A pure natural wax used in many recipes, it can be utilised as a medium in oil paints in small amounts, especially to make buttery paints for dense colours such as Flake White.
Beeswax melts at about 63° and is soluble cold in turpentine or white spirits.
It is also used as a matting agent in varnishes (also in small amounts).
Beeswax is heat-sensitive and is used for making encaustic paints. As a binder, it has a good stabilising effect, especially if the works are stored in favourable conditions.