We've kept bees for a few years now, and have enjoyed some very delicious honey crops. However beekeeping also has another product... the wax. When you extract the honey you remove the wax capping that the bees make to seal it in, and we also remove old frames that have got too dark to inspect easily. Nothing is worse than peering in to the bottom of the cell trying to decide if you can see eggs, when the frame is filled with staining from many generations of bee-raising.
Now we have 5 hives we have quite a bit of wax that needs recycling, so there was more than we could use ourselves on the items that Dad turns. So there's now some polish available to buy, and here's how we make it.
The polish itself is pure beeswax, and olive oil... Nothing else.
I've just given my Matchless spinning wheel an autumn clean up. I removed all the dirty old oil, and gave it a rub down with some polish. To use, just wipe a cloth over the surface of the tin, rub on to the wooden parts of the wheel, leave for a few minutes, then buff off. Better to use a small amount and do it again later than to use too much, otherwise you'll end up with a sticky wheel.
It's not a replacement for oil on all the rotating parts (yes, your wheel needs oil, put it on every part that moves, unless it has sealed bearings, and even then you still need oil for the flyer shaft).
You can buy the polish below, or head over to the shop and take a look around and see if there are any other goodies to keep it company...