How to draw a Queen Honey Bee with Pyrography Art, Wood Burning BeeHive

How to draw a Queen Honey Bee with Pyrography Art, Wood Burning BeeHive


okay so today we’re gonna do another
pyrography image on a mann lake box I’ve got my boxes together and my last one is
still disassembled and that’s a perfect time to do something on the end we’ve
got some bee suits here for my grandson little tiny one and we’re collecting
things of course for spring we still have snow I invested in this little fan
that will take the smoke away from my face and eyes while I’m doing pyrography
I highly recommend one of those and we have a lot of different burning tips
here which are from razor tip and in this project we’re only going to use
three of them now this is the end of a brood box so I thought it would be cool
to put a queen honeybee on it so I looked at be culture magazine here and I
thought I would show you my reference sheet again if you don’t have this
magazine it might be good to subscribe to if you’re into bees there’s the Queen right
there on this a closer look basic honeybee biology book that they’re
selling here through the magazine but I thought I would reference this image
right here for my bee box and keep it handy the whole time of course you can
get sheets from coloring books or anything you want to trace out onto your
wooden wear that you’re gonna do your pyrography on I do a pencil sketch and
then I copy it with graphite here and then you can use a pen to transfer the
graphite lines to your box try to make it a little bit dramatic maybe even
exaggerate some of the angles and bends and contours because you want to make
something striking that’s gonna be out in the weather in your apiary which is
the case with this box so again close like queen bee and I figured that’s
appropriate again for a brood box where she’s gonna be laying most of her eggs
now mann Lake doesn’t care about the project I’m doing I have nothing to do
with them but I did buy the box there from them so I thought I’d give them a
shout out here I get nothing for referencing them so now we’re going to
turn this Opolar USB charged fan it’s totally quiet and it’s better
don’t blow it straight on your work it cools down the tips
away so it draws there away in across your work razor tip again here’s my
power pack and we’re starting with the ball tip I’m gonna kick that on we’re a
little over a six here on the dial and we’re gonna go right in like I always do
and start off with the eyes they’re gonna be the darkest part we can talk to
I suppose a little bit about the role of the Queen honeybee and if you don’t
already know there is generally one queen per colony in a hive sometimes
there are sister Queens that are attending to the same hive and laying eggs in the same colony but it’s rare generally there’s just one and every
worker bee in that colony comes from that queen so I think it’s appropriate
to put her here on the box and I made it nice and big so that it’ll be kind of
dramatic and we want lots of contrast again that’s going to be outside this
one I’m not going to color I’m just gonna clearcoat this with a few layers
before we go outside and I’ve spent a good part of the early part of 2018 here
gluing up and finishing boxes that are gonna go out in the apiary so this year
we’re gonna have a lot of wood burning and images on the sides of the boxes
that are kind of fun to look at better than just painting the boxes which is
what I used to do now we’re putting pyrography images on them and then we’re
going to just clear coat them and see how they’re weather so again when we get
to that we’re working on the four limbs here generally do an outline and then I
work in from the edges and leave just the highlight areas so you might want to
again be kind of dramatic you don’t have to be realistic you can just make it
high contrast like what we’re doing here and any areas that you don’t touch with
the burner of course they’re left as the highlights and we know that some of
these limbs are actually pretty flat and they’re really not tube shaped but
– I like to exaggerate the contours a little bit because it makes it kind of
stand out on the box and the box were working on here is pine and it’s the
middle grade of pine that mann lake provides again they’re not sponsoring me
they did not give me a discount I just bought them like everyone else and here
on the antenna I’m just kind of pushing in stable dots which from a distance it
will look like those are the segments of the antenna here you can on the right
fore limb we’re just gonna leave some highlights there and darken the rest and
we bring it up of course that’s attached to the thorax of the Queen which is nice
and round generally and the Queen thorax is often pretty void of hairs sometimes
they’re just really shiny and dark and then we go to these little segments here
on the very delicate ends of the forearms and they almost look like
little hearts at the end and then there of course the hook so the Queen uses to
hang onto things now we’ll just start to build up for the neck area and darken it
just little circular patterns and we’ll start to work up the shape of the head
now I know that the bees have five eyes the two large prominent compound eyes on
either side and then there are generally three in between I know there’s only two
here Illustrated but again we’re not trying to overdo the accuracy just
trying to indicate that there is something else there and the asila I
believe they’re called is what they use to really pick out
contrast and light and dark and you’ll see them tipping their head side to side
as they they see and discriminate better the physical position of things that
they’re flying towards and a little light spot there right between the head
and the thorax there sometimes you see this neck tissue as they tip their head
forward even that worker bees have that and so I decided I would just leave that
in there there’s also when you look at the wing muscles that are on either side
there’s always this u-shape that follows underneath
we’re the wing muscles aren’t where the wings are attached and so that’s gonna
be a prominent it’s kind of a dark area again we’re just gonna really gradually
work up starting from dark to light until we indicate the physical form of
this part of the queen bee and again when I go over some of that raised wood
grain there you’ll notice that the sap rises up and sizzles a little bit
there so again you just keep going and look at the smoke rolling off being
drawn away by that fan the last time I did one of these smoke went right up
into my eyes and I really had to get something to remove the smoke from the
project so that it wouldn’t blow up in my face and I also kind of got tired of
sniffing the fumes from cedar and pine the next project I’ll be doing after
this one of course is going to be on the new flow hive and the flow hive 2 and
I’ll be decorating that box before I put a seal around it and put that out in the
apiary so if you’re interested in that also I’ll be working more with Queens
this year and we’ll be demonstrating how to make new Queens in your apiary and
how to set up new colonies of bees people have asked me to show more of the
basic practices in the backyard apiary so we’re gonna do that and of course
this is the right fore limb now we’re looking at the abdomen of the Queen remember
that the abdomen is really large on a queen and that’s because she’s carrying
all of her eggs in there and you really want to see a nice large heavy looking
queen she’ll be laying a lot of eggs after she’s done her maiden flight and
mates with around eleven different drones she’ll come back to the colony
with fertile eggs and enough to last her a lifetime which is generally several
years now we’re gonna switch to this knife blade design and we’re gonna use
this to establish or indicate hairs on the legs and abdomen and thorax and of
course the head of this bee so again this is a part where it’s gonna
take a lot of time I’m just gonna demonstrate the technique really quickly
here and of course not make you sit and watch me do every hair on this P but
Queens workers and drones of course are covered head-to-toe in these fine hairs
and it’s just up to you how much time you’re gonna spend developing that
remember in this case anyway it’s just gonna be outside on the weather
I’m sure this box is gonna turn gray I’m sure this Bee is gonna fade but because it
is burned wood it should last quite a long time much better than just paint
and look at you can see the grain of the wood here and how it went through the
legs here and kind of left a striping effect and that’s because the heat burns
the wood easily and the light-colored areas but where the growth rings are it
does not burn it so readily so it leaves those areas lighter I think that’s an
interesting pattern not a pattern you’d actually find on a bee but I think it’s
interesting so I’m going to leave it and now I’m going to a shading spoon this is
a flat one I have others that are dished out and there’s somewhat convex I prefer
the flat one and this is where we’re really going to build up the contrast
even more and just work the shading right over all the air lines that we’ve
put on the beam you can see I’ve done most of that work now and we’ve got nice
hairy legs for the Queen and we’re just gonna darken things up here and don’t
forget that when you’re looking through the wings that it’s somewhat translucent
so you leave those areas lighter and then now once you’re satisfied with how
how much darkness and how much shade you’ve put into it don’t forget to leave
it alone you can very easily overwork and burn too much on one of these
projects so you kind of need to get the forms down to the shadowing in there and
then learn to put your tools down and just let it go again remember you know
you’re just you’re just burning wood that’s on a bee box it’s going to be out
in the bee yard and it will be interesting for people that look at your
bee hives because these will be unique and it does
indent into the wood quite a bit so I think it’s interesting you know as I
said in the past I just painted the boxes now I’m doing pyrography and
putting little custom details on them and it’s gonna be interesting to see how
it goes outside so if you’re doing this it’d be cool to see and hear about what
you’re doing if you’ve got a pyrography project and you want others
to look at it feel free to put a link down in the comment section I’ll put a
links in the description to the things that are used here and of course when
you finish your work they don’t forget to sign it and I do highly recommend
that you have a fan when you’re doing this I can’t believe I worked without
one for these past three or four projects and then just put the date on
it and that will help you know when you set these boxes out in your bee yard too
so it’s practical and I appreciate you watching this project

12 thoughts on “How to draw a Queen Honey Bee with Pyrography Art, Wood Burning BeeHive

  1. I'm a new beekeeper. I'll be getting my bees sometime next month (It depends on the weather here in South Carolina). You've inspired me to start some pyrography projects with my brood boxes. Its going well but I don't know what to use to seal them now. What do you use? I stained the supers but I want a different look for the brood boxes that I've burned. Thanks again for these videos. My boxes are turning out great.

  2. Roughly how often should you extract honey from your bees if you want to get a decently sized yield without at all hindering their honey stores? On top of that, if your combs are fully capped, how much honey is appropriate to take mid-summer?

  3. Add the word; Art or Artwork to the title. it will garner more views and introduce lots of people to beekeeping.

  4. If I could draw like that I'd give up half my hobbies and go hang out down at the arts N crafts fair selling my work. That was awesome.

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