Beeswax block 1 lb


Beeswax by the pound.

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Beeswax. What Is It? The main constituents and the physical properties of beeswax.Wax is a hydrocarbon – contains the elements carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It contains about 300 different chemicals such as: Monohydric alcohols 31% Fatty acids 31% Hydrocarbons 16% Hydroxyl acids 13% Diols 3% Other (propolis, pollen, …) 6% Physical properties of beeswax: Solid at room temperature Melts at 64°C Solidifies at 63°C It has a nice aroma (acids, alcohols, esters – volatiles) Specific gravity = 0.95. It floats in water and sinks in alcohol. It is not soluble in water. It is water repellent, used as water proof – wax jackets and waxed threads. Slightly soluble in alcohol. Quite soluble in the higher order alcohols. It is soluble in chloroform, benzene, toluene, petrol, . . . It is brittle when cold. Malleable and plastic at 32°C It can remain stable for thousands of years. It is combustible, giving CO2 and H2O plus heat and light. How Do I Make A Show Sample? Purification. The wet cappings can be put in muslin bags (balanced) and spun in the extractor to recover as much honey as possible. I wash them in a little soft water to remove most of the honey and this can be used to feed some colonies – no waste. Rinse the cappings a few times in soft water. Hard water causes saphonification with the calcium in the hard water – gives a bloom to the wax. For show the best wax comes from fresh cappings. Spread the cappings out on a white cloth and pick out any discolored bits or foreign bodies – bee parts, propolis etc. The wax must be filtered through fine muslin. Place cappings in fine muslin cloth and tie it off. Place this in a jacketed hot water heater – when all of the wax is melted lift out the muslin slowly – reasonably pure wax will be left floating in the water. Filter this hot wax through fine filter paper to remove any further impurities, some use fine filter paper. Other methods can be used – solar extractor – steam boiler – or steam jacketed wax press. Do not use iron or copper vessels – stainless is preferred. Mold Buy a mold of oven proof glass (Pyrex), free of internal blemishes and reserve for wax molding only. Check size of wax block from the show schedule. Put the appropriate volume of soft water in the mold and mark this level on the outside. Wash, with unscented detergent, and dry the mold. Heat the purified wax up to 70°C. Rub two to three drops soft water with two to three drops of unscented detergent all over the inside of the mold – to act as release agent. Place the mold in another larger Pyrex container with water at 66°C. Momentarily stand the heated wax container in a shallow tray of iced water – to congeal any dirt that may be in the bottom. Pour the molten wax into the mold, avoiding any air bubbles, up to the mark. Place a preheated lid on the mold. Allow to cool slowly, insulate with newspapers. Put the lot into the oven or the range when going to bed. The following morning submerge the mold in container of cold water – this releases the wax block. Smoothen off the edges and polish the surface with a silk cloth. The process will have to be repeated over several nights to get a block good enough for show exhibition.

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Weight 16.00 oz
Dimensions 8 × 4 × 3 in

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