Australian native stingless bees wax is the wax the bees make for their hive building purposes. Indigenous Australians collected it from nests and used it for all kinds of traditional tool production including didgeridoo mouthpieces.
The wax is susceptible to heat. Placed in warm water will soften the wax and make the wax easier to manipulate. The wax needs to protect from heat after placement onto the didgeridoo .I use glad wrap and keep my didgeridoos of the sun and heat. The wax will harden with age.
Our wax harvested sustainably from our native bees kept in artificial wooden hives. The colony is not harmed.
Sugarbag wax is not pure wax but a mixture of wax and propolis. Technically it’s called cerumen. Wax is from glands on the bee’s body and is a yellow soft material. Propolis is produced by plants and is dark sticky stuff that hardens with age. The bees collect propolis from plants, take it back to the nest, mix it with wax and use it to make their nest.
- Block of Sugarbag wax (25 g, enough for at least one, up to 4, mouthpieces) $8
(plus postage and handling: $6 for Australia).
- Bulk purchase: $200 per kilogram (plus postage and handling: $12 for Australia).