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Bee propolis for glue

Posted by Mossonarock (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 13, 14 at 10:15

I have a very specific application that I am considering using bee propolis for. I have been looking but haven't found much info about using bee propolis as a glue. Can bee propolis be softened up and molded by heating it like violin rosin can be? I play violin and every now and then I break my rosin and have to melt it down and pour it into a mold to reform it. I wonder if bee propolis can be handled in a similar manner.

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RE: Bee propolis for glue

Yes, bee propolis can be softened up and molded by heating it like violin rosin can be.
In fact, "Stradivarius used propolis resin (two parts propolis, five parts linseed oil) as a varnish to protect his violins, which eventually gave his instruments their distinctive mellow timbre." (source: Honey Nature's Golden Healer by Gloria Havenhand p. 118)

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