Beeswax Uses

If you ask anybody today about the uses of beeswax, after prolonged thinking they might be able to tell you about the uses of beeswax in cosmetics or candles. But there is a multitude of uses that the average person today would not even think off.  So let’s have a look at just some of these uses…..

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Recipes or Uses

Accordions

Beeswax is used to make an air seal around the brads that attach the bellows.

Archery Wax

Waxing the bowstring is necessary for a number of reasons. First,  the fiber make-up of the string is millions of extremely fine fibers going in many directions that make up a single strand. All those millions of fibers need a lubricant between each other in order to not create friction or any other force to compromise their integrity.   With our high-tech world, beeswax is still the best material for this purpose.  Secondly, beeswax protects the string from the environment, dirt, rain, clothing or any other  contaminants that come into daily contact with the string, beeswax forms an effective barrier protecting the string.

Balms

Beeswax is the thickening agent used in herbal oils to convert them to ointments (or balms.)  In addition to the nutrition found in the herbs, themselves, beeswax also adds its owns nutrients to the finished product.  Search the internet for different recipes or checkout our recipe section.

Bag Pipes

Beeswax is used to coat the hemp that is used on bagpipe joints and tuning slides.

Baking

Cannele molds are coated with beeswax. The wax makes the un-molding easier, and  most important gives the canneles their distinctive, crunchy crust.

Basketry

Beeswax has been used in the past and still is today for waxing pine needle baskets. The beeswax is melted and applied in a thin to moderately heavy coat using a foam brush or  a spoon. The basket is then put in a low temperature oven on a piece of tin foil. As the wax melts into the pine needle coils it helps stiffen the basket as well as protect the threads used to make the basket.

Batik

Is a technique of textile design accomplished by negative (or resist) dyeing. It is also the name of the resulting fabric. Designs are first painted on both sides of a cloth in melted beeswax, traditionally poured from a copper pot with several spouts, or  applied with various hand tools. After patterning, the cloth is dipped in dye, which is absorbed by the uncovered cloth areas but resisted by the waxed design, thus creating a light pattern on a dark ground. After the wax is removed (by boiling or dissolving) the process may be repeated many times to achieve great intricacy of design and richness of color.

Blacksmithing

Beeswax is used to finish ironwork. It gives it a beautiful sheen while retaining all of the texture of the forged work and also helps prevent rust. To make a polish mix 1 part Mineral Spirits and 1 part Linseed Oil then melt in bee’s wax to make an oil rub for iron. Add enough beeswax to give the mixture a consistency of motor oil.

Bronze Preservation

Bronze statues should be coated twice a year with a solution consisting of 1/3 pound of pure beeswax dissolved in one quart of pure pine turpentine. This solution is to be brushed over the statue in a swirling motion, using round semi-stiff hair brushes. Let solution dry for 24 hours, then rub lightly with a felt, velvet or wool pad, to only the high points of the statue so as to leave the depressions with a shadow effect. Care must be taken to apply the solution to the statue only when the statue is dry.

Bullet Casting

Beeswax is used to flux molten lead when casting bullets. It helps removes the impurities.

Candles

Beeswax candles do not melt with ugly wax drips by their sides. They also produce no smoke. Candles which are made from pure beeswax are the best in the world, smell wonderful, emitting a natural honey aroma which gets accentuated when mixed with other essential oils and herbs. Beeswax candles emit negative ions which purify the air and invigorate the body.

Candy Making

Beeswax is used in many high end candy creations.  Certain popular candies such as gummy bears, worms and jelly beans are made using beeswax, which naturally textures them as well as prevents the dissipation of their flavours.

Cheese

Beeswax is still used by certain traditional makers of cheese as a glazing agent, that is, to cover their product from spoilage. They prefer this caking over plastic as plastic adds its own undesirable flavours to cheese at times.

Chocolate

Beeswax can be mixed with chocolate, the beeswax helps to keep the chocolate from melting and it also gives it a nice shiny coat, ideal for tipping strawberries or edible flowers.

Concrete Polish

Give a sealed, dark concrete countertop a muted, natural luster by rubbing melted beeswax over the surface with a chamois cloth. Let it dry and then wipe

Copper Sinks

If your sink has an old patina finish you should apply a thin layer of beeswax each month to maintain the original finish in top shape and protect the sink.   Use pure, filtered yellow beeswax in block form. Ensure the temperature is at least 70 degrees. Rub the beeswax block along the sink taking care to coat the entire surface. Lastly, run your tap water at the hottest setting over the sink surface (using a hand sprayer works best) to seal the surface and cure the beeswax coating. Repeat once a month.

Cosmetics

Solid lotion bars and perfumes.

Cracked Hooves

Mix together equal parts of melted beeswax and honey for a good home remedy for cracked hooves of animals. Clean and dry the crack before applying the mixture.

Crayons

You will need equal parts by weight of grated soap and beeswax. Melt the beeswax in a small can placed in boiling water. Add the grated soap and stir until the soap melts and the mixture is smooth. Colour the mixture with dry artist’s pigment or for children safe crayons use concentrated food colouring (paste) as the pigment. Pour into lubricated aluminium foil moulds. After testing the crayon, it can be melted again and more pigment added. Another type uses 2 parts beeswax one part talc.

Dental Floss

Uses beeswax to strengthen and stop dental floss from snapping. It makes it easier for the floss to slide smoothly between the teeth and is gentle on gums.

Didgeridoo’s

The didgeridoo is an ancient tribal Aboriginal instrument, made from a branch or trunk of the blood wood tree, beeswax is used to make a mouthpiece.

Dreadlocks

Beeswax is a common base ingredient in products to create dreadlocks.

Ear Candling

This simple therapy is supposed to be effective in removing blockages from the ear canal, without the use of solutions or probes. High-quality ear candles are handmade from beeswax and unbleached cotton cloths. These specially fabricated candles are typically nine  to twelve inches long and will burn for approximately ten minutes. Through a process called convection softer waxes and toxins are supposed to be drawn out of the ear, oxidized and turned into vapors during the procedure.

Earplugs

Made from Pure Beeswax, Cotton & Lanolin, this soft-moldable ear plug forms itself to the shape of your ear canal each time you insert it, giving you a personal custom fit that seals so completely that it blocks out more sound than any other ear plug .

Encaustic Painting

The advent of electricity has made it easy to control the heat of tools, but in Ancient times, when encaustic was first used, the heat source was charcoal. The Greeks, Romans & Egyptians would melt the mixture of Beeswax and Damar Resin over this heat-source and blend the ingredients together,  in a proportion of about 85% Beeswax to 15% Damar. Once the wax formula was molten the colours pigments could be introduced.  The wax colour was then painted onto a wooden support about 3mm thick using natural hair brushes.

Furniture Polish

Beeswax makes one of the best furniture polishes you can get and it will also improve the quality of air in your room and/or house. The sweet fragrance of the beeswax will provide a clean and natural scented environment. There are many recipes for beeswax furniture polish that can be found on the internet.

Glass Etching

Needle etching is an early etching technique which seems to have gone out of use about 1940. The glass is coated with a resist (straight beeswax, and the design is scratched through the wax with a needle. The glass is then etched with hydrofluoric acid.

Grafting Wax

Melt equal portions of resin and beeswax in a double boiler. Allow the mixture to cool and roll it out into sticks. Wrap in wax paper and store in a cool, dry place.

Ironing Wax

Rub a block of wax over a hot iron. While the iron is still hot, wipe it clean with a paper towel, helps to prevent sticking.

Jewellery

Tibetan’s use beeswax to create necklaces.

Leather Protector

Leather is protected from water when rubbed with a mixture made from beeswax, tallow as well as yellow neatsfoot oil in equal amounts.

Lubricant

Beeswax used as a lubricant can solve may sticky issues;  Lubricate drills and saws especially in metal fabrication. Helps protect the cutting edges and keep them sharp.
Un-stick a drawer by applying a thin coat of beeswax on wooden rails, this allows the wooden drawers to slide smoothly. It does windows, too. Use wax to lubricate sashes.
Free frozen nuts, help loosen a rusted nut by lubricating the bolt’s threads with melted wax.  Rub wax over the threads of screws to make them drive smoothly and resist corrosion.

Moustache Wax

Heat and mix equal parts beeswax and Vaseline. You can adjust the stiffness by increasing or decreasing the amount of vaseline.

Musical Instruments

Not only is beeswax used to cake guitar bodies, in order to boost their longevity but it is also used on tambourine surfaces to get the desired effect when the player is employing the ‘thumb roll’ playing technique. Also before the reed strand is inserted in an oboe, a woodwind with a conical bore and a double-reed mouthpiece, the tread is waxed with beeswax to make sure that it fits tightly. Even the hemp for bagpipe tuning slides and joints, is rubbed with beeswax.

Oil Spill Control

How do you clean up an oil spill? With balls of beeswax, what else?! These aren’t your usual balls of beeswax, however. These contain microorganisms (little critters that can only be seen under a microscope) that “eat” oil.
Petrol Rem, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Penn. invented the idea. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center helped to design the tiny beeswax balls (microcapsules).
The beeswax microcapsules are designed so that water cannot get in, but oil can. When the oil seeps through the shell, the microorganisms inside release enzymes that digest the oil. When the balls get full of digested oil, they explode. They release enzymes, carbon dioxide and water, all environmentally safe. This mixture is even good fish food.

Plucking

If you put the beeswax in a tub of boiling water, then dip the duck/ goose into the mix, slowly withdraw the fowl. The wax enters the feathers and down and solidifies. They then can be removed in large sections, right down to the skin.

Pool Tables

Beeswax is used to fill in the seams between the pieces of slate when setting up a pool table.

Pysanky

Pysanky is an ancient and beautiful form of folk art from the Ukraine. It consists of decoration of eggs using beeswax and dyes. Hot beeswax is applied to the egg using a kistka. The kistka is a tool whereby hot wax can be essentially drawn onto the egg.

Reed Making – Oboe

Beeswax is used for waxing the thread before you bind the cane onto the staples, it makes the binding just that little bit more air-tight and helps the thread to stop slipping on the staple.

Rope Repair

With frayed rope, wrap a waxed length of string tightly around the rope’s tip about a dozen times. Tie off the loose end and trim the excess.

Sewing

Beeswax is used to coat the sewing thread to strengthen it and to give it a smooth coating so that it is less like to catch or snag on  material while sewing.

Screws – Threadlock

Used on screws to help prevent them from backing out.

Whip Making

Whip makers today using nylon paracord for making whips dip the laces in the wax before plaiting the whips .Some others do it after making the whips. It waterproofs the whips as well as adds a little weight the nylon cords.

Wire Pulling

Beeswax is used as a lubricating agent when pulling gold and other precious metals into thin wires or strands.

Wood Preserver – non toxic

Wax wood. For wooden structural elements that need to look good but take no wear (such as exposed ceiling beams), heat equal parts beeswax, linseed oil, and turpentine. Apply with a burlap rag while the mixture is still warm.
Beeswax is a natural conditioner for wooden products. You can condition home furniture by heating a cup of mineral oil to which ½ a teaspoon of beeswax has been added and then dab it onto the piece of wood with a piece of cloth.
For wooden toys you can make your own polish/finish/preserver: mix equal part mineral oil and beeswax. Heat in a double boiler and rub on furniture or toys, then buff off excess.
There are many different recipes for polishes and finishes for wood, select and choose one that suits you.

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