Friday, 18 November 2011

Queen Bee Necklace

It would appear that I may have become a little obsessed with shiny silver bees. Having made my mini-bees into things, I also decided what my big bee needed was a tiny crown. Thus making her into a Queen Bee, see?

Check her out!

That’s pretty cute, right? Look at her little face!

So, I’ve now got my silver bumble bees available in baby bee, large bee and queen bee necklaces, bracelets and earrings, hurrah! They’re all now buzzing about on my website here, just waiting for you to admire them (especially the queen, she’s a bit of a show-off that one...)

Am Still Baking Genius By the Way...

So, for all of you that said about my marvellous bread maker "Oh, you'll never use it/it'll just sit in the cupboard/you'll get bored/blah blah blah", all I can say is....

.... behold my loaf!

It's an apple and cider loaf, hence the arty placement of some apples and cider bottle in shot (yes, I've been playing with my camera...). The recipe came from a really cool book called the Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Jennie Shapter. I've made a few from there now, but my favourites so far have been an ale and grain mustard one, and a rye and seed loaf.

So go, buy it. Bake bread. It's great!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Silver Baby Bees!

Having got far too excited about my little silver bumblebee necklace, I decided it needed a little baby bee companion so I could make earrings too. I mean, I could have made earrings out of the first bee but she is, to be honest, a little bit of a fatty (but shhhhhh, don’t tell her I said that...) and thus too heavy for ear dangling.

So, back to the wax carving, hurrah! The carving bit is actually kind of therapeutic and I again managed to lose a whole weekend happily pottering about with my pointy dental tools and bits of wax.

I didn’t take any work in progress pictures this time, as I followed basically the same process as last time, only smaller. Trying to get the detail on the wings of this one made my eyes go a bit squiffy though.

So without further ado, here is my mini bee in silver.

And a small herd of bees...

Some earrings...

And a bracelet.

I think my silver bees may be my new favourite thing that I’ve made - the big bee necklace has even taken over from my shiny skate as the piece of jewellery I wear most days.

My bees are now up for sale on my website, so I hope you guys think they’re as cute as I do!