How is Beeswax Made?

If you are interested in beeswax, you probably want to ask beekeepers, how is beeswax made?

• The process begins with bees collecting honey/nectar from the flowers bringing it into the beehive and if there is an abundant supply, bees produce wax as very tiny plates from the 6 wax glands, 3 to the side of the abdomen. These are mouth picked usually by other bee, molded and chewed into place.

• When bees fabricate comb, they all hang together in a huge chainlike mass. This makes the process of getting the wax by human easier. Most of the wax is acquired from the very top of the comb and it is removed to provide access to the honey. It comes in lighter color and gives off aroma which is essentially used in creating candles due to their very nice smells.

• The cappings are drained of honey by allowing them to sit over a strainer or by placing them in large cheesecloth, spinning the honey out of it. This will then be melted and the left honey is separated from the wax. Other people do this while the wax is still warm for there are two layers. Some would wait until it cools down and then plucking the wax off the top.

Removing while the wax is hot has the wax pass through the screen, but if you wish to remove debris, this method may not be highly efficient. There are some people who would not filter it at all. Now that you have your raw beeswax, you can get it ready for the candles. Other people would use the melted wax again letting it pass through better filters.

• Most people would prefer to use cheesecloth on making beeswax. This is because it removes excess honey by absorbing it and it also eliminates other unnecessary particles.

This is how beeswax is produced and where they truly originate. Before they are transformed into good smelling candles, they have to go through all of these processes. Surely the process is not easy and requires expertise. But they can be studied and anyone can do it using these procedures.

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