The Beeswax

Beeswax Buddha
I have been making and selling beeswax candles, ornaments, and lip balm since 2009. For 2018, I will be selling exclusively through the Marquette Food Co-op and at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market in Marquette, Michigan. (My last day will be the last Saturday in October.) Both the Co-op and the farmers market have supported my business from the start. This year at the farmers market I am introducing candles made from bayberry wax.

Bayberry wax
For several years I had an Etsy shop, but it has been on vacation since August 2017. At this point, I do not expect it to reopen. I enjoyed the online sales experience I had with Etsy and the many great customers I gained through that exposure, but, having pulled back from sales in general in late 2017 in order to re-evaluate my business, I discover I am happier with a smaller, more focused online presence (which explains why I am not on social media).

I buy beeswax cappings in bulk directly from beekeepers, lately a fellow in Iowa. For the most part, I leave the wax in its natural state, adding nothing and removing very little. I do add ground cinnamon to some candles for the coloring. It also adds a bit of cinnamon scent to beeswax's natural honey scent, and there is no noticeable affect on the manner in which the candle burns. I use cotton wicking and make all candles at home, in molds.
Cinnamon beeswax bear and beeswax bear

Over the winter of 2017-2018 I began reading and writing about candles and wax (see The WAX Series listed on the sidebar). It is interesting what one learns by studying a specific thing, such as beeswax, in its broader context, such as all waxes and the chemistry behind a candle flame, any candle flame, any flame. It puts your interest in context, which is where all things should be. Through this study, my appreciation for beeswax has grown not because I learned that other waxes are inferior or toxic, but just the opposite. I learned that all waxes are very similar but they each do have their own story and their own chemical make-up. So this, too, changed my perception of how I should be selling candles. Marketing tends to convolute things, create its own story, and often makes things into something they are not. As of this writing, the WAX posts are being rewritten and expanded into something akin to a book. The process unfolds at a new site, for now called Wax ., or www.storiesofwax.com.

Production table

For many years I loosely maintained the following list of links that all have to do with beeswax in some way or another. I rarely check it now or add to it, but maybe you will find something of interest there. Any comments or questions, please email me at PeaPickleFarm@gmail.com.

Beeswax taper
for those with paws
beeswax: part of your first century bills and things
beeswax and your spectacles
soon you be waxing your cheese
debunking the negative ions claim
beeswax floats your (origami) boat
the poop on “mind your own beeswax”
bees make a whiskey bottle
Evidence for negative ions in beeswax? (via the pollen)
660 lbs. of beeswax art
NYC bees & Hurricane Sandy
Wax castles
Pysanka Museum and Sculpture Park
old beeswax, old teeth
beeswax tent
keeping bees in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
an enlightening use of beeswax
more beeswax artistry
Da Vinci liked beeswax
really old beeswax and another use for beeswax
beeswax gets a room of its own
What is wax?
get crafty with beeswax & paper
illuminating a beeswax ornament
make a beeswax food wrap
beeswax & holy tree healing
beeswax & Bob Feller
beeswax at the MoMA
put that on your pipe & smoke it
beeswax surf wax!
twig blocks (& beeswax)
beeswax & wood
recording on beeswax?
beeswax crayons
NYC has a bee in its bonnet
update on NYC & bees
beeswax on "History Detectives"
The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers
"This Old House" finds uses for beeswax
more old beeswax

Beeswax burning


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