Saturday, October 2

Beeswax Polish...

The night that I posted about preserving our autumn leaves in melted beeswax, I was clicking around and found a post on making beeswax polish. I've wanted to get some for a long time, but never got around to it. Since I had some beeswax candles from church and a bottle of sunflower oil in the cabinet, I decided to try making some. It turned out wonderfully and since last night, I have polished our wooden train and two of the trees from our farm set. The polish really brings out the beauty of the wood and smells just like church. I think that I may make it a habit to bring a toy or two to polish outside each day while the children play. It is soothing to have something like this to work on.

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Beeswax Polish

Ingredients
1 cup of oil (I used sunflower)
1/4 cup of beeswax

Method
Put one cup of oil into a wide mouthed jar. Grate or roughly chop up a quarter cup of beeswax and add to the jar. Fill a pot with several inches of water and bring to a boil. Place the jar in the boiling water and let the wax melt. Omce the wax is melted, use a potholder to remove the jar and place on a pot holder. As the mixture cools, use a popsicle stick or paint stirrer to mix the polish occasionally. Once cooled, use a small amount on wooden items around your home. Rub the polish into the wood using your hands and a clean cloth.

5 comments:

Kyrie said...

Oh, I love making and using beeswax polish! It has a very prayerful quality to it, I think.

Matushka said...

What's the recipe?

M.Michelle

Mat. Emily said...

I'll edit the post to include it, Matushka!

Maria said...

Long ago I visited an antique store where the owner restored furniture using a beeswax polish. Somehow it stripped away the old finish safely while he was polishing. I've often wondered about it since then, but have never been able to find anything like it. This is a start, so thank you!

Fr David Straut said...

Very nice! What's the consistency of cooled polish?

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