Make Your Beading Beeswax Work Better

by Diana Redlin.

Beaded minaret necklace by Diana Redlin

Beaded minaret necklace by Diana Redlin

I beadweave quite alot and I always hated the chunk of hard beeswax I had to run my threads through. It came crumbling off in chunks that fell to the ground and it was a mess.

I tried Thread Heaven but it mostly dried out my threads.

So one day I decided to conquer my beeswax!

Beaded pyramid earrings with silk tassels by Diana Redlin

Beaded pyramid earrings with silk tassels by Diana Redlin

I put a chunk into a little cup and added a bit of olive oil and microwaved it. It got mushy and I stirred it and got it all mixed together and what a day that was!

Beaded miniature treasure box by Diana Redlin

Beaded miniature treasure box by Diana Redlin

Now I reach for my beeswax and it is nice and soft and coats my threads with ease. It never gets hard as a rock anymore or falls off in chunks.

You don’t need much olive oil, as you want to be able to roll it into a nice ball. So start small and work your way to the perfect mix for your own tastes.

Beaded beads necklace by Diana Redlin

Beaded beads necklace by Diana Redlin

Diana Redlin
By My Hands Jewelry

Comments:

Better Beeswax for Beads
by: Rena

Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic beeswax tip, Diana! What a smart solution to the chunky wax problem.

And I have to say, your seed bead work is FABULOUS! Your beaded beads, miniature treasure box, etc. – just gorgeous and intricate.

Love seeing your work!

soft beeswax
by: Diana Redlin

Thank you Rena,
What a surprise to get the email about this piece.
I just love getting something good in my email box.
I had struggled with the beeswax problem for awhile. I think that I was reading something about waterproofing boots (!?) and the article said to soften the boot wax put it in the microwave for a few seconds. And a light bulb went off in my head.
Hurray!! So I did it with my beading wax. But once it cooled down it was back to that hard old chunk again. That’s when I said I can’t do this every time I use it….there’s got to be a better way.
And there was!…that’s the back story of my discovery.
Thanks again,
Diana

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