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Beeswax is a natural substance produced by honeybees. It is used by bees to build honeycomb cells to store honey and to raise their young. Beeswax is a complex mixture of fatty acids, hydrocarbons, and esters. It has a melting point of around 62-64°C and a characteristic honey-like scent. Beeswax is known for its unique properties, such as its ability to repel water, resist decay, and burn cleanly. It is used in a wide range of applications, including candles, cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals. Beeswax has been used by humans for thousands of years and is still highly valued today for its many benefits.

 

How do I harvest beeswax from my hives?

Harvesting beeswax from beehives can be a rewarding and profitable experience for beekeepers. Beeswax is a valuable substance that can be used in a variety of applications, from candles and cosmetics to food and pharmaceuticals. Here’s how to harvest beeswax from your beehives:

  1. Remove the honeycomb: Before you can harvest beeswax, you need to remove the honeycomb from the beehive. You can do this by cutting the wax caps off the honeycomb cells using a hot knife or a capping scratcher. The honey can then be extracted from the honeycomb using a honey extractor.

  2. Melt the wax: Once you have removed the honeycomb from the beehive, you will need to melt the wax to separate it from any impurities. You can do this by placing the honeycomb in a solar wax melter or a double boiler on low heat. Be sure to monitor the temperature carefully to avoid overheating and damaging the wax.

  3. Filter the wax: After the wax has melted, it will need to be filtered to remove any impurities such as dirt, debris, and bee parts. You can do this by pouring the melted wax through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.

  4. Mold the wax: Once the wax has been filtered, you can pour it into molds to create beeswax bars or sheets. You can use silicone molds, metal molds, or even plastic containers to mold the wax. Be sure to let the wax cool and solidify before removing it from the molds.

  5. Store the wax: Finally, store the beeswax in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it. Beeswax has a long shelf life and can be stored for several years without going bad.

Harvesting beeswax from beehives requires some time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. With a little practice, you can produce high-quality beeswax that can be used in a variety of applications. So why not give it a try and see what you can create with this amazing natural substance?

 

What can I make with beeswax?

  • Candles: replace toxic paraffin tealights, or make taper candles for emergency use such as power outages.
  • Moisturizers, lotions, or body butters
  • Herbal remedy salves, balms, or ointments 
  • lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • soap
  • workshop lubrication for screws and tools
  • wood polish
  • food-safe cutting board conditioner
  •  grafting wax for fruit trees
  • leather dressing, shoe polish, or boot conditioner
  • archer’s wax for bowstrings and more
  • beeswax and cotton food wraps to replace the plastic wrap and Zipper bags in your kitchen
  • sealing wax, for invitations and cards
  • nontoxic crayons

 

My Favorite Molds To Use

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3D Bee Silicone Soap Molds Set of 2 Pack 6 Cavities Honeybee Silicone Soap Molds for Homemade Craft Soap Mold, Cake, Chocolate, Ice Cube Tray Mold

3D Bee Silicone Soap Molds Set of 2 Pack 6 Cavities Honeybee Silicone Soap Molds for Homemade Craft Soap Mold, Cake, Chocolate, Ice Cube Tray Mold 

 

Bee Silicone Molds - Round Honeybee Silicone Molds for Homemade Soaps, Lotion Bar, Jello, Bath Bomb, Beeswax, Resin, Chocolate and Dessert

Bee Silicone Molds – Round Honeybee Silicone Molds for Homemade Soaps, Lotion Bar, Jello, Bath Bomb, Beeswax, Resin, Chocolate and Dessert

 

Buytra 2 Pack Cylinder 3D Bee Honeycomb Beehive Silicone Candle Molds with 50pcs Candle Wicks and Centering Device for Homemade Beeswax Candle Making Supplies, Soaps, Lotion Bars etc

Buytra 2 Pack Cylinder 3D Bee Honeycomb Beehive Silicone Candle Molds with 50pcs Candle Wicks and Centering Device for Homemade Beeswax Candle Making Supplies, Soaps, Lotion Bars etc

 

3D Bee Honeycomb Handmade Silicone Soap Mold Beeswax Candle Mold Chocolate Fondant Molds Jelly Dessert Mold Silicone Cake Decorating Tool

3D Bee Honeycomb Handmade Silicone Soap Mold Beeswax Candle Mold Chocolate Fondant Molds Jelly Dessert Mold Silicone Cake Decorating Tool

 

EricX Light Beeswax Bars 7oz,1oz for Each Beeswax Bars,Pack of 7 Beeswax Bars Cosmetic Grade

EricX Light Beeswax Bars 7oz,1oz for Each Beeswax Bars,Pack of 7 Beeswax Bars Cosmetic Grade

My Beeswax Recipes

 

Easiest Mason Jar Beeswax Candles

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