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Offline stuckinthemud

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Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« on: November 06, 2021, 03:31:02 pm »
I am lucky enough to know a beekeeper and have a pound or two of pure beeswax. There are several recipes for polish, using white spirit, turps, linseed oil, boiled linseed, and so-on.  Even olive oil. What do you recommend?  Also, what other uses do you have for it?

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Offline PatM

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2021, 06:28:00 pm »
That will entirely  depend on whether you also may want to use it for food contact items.

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2021, 06:44:07 pm »
No, not for food contact items, I always felt wax wasn't hard wearing enough for the kitchen.  Fab for furniture, decorative items and things like bows and bow strings though. Although it is a great finish in its own right,  I particularly like to use wax over an oil finish.

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2021, 08:07:21 pm »
From memory...use a double boiler to melt the wax. Take it out the heat and add a little white spirits and mix together, until it becomes a stiff paste at room temperature.

Natural beeswax is brown, refined beeswax is white. The type you use will give a slightly different look.

Offline bassman211

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2021, 08:52:42 pm »
Look on tube ,and you will get recipes  for bow finish. Can't remember how much turpentine , and linseed oil was added to a pound of bees wax, but it will make  a bow finish. You heat your bow limbs ,and add wax until wood stops sucking up the wax. Do it a couple times a year.  Fumes are bad to breath, so do it outside with a good mask. Doesn't smell good either. Maybe try doing away with the turpentine. Next time around I would.

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2021, 08:55:24 pm »
I make pitch glue for hafting stone heads and blades with hard brittle pitch, beeswax and finely ground charcoal. A good leather dressing can be made using beeswax, animal fat and pine pitch and bow string wax using beeswax and pitch...and don't forget candles.
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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2021, 12:18:03 am »
From memory...use a double boiler to melt the wax. Take it out the heat and add a little white spirits and mix together, until it becomes a stiff paste at room temperature.

Natural beeswax is brown, refined beeswax is white. The type you use will give a slightly different look.

New beeswax is nearly white, but as comb is used/chewed up/reused, it gets mixed with propolis, feces, and other dirt in the hive. By the time it is brown, there is very little wax whatsoever left in it. I know, because I tried to refine 30 deep frames of brown comb and ended up with less than an ounce of deep yellow wax.
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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2021, 03:11:22 am »
I get beeswax off my friend who has kept bees for 50 years. I use it for a finish and string wax. Mixed 50/50 with pitch is wonderful string wax.

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2021, 05:29:44 pm »
Pitch, as in coal tar pitch?

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Re: Make Beeswax Polish how? Any other uses for beeswax?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2021, 04:25:02 pm »
Likely pine pitch, the hard dried stuff.  But I reserve the right to be wrong! (lol)
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