Beeswax has been described as the most recalcitrant substance known to man which means it makes great, long lasting polish but is not so great to splash it on your clothes.
- Beeswax is produced by the bees from wax glands on the undersides of the abdomen;
- Bees will only produce wax when there is a nectar flow;
- To produce wax the bees cling together in clumps and consume a lot of honey to bring up the temperature, then wax is extruded in little white lens shaped scales that can sometimes be discovered amongst the debris on the hive floor;
- Approximately 4lbs of honey is consumed to produce 1lb of wax.
- Beeswax begins to melt at 64 degrees centigrade;
- Beeswax begins to discolour at temperatures above 85 degrees centigrade;
- Beeswax will spontaneously combust if it is heated to above 200 degrees centigrade;
- The natural colour of beeswax is yellow – all shades of yellow depending on forage but if it is brownish or olive it has been overheated. If it is pure white it has been bleached.
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