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A local bee keeper sold me a piece of raw pure beeswax. Now what do I do with it? have heard of mixing with olive oil, mink oil, etc to make a patch lube. Are there any other uses? Does anyone have any recipes that they would be willing to share?
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I use it for lubing conicals 4-5 parts BW depending on time of year (Temp)and balance with bear oil ,for those less fortunate that don't eat bear , try unsalted crisco/lamb tallow/peanut oil or olive/Ed
 

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Nice photo of wax but, the interesting item is ruler, have you lately priced one $$$$ they are now collectable.
Must live a sheltered life. I still use folding rulers of various vintages on a regular basis. Learned some unique measurement techniques using them when I was a kid - creating arcs, setting angles, etc. And as an FYI, believe it was at the local Lowe’s last week that I saw them on the shelf for maybe $15 while I was looking for something else.
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I get beeswax from friend with hives I mix with fresh rendered tallow. I use it for all kinds of stuff from patch lube to lip balm leather conditioner gun grease etc... it's a treasure to me. I make enough to almost fill a quart jar then put some in old kiwi cans for portability. Expirement with ya mixture rates.
 

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I use auto paint filter/funnels for filtering out trash in bees wax. They are usually given away at the auto paint. Works very well.
 

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I use beeswax mostly for creating a leather balm. I melt the following products in a double boiler:
Beeswax - 50%
Neetsfoot oil - 35%
Lanolin - 10%
Carnuba wax - 5%

If you want a softer balm add more neetsfoot oil to the mixture. Works great to seal and soften leather and will darken it. I rub it in the leather and heat it a bit with a heat gun (or you can use a hair dryer or just leave it in hot sun for a few minutes). The mixture soaks right into veg tan leather.
 
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Must live a sheltered life. I still use folding rulers of various vintages on a regular basis. Learned some unique measurement techniques using them when I was a kid - creating arcs, setting angles, etc. And as an FYI, believe it was at the local Lowe’s last week that I saw them on the shelf for maybe $15 while I was looking for something else.
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My father who is long dead was a plumber all his adult life. These were the only measuring device he ever used. He was able to span distances between fittings easier with the stiff ruler, and cut his copper tube very accurately. I worked in the trade for over 40 years and cannot remember any other trade who use this type ruler. Now I use this rule in my workshop, and it is a permanent resident of my workbench.
 

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Surprised nobody has mentioned making Moose Snot for a patch lube...
2 oz Beeswax
8 oz Castor Oil
1 oz Murphy's Oil Soap

Heat the beeswax in a double boiler until it's a liquid and mix the Castor Oil and Murphy's Oil Soap, let cool, excellent patch lube...If you want it a bit softer, just add more Castor Oil...
 
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I use beeswax mostly for creating a leather balm. I melt the following products in a double boiler:
Beeswax - 50%
Neetsfoot oil - 35%
Lanolin - 10%
Carnuba wax - 5%

If you want a softer balm add more neetsfoot oil to the mixture. Works great to seal and soften leather and will darken it. I rub it in the leather and heat it a bit with a heat gun (or you can use a hair dryer or just leave it in hot sun for a few minutes). The mixture soaks right into veg tan leather.

I make a similar mixture though only go to about 25% on the beeswax, but have found that a small amout (roughly 5%) of pine tar (available in the horse section at any feed store) will prevent molding of the leather if you are in a warm/humid environment (anywhere east of the mississippi during the summer!). Your formula got me thinking... and I just realized that the lanolin also has antifungal properties -- good idea!
 
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