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Hive Products - Polish
The ingredients are, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax and Turpentine.
The challenge is what ratio to mix them all together.
Have a look in the photo for the first tin of handmade polish.
The internet provides a huge number of 'beeswax polish' recipes, and
although the ingredients are relatively standard, the ratios are certainly
not. The two main version of beeswax polish contain beeswax and pure
turpentine, the difference is the addition of carnauba wax. This wax (shown
on the left) adds,
hardness and a 'shine' to the polish. Without it, the beeswax would have a
slight sticky feel and a duller finish.
The first version that I made, was slightly harder than normal shoe polish. Although when I tested the polish it work very well on my pine coffee table, I wanted something softer and easier to apply. So back to the internet for another recipe.
In this photo
there are two tins of hot polish freshly made, ready to cool and set.
For a small batch of 2 tins, it takes around 30 minutes to melt and mix the ingredients, and then another 30-45 minutes for the polish to set. Once set, the lid can be firmly attached. If this is attempted prior to cooling, usually the molten wax ends up going everywhere...not that I have experienced that!