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Natural beeswax

Natural beeswax is most commonly used in traditional wood polishing and is a preservative agent for hard-wearing surfaces with a silky gloss finish. The exudate of honeybees is used for the conservation of wood surfaces and as a filler and adhesive. In its pure form, applied after being heated slightly (max. 70 °C), it penetrates raw wood surfaces well. Mixing with natural oils or alcohol can produce pasty or liquid polish for cleaning and wood preservation.
Beeswax has been used since prehistory as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather and for making candles, but also as an ingredient in cosmetics and painting.

Find your local beekeeper to acquire beeswax.

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Physical samples

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Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and on appointment.