Great post, lovely project! So what happened that it was so sudden- you just checked the hive and discovered W-A-A-Y more honey than you expected?
Here is my answer to the vegetarian issue. When you harvest, most people use an "escape" which is a device that lets the bees out, but not back in, from that particular honey super (the wooden box). So they fly or crawl out, and then can't get back in to that section- you leave the escape in place for a day or so, then pull the honey and comb out, fairly bee-free. Beekeepers use a "bee brush" to gently brush off stragglers. I also use a brush to get them off edges and covers when I am reassembling my hive after getting in to take a look around. I don't think smoking them harms them at all. That said- there are often, despite my best efforts, a small number of casualties. I may acidentally smoosh someone, or get one too covered in honey when I am checking a frame. More experienced beekeepers may be able to avoid this, but I can't imagine anyone can guarantee that their beekeeping is totally 100% free of injury or casualty to all bees. In the aggregate, though, I feel they live pretty excellent lives and that it is a pretty humane business. I feel terrible about the bees that I kill, but I also know that far more probably get snatched by birds in a given day...and bees carry all their deceased sisters out the front of the hive, where they also get eaten up by critters. Human management of bees comes with so many benefits to the environement that it seems worth it to me- and there is almost no waste in beekeeping, as this post shows so excellently!
I got my shrinkies from Chelsea K! First up, this very cool bike bag. The perfect size to hold a knitting project, or maybe a bunch of sharpies?!
And a close up of the bike wheel ties...
A whole slew of cute things...the bracelet has rolled beads, with this neat background...how did you do that, Chelsea?
I love this little tag necklace- I am wearing it right now. Very cute! I am thinking these are punches?
A very cool woodgrain ring...this makes me really want to try rings soon. It looks great and is very comfy.
And of course I got a cool owl...i love his little perch!
These have me a little stumped- what are these, exactly? Once I know, I am sure it will be clear as can be...the cutting is very impressive for a shrinky.
And last, but very, very definitely not least...an awesome portrait of my little girl sleeping. I LOVE THIS! The detail and shading is very well done- please tell us how you did this! The blacks and grays are really well done. It is her first birthday tomorrow, and this is a wonderful keepsake.
This was an awesome job for a first time swapper! Thanks Chelsea!
Project saved! It turns out it was too humid to be spraying krylon, which led to a really cloudy finish. I have no idea how humid is too humid, but clearly it had an impact. I popped it in the still-cooling oven and I think it was dry enough in there, and for some reason a second coat over the cleared cloudy coat REALLY did the trick. So new lesson: don't spray on a humid day, and don't panic when it looks cloudy. I had just sprayed some other pieces that did not do that....go figure. So I stand by Krylon, and I have to say it really improves the surface of shrinks, even those with NO sharpie. Makes them look way more finished and gets rid of all those teensy dents, pits, scratches, etc that tends to turn up on shrink plastic.
So I traced, colored, and cut for an hour and a half, and the shrinking went perfect, but the smooth side had some texture to it when I got it out of the toaster for some reason. I decided to use krylon clear glaze to smooth it out, which I often do- but apparently only on shrinks that have sharpie on the smooth side. This was all pencil on the rough side, and I guess there is just too much depth to it, because the krylon totally washed out and faded my details. I am letting it dry overnight in case it is salvagable, but given how it looks right now, I am thinking maybe not. It was super cute but I don't think I stand to do it over again... Fortunately I have three good items already, and I still have time to come up with something new. So sad at the moment, though! So the lesson: don't coat or glaze shrinks unless they have sharpie detail on the front!
I thought I was almost done, but there are two more items I want to try...can't stop shrinking! Help! I will get my shrinks done this weekend, finish the pieces next week, and should be in good shape to send on time. This has been just the right amount of crafting in the right amount of time for me...
re: that bowl shape- I keep a piece of paper, folded over several times, nearby and as soon as I pull the shrinks out, I put the paper over them and flatten them out with my fingers- the paper prevents finger prints (and burns!) You have to work fast, but it gets everything pretty flat.