand grab that edge of the thread and pull.
Do this operation 4 or 5 time, in every side of the thread, until the thread is waxed enough.
You can do 15 or 20 inches out of a time, than go by and make other 15 or 20 inches, until you finish the thread.
You may want the thread more or less waxed, depending on the project you are going to use it for.
Step 4: DONE WAXING
This is how the thread look before and after been waxed.
You can see how the waxed one hold straight and nice.
Step 5: Make a Thread Ball
Make a knot with one edge of the thread on one of the end of the pencil.
Step 6: ROLL IT UP
Now you have to start to roll up the thread.
Go with the thread in the middle part of the pencil. Hold the pencil with your fingers in the middle of it.
Than start to make an 8 shape around the pencil, passing on top and behind the pencil, in front in the middle, and under behind (look at photos).
Don't do it too tight, or you will not be able to remove it from the pencil.
Step 7: KEEP ROLLING
Keep rolling the thread, while you twist the pencil too, so you make a nice even thread ball.
When you finish the thread just insert it under the last thread ring you made.
Step 8: EXTRACT IT
Remove the knot from the pencil and gently extract the thread ball.
Step 9: DONE
You are done.
When you need to use it just start from the inside end of thread that was knotted to the pencil.