Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sweet Honey

Since Andrew Thornton started up his monthly challenge kits again through his wonderful store, Allegory Gallery,  I've only managed to play along once until now.  I've had bees on the brain lately so I couldn't pass up his Sweet Honey kit!  I'm fascinated by these amazing little insects and a sucker for the delicious honey they make.

Here's the bulk of what each participant got to play with...  What's missing is the AMAZING mystery component that Andrew made.

In addition to the challenge kit, I also recently bought some lovely polymer clay honey bee beads from Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  I knew I had to play with some of those for this challenge.  I'd also been playing with some riveted and letter stamped pieces with a bee theme, so I had lots of things to choose from when I sat down to start creating!

The very first thing that I made combined some of the amber colored glass cube beads with an earring charm pair from Heather.  I also added in some coated hematite from Dakota Stones.

Next up was a bracelet using ideas and techniques that I pulled together from a class and a tutorial from Erin Siegel.  You can see the free tutorial that inspired me HERE.  I used a lot more from the design kit this time... I added the brown waxed linen, some extra seed beads, and a new TierraCast button that's supposed to be a flower, but it has a honeycomb feel to it.

I decided to make a second bracelet and try my hand at memory wire for the first time.  I figured it would be a good use of a lot of items from the luxury bead mix and some of the seed beads that were in the kit.  I used some Vintaj/Ranger black paint to "antique" the little bee hive and tiny bee charms that were included.  I liked the effect which make them a little less shiny.

I couldn't end things without doing at lest one necklace!  I made the pendant with a copper blank and bee connector from Vintaj... and my newest letter stamping set.  The teardrop shaped glass bead was one of the first things that caught my eye when I started digging into my kit when it arrived.  I picked out a few more glass beads to wire wrap and put everything together with a mix of brass and copper.

For an added bonus, here's the other bee bracelet that I made... not from the design kit, but along the same themes.  I had such fun stamping the copper bracelet blank and riveting that little honey bee onto it!  I added in some faceted yellow jade coins and a little citrine dangle at the clasp.

I hope you've enjoyed my little tribute to the honey bee... I had such fun making these pieces, all of which are currently available at Unearthed Arts in Waconia.  I've got several other designs using this kit in various stages of planning but just ran out of creation time.

I hope you'll check out the links below to see what everyone else made with this delicious design kit!

Sarajo Wentling (you are here)


  1. What a great collection! All your pieces are so sweet, and I love the stamping you used in your necklace and bracelet.

  2. I love all your pieces including the bonus piece. I agree that TierraCast button is very much like a honey comb. I especially like the Queen Bee pendant you made. It's just perfect with that lovely drop from the kit.

  3. I love your collection! My favorite has to be the "I work hard for the Honey" bracelet.

  4. The Queen Bee with the drop of honey is my favorite! Your wires skills are perfection! Great idea to antique the hive and bee, it worked out bee-utifuly! And I always love any multisstrand linen bracelet!

  5. Gorgeous pieces, love how you antiqued the shiny metal too.

  6. Luv your collection, the Bracelet is my Favorite.

  7. So much to love in this post, Sarajo!! Such a lovely variety in your tribute to the bees. And had a nice laugh at your stamped bracelet bar sentiment!

  8. Golly Miss Molly! You've been one busy bee! All of your pieces are simply wonderful! The earrings are whimsical and fanciful! The next bracelet is just a confection! I love all the textures and the rich opulence of the multi-strands! The same goes with the memory wire bracelet! It looks so full and juicy! And the necklace is fit for a queen! I love the vintage vibe. And the bracelet is so fun! Now that song "She works hard for the money" by Donna Summers is going to get stuck in my head! Thanks so much for participating and sharing your talents!