B is for Beeswax–A to Z Challenge, Day 2

Beeswax Verse

by me

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. 100_2697

 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):

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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.100_2585

And here’s some beeswax that’s been shaped into ??????

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Happy bee finger puppets I made, but not out of beeswax.

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 wooden egg decorated with 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!

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I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

9 thoughts on “B is for Beeswax–A to Z Challenge, Day 2

    • I never heard of it until I got to a Waldorf school. But it’s pretty great stuff. They add something to the modeling wax to make it hold together. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Just looking at your little beeswax creatures and imagining them warm in my hand soothes me. My dear mother-in-law used to make beeswax candles from sheets of honeycomb beeswax. She taught us all to do it but she was the wiz. She was very calm, so perhaps it was the beeswax, or perhaps the two drew like to like. I will look for those boxes with thick colored rectangles.

    • Thanks for sharing that lovely memory. I used to roll those candles with my daughters when they were younger. I saw they have the modeling beeswax on Amazon or any Waldorf supply place should have it.

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