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Cappings BeeswaxWhat is Cappings Beeswax

Beeswax is a product of the bodies of bees and is used by these hardworking insects to construct the bee-comb cells to which they store their food (nectar's and pollen) and lay their eggs.

Worker bees are equipped with a special gland that allows them to produce wax from ingested honey. For every 6 to 8 pounds of honey they eat, they secrete 1 pound of wax to build honeycombs for their hive.

Characteristics:  Crude Cappings beeswax is a by-product of the honey harvest (production and processing of bulk honey). It is mostly virgin beeswax freshly produced by the bees each year when they are gathering nectar. This is either supplied already melted into blocks or as raw cappings which the beekeeper then melts, cleans and forms into blocks.

Processing:  As you can see from the pictures to the right, a frame of pure beeswax cells is fabricated by the beekeeper from previously harvested cappings beeswax. The frame is placed into the hive for the bees to do what they do naturally.

To harvest the wax, each comb is pulled from the hive and "brushed," gently removing the bees clinging to it. This is done naturally with a non-toxic smoke or smudge.

For honey to be extracted from the comb, the beeswax cappings first have to be removed to expose the honey. This is usually done by the beekeeper using a special knife which cuts the honey combs back to a uniform thickness.

Traditionally in ancient cultures the cappings beeswax were saved and gently melted in the sun. Today the beekeeper melts the beeswax cappings and removes any obvious dross and debris, before pouring the molten beeswax into molds, or delivers the raw cappings to us for melting. The shape, size, amount of dross and debris, and presentation of blocks will vary between beekeepers.

Every 10 lbs. of honey produces approximately 1 lb. of usable beeswax.

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