Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My own beeswax

When life hands you dead bees, you might as well make beeswax.
I've documented the process before. Basically you melt the comb in water, filter out the larger solids (called slumgum), then melt it again and filter it through a stocking.

I rendered the pale honeycomb in one batch and half the dark brood comb in another. You get a lot more wax from the honeycomb, and the shade is notably lighter.
I ordered a mold to make little one-ounce bars and I might try to make a candle or two.

As I was photographing the wax on a backyard table, I could hear a pretty loud humming from the chanticleer pear tree, which is coming into bloom.
Swarm season is just around the corner.


  1. I'll definately have to read thru your blog, just in case I actually get some comb for making wax and candles....thanks for stopping by.

  2. That is so cool! So in the picture on the bottom left is that what's left after the wax is out?

  3. Loved reading about how to render beeswax from your older post. Slumgum!