When the golden summer sun shines bright,
The striped honey bee takes flight
Through field and in forest, from flower to home,
Gathering nectar to make sweet honeycomb.
As in our hands this wax we warm
We give thanks to that honeybee swarm,
to the bright summer sun, to flower and grove.
We shape our wax with strength and love.
Have you ever modeled with beeswax. You can get it dyed a whole rainbow of colors. It’s hard when you start, but then, through the warmth of your hands, it becomes soft and pliable. Of course, you can add extra heat, if you want, from a candle or warm water.
Or you could put it in your armpit or bra–just don’t forget to take it out! It gives off a gentle honey scent and you can shape it into anything you want.
This is what it looks like when you get it (only all the pieces are flat):
I find it very soothing to work with beeswax. I gave a talk to some teachers about Waldorf EC education a while ago. I brought some beeswax with me to let them try, since most people have never worked with it. I held onto a piece myself. I always get nervous when I speak in front of people. The warm beeswax in my hand calmed me down–I decided to always bring some with me when I speak.
Here are some little critters we made in my parent child class last year with beeswax and walnut shells or acorn caps.
And here’s some beeswax that’s been shaped into ??????
Happy bee finger puppets I made, but not out of beeswax.
And finally, for those of you who made it all the way to the bottom, here’s a link to my favorite place to buy beeswax tapers (which reminds me, I need to order more!) They are made by monks out of pure beeswax and are very reasonably priced, too.
As always, thanks for stopping by–and have a great weekend!