I have recently come across a Toronto based beeswax candle producer on Etsy (Gammy's Beeswax Candles) and have decided to purchase some of their candles. In one of our email exchanges I found that they also sell raw beeswax and I decided to get a block for the purpose of making my own furniture polish. What worked well is that their studio is very close to where I live so I can swing by and pick up the order myself.
So here is how the process went:
The beeswax came in a 1/2 lb block. In order to be able to melt it easily, I grated the block and mixed the shavings with the non-toxic natural oil made for treatment of butcher's blocks, wooden salad bowls, cutting boards etc. The ratio I used is 1:4 in favour of the oil. I could also have used olive oil, but was afraid that it may turn rancid at some point, and that would not be a good thing.
I mixed all the ingredients together and put them in a glass jar that I placed in the steamer to avoid any water from getting into the mixture.
Once all the wax shavings have melted and the liquid had turned clear yellow colour I took the jar out and let it cool, mixing it occasionally. When it cooled down the mixture acquired consistency of vaseline. If I had used less oil, it would probably have turned out harder which would have been fine too.
I decided to try it first on my kitchen table that was definitely in need of some love and tender care.
|table top before|
|Table top after|
I was so impressed with the results that I decided to use it on a piece of painted furniture that I had just completed and that is now available for purchase at Freedom Clothing Collective (939 Bloor Street West in Toronto) or in my Etsy shop.