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Sugarbag » Wax

Wax

The authentic didgeridoo mouthpiece

What is it?

Sugarbag wax is the nest-building material of Australian native stingless bees. Aboriginal people collected it from nests and used it for all kinds of traditional purposes including didgeridoo mouthpieces.

How do you use it?

Don’t ask me; you’re the didgeridoo expert; I just collect the stuff! But here’s a tip: it softens with heat, so drop it in warm water, put it in the sun, or whatever, and then you should be able to work it easily into the shape you desire. Another tip: it hardens with age (but it never really sets and can melt on a very hot day so don’t leave it in you car in the sun on a hot day or your mouthpiece will transform itself to a horrible sticky mess on your carpet). But here’s the best tip of all, when handling it, wet your hands, it will make the job a lot easier.

  1. A 25 g block of sugarbag beeswax
  2. Working the beeswax
  3. Rolling it out is easy
  4. Connect the ends to form a ring


Stick it to your didj for a fair dinkum mouthpiece

Where do we get it?

We harvest the wax sustainably from native bees in artificial wooden hives. The colony is not harmed. Only small amounts of wax are produced, about 200g per hive per year.

To Get Technical

Sugarbag wax is not pure wax but a mixture of wax and propolis. Technically it’s called cerumen. Wax is from glands on the bee’s body and is a yellow soft material. Propolis is produced by plants and is dark sticky stuff that hardens with age. The bees collect propolis from plants, take it back to the nest, mix it with wax and use it to make their nest.

Sugarbag wax Prices

  • Block of Sugarbag wax (25 g, enough for at least one, up to 4, mouthpieces) $8
    (plus postage and handling: $6 for Australia).
  • Bulk purchase: $200 per kilogram (plus postage and handling: $12 for Australia).

For overseas customers, please contact me for a postage price.

** All prices in Australian dollars **

To place an order contact me.