With the increased interest in beekeeping, the use of honey and beeswax has become an artisanal trend. Give one—or all—of these four beeswax crafts a try!
Beeswax is a product of the industrious worker bees, who use it to build honeycombs. That hexagonal pattern is actually a nursery for the hive’s young and a pantry for the bees’ pollen and honey.
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From sweet-smelling gifts such as candles and lanterns, to natural skin masks, cleansers and conditioners, honey and beeswax both showcase enormous amounts of versatility. Honey Crafting (F+W Media, Inc., 2013) introduces readers to more than 30 mouth-watering recipes with honey, as well as home crafts and DIY body-care products.
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Beeswax is so elegant, so lovely and useful, that it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t invented for us to enjoy.
In fact, beeswax is a product of the industrious worker bees, who use it to build honeycombs. That hexagonal pattern is actually a nursery for the hive’s young and a pantry for the bees’ pollen and honey. Wax is the building block of the hive.
And we, too, can use it to build. Of all the waxes that you can use to craft, pure beeswax is the most prized, and for good reason. Beeswax is a miracle of a medium for crafters. It’s pliable when warm and sturdy when cooled. The soft yellow color of the beeswax seems to glow from within. It immediately draws the eye. Even a small beeswax candle or ornament can become the focal point of a living room or bedroom.
When formed into a candle and lit, the wax emits a rich, sweet fragrance that speaks to its enduring popularity. Each batch of beeswax has its own unique scent, a prized combination of the flowers and plants that fed its parent hive. Underneath the sweetness, look for notes of wildflowers, clover, avocados, or herbs in your beeswax.
Beeswax burns with a pure, golden glow that nothing else can match, as the honeyed smell permeates the house and the occupants’ hair and garments.
In this article, you will find instructions on how to make your own beeswax masterpieces that will fill your home with beauty and light and you'll learn how to make beeswax-enriched body-care products that will keep your skin firm and glowing. Here you’ll learn to craft candles of all shapes, sizes, and levels of difficulty. You’ll find beeswax lanterns that could illuminate a living room with a joyous glow, and ornaments that could grace a tree or add class to the rear window of a car.
This article will give you endless reasons to spend a night in with your new decor, and endless gifts for friends and family to celebrate.
Excerpted from Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive written by Leeann Coleman & Jayne Barnes, Copyright © 2013 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of F+W Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Buy this book from our store: Honey Crafting.
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