For the Love of Bees
A portion of our proceeds go to support the following:
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2)
UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Hermelin Brain Tumor Center
“We cast natural found objects—including honeybees—in Sterling Silver to create beautiful, unique pieces of jewelry.”
Chris Hippler, Principal Designer
THE BUZZ ABOUT OUR JEWELRY
Q: Is your jewelry made from real bees?
A: Yes. We repurpose dead bees and cast them in sterling silver.
Q. How do you do that?
A: We add a twist to the ancient art of lost wax casting. We dip bees in liquified wax. Then we paint their wings with a lighter wax and spread them apart for a realistic look of the honeybee in flight. After we cast, we make molds, then finish them to a brilliant shine.
Q: Where do you get the bees?
A: Honeybees are supplied by local beekeepers who belong to Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers (A2B2). Their apiary is on the grounds of the University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
The bumblebees that we cast, are from a local biological systems company that breeds bumblebees for the pollination of crops in the commercial agricultural industry.