This is also my first try a beekeeping. I went with the 100% crimped wire foundation. I would suggest that you find a helpfull beekeeper,and borrow his equipment. First you will have to string wire through your frames,then you'll have to embedd it into the foundation. There are differant ways of doing this,and it is very time consuming. Half way through I'd wished I had went with the Plasticell. They say its worth it,and the bees like it.