Beeswax

Chemical Composition and Formation Process

Beeswax beads are manmade materials composed of natural beeswax and resin. The chemical composition includes esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. The process of creating these beads involves melting beeswax and resin together, then pouring the mixture into moulds or forming it into shapes by hand. Then, the material cools and hardens, creating swirly patterns.

Names and Alternative Names

Alternative names include “Wax Beads”, “Old Honey Wax”, “Honey Wax Amber”, “Burmese Amber Wax”, “Root Honey Demon Flower Cave”;
The word “electricity” itself has its origins in the Greek word “elektron,” which refers to amber.

Mythology and Legends

Ancient Egyptians used beeswax to mummify and craft amulets. In European folklore, beeswax candles ward off evil spirits and bring protection. Native American cultures utilized beeswax for making artifacts and as a healing agent in traditional medicine.

Electric Cosmology

Honey wax amber, also known simply as amber, has a captivating property related to static electricity. When rubbing otr heating amber, it becomes charged due to the transfer of electrons between its surface and the rubbing material (e.g., cloth). This phenomenon is called triboelectric charging.

Beeswax is associated with the earth element due to its natural origin and connection to bees.
When bees fly through the air, they collide with charged particles, such as dust or small molecules. These collisions cause electrons to be torn away from the bee’s outer shell (cuticle), resulting in a positive charge on the bee’s body.
Bees return to the hive with this positive charge and, as they walk or dance about, they emit electric fields. These fields play a crucial role in communication within the hive.
The static electric charge on bees significantly enhances their pollen collecting efficiency. Flowers, on the other hand, are negatively charged, which helps pollen stick to bees through static electricity.
Swarming bees can even produce as much atmospheric electricity as a thunderstorm! Their tiny bodies accumulate positive charge while foraging, either from air friction against their rapidly beating wings or by landing on electrically charged surfaces. This phenomenon affects weather patterns!

Mining, Production and Use

Historically, beeswax was harvested from beehives and used in a variety of applications, including candle making, waterproofing, and as a component in medicinal ointments. Today, beeswax is still collected from hives, often combined with resin to create beads and other decorative items. The mixture is melted, shaped, and cooled to form the final product. Beeswax beads are popular in artisanal jewelry for their unique appearance and texture.

Beeswax


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