What do you use beeswax for….?

We have compiled this list from visitors to the annual Conwy Honey Fair

  • To strengthen button thread.
  • To stop shoe laces fraying.
  • To make furniture drawers open and close more easily.
  • To make wood saws cut freely.
  • To make screws drive into wood more easily.
  • In woodturning, to polish bowls.
  • To make furniture polish, mixing the beeswax with pure turpentine.
  • For tying fishing flies.
  • To lubricate wet suit zips.
  • To seal didgeridoo mouthpieces.
  • To strengthen archery bow strings.
  • To lubricate muzzle-loading rifle bullets, mixing the beeswax with tallow.
  • To make candles.
  • To strengthen sail maker’s twine.
  • To make hand cream.
  • To strengthen sash window cords.
  • To finish pine picture frames.
  • ½ and ½ with paraffin wax for batik.
  • Encaustic art.
  • To wax dreadlocks.
  • To polish and preserve gunstocks.
  • To strengthen puppet strings and prevent tangling.

Do you know of any other uses? Please let us know!

Compiled by Peter McFadden
Updated January 2014

3 Responses to What do you use beeswax for….?

  1. David Marshall says:

    I use beeswax to lubricate and waterproof linen thread when sewing leather.

    Turpentine from wood is quite toxic, particularly so to people with breathing difficulties. It also passes through skin easily.

    White Spirit (not Turps Substitute) is a less hazardous solvent for making polish.

  2. David says:

    I mix beeswax and neatsfoot oil (plus a drop or two of a nicer smelling essential oil like Patchouli) to make a leather waterproofer and conditioning treatment.

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