I am, in fact, waxing anything but..... I've been working on the Roman wax tablets since Friday, not continuously, of course...but, off and on.
The first thing I did was to sand the edges of the tablets down. I then put them in the oven on the warm setting so that the wood could heat and allow the wax to saturate it. The instructions I was using said to set up a double boiler to melt the beeswax. I didn't have one, so I used a pot with an aluminum pie pan on top. It worked perfectly.
I put it on the tablets in the same way I did the sage....painting it on with a paintbrush. I really wasn't satisfied with the way they were looking. After I used the brown wax in a different tablet, and took the aluminum pan off to cool, I noticed that the wax in the pan had cooled nice and smooth and looked great. Which gave me an idea! I could possibly put the tablets in the oven on warm, let the wax melt totally, and then it would cool nice and even. I put one in and voila! It worked! I put the remaining tablets (except one) in, melted the wax to a liquid, and then turned the oven off and let them all cool. They looked dramatically better!
We still have to make a stylus to go with each tablet. I was thinking of buying dowels and whittling them to a point on one end and somehow making a flat or ball shape on the other end to smooth the wax after writing. I am also planning to let the kids use a woodburner to make a simple design on the front of their tablets. I really hope they work ... I know there was the question as to the beeswax having the proper writing consistency because I was using wax dye instead of lampblack. I had originally intended to do one with lampblack just to see the difference, but I didn't. Hopefully, these will work and the kids will get a feel for how writing was done long ago. I know I've definitely learned alot and thoroughly enjoyed the process. :)