This adorable little bumble bee is handmade lampwork glass on acrylic plastic rods, a bit of fun for any garden or plant pot. Would make a great gift for any garden or plant enthusiast! Perfect for decorating your garden or plant pots, for outdoors or in.
My lampwork artisan glass items are handmade by myself, Darrelle in my cosy little studio in South Devon, UK. Each one is made individually and shaped by hand so each one can be a little different giving them character.
Approximate Size: The bee is 2-2.5cm long by 1.5-2cm high. Comes on a 25cm long clear acrylic plastic rod. Quantity: 1 Bumble Bee plant stake Rods lengths: 20cm, 25cm or 30cm. To pick from clear, clear with bubbles or transparent green rods
How it's made: The glass is melted until molten using a 1700° flame from a dual fuel torch. When the glass is hot and melted it acts like honey, the hotter it is the more it moves and drips. So, when the glass is acting like set honey, I can start wrapping it around stainless-steel rod and then its formed using both gravity and tools. Once it is complete it’s put into a kiln for several hours to bake then cooled down slowly, this is how the glass is hardened to make it durable. When the glass is cooled, it's taken off the stainless-steel rod and cleaned. Using strong glue, the acrylic plastic rod is attached.
If you would like to see a video of how the bees are made see here. To see more about how it's made or to follow for my latest glass creations! Instagram & Facebook @ellesglass