How to Seal Bassoon Reeds with Beeswax ~The easy-no-hassle-worry-free KassandraBassoon Method~
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I've been using beeswax for a while now, and I have not found anything to complain about yet! My favorite perks from using beeswax are:
1. It is nontoxic, environmentally friendly, and sustainable! Do you really need a better reason to switch to beeswax? Our reeds get soaked in water, and then go in our mouth (a mucous membrane) for hours and hours. Shouldn't we only put food safe materials in there? Especially for kids! In short, if there was anything dangerous in the environment that the bees were living in, it would have killed the bees before they could produce the wax.
2. The low price! On average, 1oz of beeswax costs under a dollar. Compare this to Duco Cement and other 1oz tubes of glue for about $6.00. If you have a local beekeeper, you can buy 1lb bricks easily!
3. It's easy to apply and cools quickly, making it ready to play sooner! You can also color the wax with an organic dye! Have an older reed that need freshening up? Just give it a quick dunk!
Won't beeswax melt if it gets warm in my case? Nope! Beeswax will melt around 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If your case or reeds get that hot you have other problems to worry about!
Beeswax isn't strong enough for my reeds. I have found the cooled was on my reeds to be very stiff with the addition of cotton thread to absorb the wax. I also have not experienced flaking, chipping, or loosening.
Beeswax takes too long and is too difficult to apply! With my method, I have been able to apply beeswax to large batches of reeds just as fast if not faster than applying glue to the thread. You can even get all the tools on my Amazon Idea List! See the video below to find out how!
What is the different between yellow and white beeswax? The only difference is how the wax was filtered. White beeswax is turned white after undergoing a pressure-filtration process, while yellow beeswax is less processed.
How can I melt beeswax? As long as you don't have direct contact to a heat source or open flame you have many options. The safest will always be anything made from stainless steal though. - Wax seal kits for letters - Electric wax melt warmers - Double boiler method - Hot glue skillets - Wax melting pitcher - Craft heat gun (Or even a very hot hair dryer!)
How to Seal Bassoon Reeds with Beeswax - EASY & FAST
Here is my older video for beeswax application. It still works fine, but I have made some improvements in my newest video.