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Using Soy Wax to save Bees!

Using Soy Wax to make Batik

September 28, 2012

 

This summer has been fun, I have learned many random facts, for example field mice hate chewing gum but really like digestive bisects, slugs move faster on expensive watercolour paper than they do on cheap cartridge, wasps are deeply attracted to red rather than green and I miss the gentle buzz of honey bees.

There are some sounds that remind you of home, for me it is the roar of DC10’s as they descend through the clouds on a warm August evening, the chorus of a hundred mowers cutting the neighborhood lawns and the buzz of bees.  What has happened to the bees?

Honey bee

After a bit of research I have found that many people have noticed the decrease in bees in fact it is a much worried about trend.  Some report bee populations falling by as much as %15 over the past two years.
 Reasons for this dramatic decrease in the bee population vary from the increased use of pesticides, wacky weather, nasty foreign bees, baby bee eating parasites and even depressed factory farmed bees. I am worried that I might be contributing to the disaster by using bees wax to make batik. og here.

 

I have decided to try soy wax, a wax made from soy beans.

I am in debt to

Dorothy Bowen

  http://www.db-bowen.com/soywax/soywax.htm

Dorothy has been working with soy wax as an alternative resist on silk since 2002. Advantages

are that the fumes are not toxic, melting point is lower, and the wax can be washed

out with warm water and synthrapol.

Taken from her paper given at the Kula Lumpur International Batik Convention in 2011

http://www.expomal.com/klib/2011/index.html


 I wonder if any of you have tried 'Soya Wax' I would be delighted to hear your experiences.


Watch this space for my results

Sandy Infield


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