Gentle Bees Beeswax Block for Candle Making, 1 lb

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Product Description This beeswax is 100% pure, smells like honey, and produced by honeybees in Texas. The production of beeswax is essential to the bee colony. It is used to construct the combs in which the bees raise their brood and into which they keep pollen and surplus honey for the winter. Worker bees, which live only around 35 days in the summer, develop special wax-producing glands on their abdomens (inner sides of the sternites of abdominal segments 4 to 7) and are most efficient at wax production during the 10th through the 16th days of their lives. From about day 18 until the end of its life, a bee's wax glands steadily decline. Bees consume honey (6-8 pounds of honey are consumed to produce a pound of wax) causing the special wax-producing glands to covert the sugar into wax which is extruded through small pores. The wax appears as small flakes on the bees' abdomen. At this point the flakes are essentially transparent and only become white after being chewed. It is in the mastication process that salivary secretions are added to the wax to help soften it. This also accounts for its change in color. The exact process of how a bee transfers the wax scales from its abdomen to its mandibles was a mystery for years. It's now understood to be processed in either of two ways. Most of the activities in the hive are cooperative so it should be no surprise that other worker bees are willing to remove the wax scales from their neighbors and then chew them. The other method is for the same bee extruding the wax to process her own wax scales. This is done using one hind leg to move a wax scale to the first pair of legs (forelegs). A foreleg then makes the final transfer to the mandibles where it is masticated, and then applied to the comb being constructed or repaired. Beeswax becomes soft and very pliable if the temperature is too high (beeswax melts around 149 degrees Fahrenheit). Likewise, it becomes brittle and difficult to manage if the temperature is too low. However, honeybees maintain their hive at a temperature of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect for the manipulation of beeswax. A honeycomb constructed from beeswax is a triumph of engineering. It consists of hexagon shaped cylinders (six-sided) that fit naturally side-by-side. It has been proven that making the cells into hexagons is the most efficient shape for using the smallest possible amount of wax to contain the highest volume of honey. It has also been shown to be one of the strongest possible shapes while using the least amount of material. From the Manufacturer Beeswax and Versatility Beeswax uses: 1) Lubricant for old furniture joints 2) Smooth movement for doors and windows. 3) Component for mustache creams. 4) Prevents bronze items from tarnishing. 5) Use as a rust prevention. 6) Furniture polish when mixed with linseed oil and mineral spirits in equal parts. 7) Covering cheeses and preservatives to protect from spoilage. 8) Conditioner for wood bowls and cutting boards. 9) Coat nails and screws to prevent wood from splintering. 10) Used by NASA with an enzyme to mop up oceanic oil spills. 11) Cake guitar bodies to boost longevity. 12) Coat tambourine surfaces for thumb roll playing technique. 13) Coat reeds for woodwinds to get a tight fit. 14) Egg painting in a Ukraine folk art of Pysanky. 15) An essential ingredient in Indian art of fabric dyeing called Batik printing. 16) Candles that dont drip and have no smoke. 17) In candy like gummy bears, worms and jelly beans. 18) To water proof leather. 19) Molten beeswax to polish granit counter tops. 20) To make crayons. 21) With palm oil for soap. The palm oil reduces scars and the wax a natural moisturizer. 22) Mix with palm wax for a natural hair remover. 23) To reduce bow string friction. 24) on whips to water proof. 25) in bullets. 26) With comfery and chick weed powder to alleviate itching. Designed for many uses 27) Wire pulling. 28) Sewi

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  • Ingredient used in candle making
  • Made by honey bees in Texas
  • Ingredient for lip balms

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