Wax:
Wax is produced by bees from the wax glands on the ventral aspect of their abdomens. It may be put to many uses.

The classic use is for candles but it is also used in cosmetics, polish and other household products.

A lot depends on the source of your wax within your hive. If you are using old brood frames the link below will provide you with a safe method of extraction. This is from the Norfolk Honey Company which has several videos and refreshingly shows the mistakes made during the producers bee journey.

If making cosmetics try to use cappings or brace comb which will be very pure and need little purification. This can be achieved by melting the wax in a slow cooker to which filtered rain water has been added. Before the wax is added tie it up in muslin lined with plain kitchen roll or a coffee filter for very small amounts.

It is very satisfying to make your own foundation. You will know just what disease or chemicals your hives may contain (hopefully very little). You will need a foundation press or mould of some sort. Very inexpensive silicone moulds are available in the UK, see below.

Remember creating frames of wax cells uses up a huge resource by the bees. With supers especially, store them safely away from wax moths. Treat if necessary with 80 % acetic acid (very concentrated vinegar). This is the most efficient use of the wax our bees produce for us.
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