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It’s time to work on the bees!  After making three bees whose legs ended up being too short to attach to the necklace, I decided to incorporate them into the painting instead.  That meant more for the necklace needed to be made as well as a bunch more for the painting.  Here’s some progress shots for the bees…

After they were baked and painted, the tricky process of attaching them began.  Drilling into polymer clay is easy to do as long as you enlarge the hole slowly so the baked clay doesn’t crack.

And here’s the finished piece along with the necklace that inspired it.  Honeybees are amazing creatures-hard workers, communicators, community defenders, and inspirations as well.  Enjoy!

Hexagons and Honeybees-acrylic-24" x 24" © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Hexagons and Honeybees-acrylic-24″ x 24″
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Hexagons and Honeybees-closeup © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Hexagons and Honeybees-closeup
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Hexagons and Honeybees necklace © 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Hexagons and Honeybees necklace
© 2015 Karen A. Johnson

Come see this piece along with over 100 more beautiful, nature-inspired artworks at the Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit being held at the Morton Arboretum on November 7-8, 2015 from 10-4 pm.  There will also be an artists’ reception on Friday night, November 6, from 5-9 pm.

Hope to see you there!

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