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WAX FOR SHOW
I have been asked ‘What is the use of a class for a plainly moulded cake of wax weighing a certain amount?’ The truthful reply is ‘None’. However, for the exhibitor there is no doubt that the production of a perfect cake of wax is a real challenge to his/her skill. In honey classes care and cleanliness are the main considerations but whilst these are of importance in the wax class, without skill, success will not be obtained. It has been said that an exhibitor who gains an award for wax deserves a gold medal as large as a frying pan. After this introduction let us consider the production of a cake of show wax. There are two things which must always be remembered. Never allow wax to be heated above 90 °C (194 °F). Never allow molten wax to come into contact with water other than soft. Distilled water, clean rain water and condensation water collected when the refrigerator is defrosted are all sources of soft water. On no account use rain water from an asbestos tiled roof.