I’ve just cut all my bits of ribbon for the Orders and waxed them up! Having used the Fiance’s giant lighter to melt the wax and dip the edges in, I soon found this tiring for mass production and got annoyed about frequently burning my thumb. So I came up with a different scheme, which worked excellently: I placed some wax in a low, slope-sided ramekin dish and stood the dish in a pan of hot water, such that the water came halfway up the side of the ramekin dish and heated it on the hob. The wax melted, and I was able to dip the edges of the ribbons in the bowl of hot wax.
I took it off the hot hob and turned teh fire off to do this so that steam didn’t ruin the ribbons and burn my hand, and also to ensure I didn’t boil the pan dry whilst I was concentrating on something else (because I would NEVER, never make a mistake like that…).
To make sure the swallowtail was efficiently waxed up to the centre, I folded the ribbon wonkily in half, holding it with my finger and thumb so that I could dip one side and not the other (see pic). Since the wax cools almost instantly, you can then fold it the opposite way to dip the other half in.
I arranged all my finished ribbons on the edge of the (recently cleaned) work surface whilst I was doing this so that the soft wax wouldn’t seal against the surface so that it would form an oddly-shaped face when I peeled it off.
Also, look at my many many ribbon!