Andrew Thornton Challenge – To Bee or Not To Bee – Beadsophisticate

Sweet Honey bead blend

Sweet Honey bead blend

I couldn’t resist the title, not that I tried very hard to do so. You’ll see why in a minute.

This month’s Allegory Gallery challenge by Andrew Thornton is a honey of kit, appropriately entitled “Sweet Honey”. As usual, the kit was packed full of goodies.

Sweet Honey kit

Sweet Honey kit

The mystery component is always a pendant handmade by Andrew and always fits the theme, but this time he outdid himself. The pendant looks just like a honeycomb, or what I imagine a honeycomb looks like. It’s not as if I’ve ever got close enough to a beehive to see one. I’m allergic to bee stings, and consequently afraid of bees. But I digress.

I used the seed beads that came with the kit to whip up some flower beads and strung them with some of the other beads in the kit to make a necklace for the pendant. Then I made a bee out of polymer clay and painted it. There is serendipity involved, because I was riding home on the Metro after work the day I was planning to paint it and thinking I would need to find an image on the internet. I turned the page of my newspaper, and there was an article on the honeybee, complete with a color picture!

So I painted my bee and perched it on the pendant. But then I was shaken with doubt. Does it look better with it or without it?

Sweet Honey necklace with bee

Sweet Honey necklace with bee

Sweet Honey necklace without bee

Sweet Honey necklace without bee

Here are closeups of the pendant portion, with and without bee.

Pendant with bee

Pendant with bee

Pendant, no bee

Pendant, no bee

To bee or not to bee? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Here are the links to the other participants in the challenge:

Alison Herrington
Shaiha Williams
Ann Schroeder
Christina Hickman
Dolores Raml
Cheri Reed
Sarajo Wentling
Karin Grosset Grange
Gloria Allen
Andrew Thornton, Kate Enniss-Reid, and Sandi Bass
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15 Responses to Andrew Thornton Challenge – To Bee or Not To Bee – Beadsophisticate

  1. Cat says:

    I love the little bee and think it’s the perfect touch.

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  2. Belinda says:

    I love it with the bee! You did such a wonderful job with your seed bead flowers! The whole necklace is scrumptious! ;D

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    • beadsophisticate says:

      Thank you, Belinda. I love seed beads but don’t have a lot of time, so I’m always looking for quick ways to include them. These flowers don’t take long to whip up.

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  3. I like the pendant without the bee, but why not use the bee as part of the necklace. Put it on the right side of the chain approximately 1/2 between the pendant and the looped/flower bead. Gorgeous necklace!!

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  4. Karin says:

    Fantastic necklace, I love it with the bee! Your flowers and the bee are just perfect together.

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  6. beadlove says:

    Beautiful necklace, and I like it with the bee. It looks so lush and full of nature with that extra dimension.

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  7. Sarajo Wentling says:

    What a smart idea to make beaded flowers! Love them! I think your bee looks amazing, but I think he covers up too much of the pendant. Just my two cents though… you could totally go either way!

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  8. My vote is with the Bee! He is so pretty, it almost seems a shame to exclude him.

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  9. craftyd says:

    Love it with the bee too, love your seed bead flower too.

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  10. Great idea to make seed bead flowers! How pretty! The bee is beautiful and you should showcase it with Andrew’s pendant!

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  11. gloria allen says:

    Love the flowers and with the bee adds that little something you didn’t even know you needed.

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  12. What a sweet piece! It has a delicate sensibility, but is vibrant and bold! I like it with the bee! It’s a nice little touch and you did such a good job making it! Thanks so much for participating!

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