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Preparing Beeswax for Showing

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Schedule

Read the schedule, read it again, ask your friends how they interpret what it says. Only by following the edicts of this document can your entry start to be considered... Look at it from the judge's point of view, he (or she) has to find the best, so anything that can be found to eliminate an entry makes their job that much more easy.

Presentation of the block

Use a polished wooden case about 20% bigger than the block to be presented. This case should be of plain and simple construction, it needs to be a good example of cabinet making, with no flaws in the timber or construction. A fancy case may be a fine object in it's own right, but it may work against you as it may attract attention away from the wax that it is supposed to be showing off.

Mahogany was favoured in the past, but I reckon that one made of beech, with perfect dovetailing or finger jointing, is right for the times. The case should be well polished using beeswax and not stained or varnished in any way.

Dark blue or black velvet makes a good background for presenting wax and it will not allow the wax to slide about as easily as some other surfaces. I personally favour dark blue as it is complementary to the wax if it is of yellow colour, however black may be best for the lightest colours.

I would only use a paper diolly if it was good quality and fairly plain... It would also have to match the shape of the block perfectly.

Selecting Comb

Save all of the pieces of pristine white comb that get drawn by swarms, especially those pieces that are unfinished and have not had any propolis added to the cell rims. The pieces that do have propolis can be saved separately and the propolis loaded cell rims can be shaved off using a 'cut throat' (open) razor after the comb has been warmed up to about 30° C or so.

Mould preparation

The Pyrex dish is the most commonly used mould. It has a good surface to start with and this can be further enhanced by polishing. The Pyrex material expands or distorts very little with temperature, which removes a possible variable from the cooling stage.

Melting and filtering the wax...

This is conducted in a similar way to that indicated on the pages Wax Melting and Wax Filtration pages, but in a more precise and controlled way.

Cooling

link to electronic cooling controller

This is the big influence on quality that is often ignored or given less prominence than it deserves

Polishing

(of the wax block) use of cotton wool under running water, use of silk

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