Friday, August 1, 2008

Honey Bear Candle Holder

Prep Step
Transfer the outline patterns to the appropriate wood. Cut the bear and the base from 3/4" pine. Cut six bees, the bee hive, and the bear's arms from 1/4" baltic birch plywood.

Drill tiny holes in the shoulders, tops of arms, bees, and the stand. Refer to the pattern packet for placement.

Slightly round the edges of all pieces, using a belt or hand sander. Sand smooth with 100 then 220-grit sandpaper, and dust off. Transfer main pattern outlines. Transfer details later as needed. Note: After basecoating each piece, let dry and sand lightly.

Honey Bear
Base the bear's face, hands, and feet Sable Brown. Base his shirt, sleeves, and the edge of the base Camel. Base his overalls French Grey Blue and the cuffs Lt. French Blue.

Base the muzzle and the inner ear Mink Tan. Blush the cheeks with Delane's cheek color.

Dot the eyes, paint the nose, mouth and eyebrows with Lamp (Ebony) Black. Let dry. Shade the face, ears, hands, and feet with Burnt Umber.

Stencil "wools" design on shirt and sleeves with Honey Brown. Shade the shirt and sleeves with Honey Brown.

Line and shade the overalls with Uniform Blue. Shade the cuffs with French Grey Blue and highlight with Buttermilk.

Bees, Beehive, & Stand
Base the beehive Honey Brown and the bee bodies True Ochre. Base the top of the stand and the bee wings Buttermilk.

Base the bee heads Lamp (Ebony) Black. Shade and line the beehive with Milk Chocolate. Add a few lines of Camel for highlights. The beehive door is Lamp (Ebony) Black.

Shade the bee bodies with Honey Brown. Use a #2 flat to paint Lamp (Ebony) Black stripes on their bodies. Dot the bee eyes with Buttermilk. Use a #.005 Sakura Pigma Micron permanent black pen to add the stitches on the wings.

Let all pieces dry completely and sand the edges lightly.

Antiquing Instructions
You can use your own favorite antiquing medium, or try Myra's Paste Wax method: Mix 1/2 cup wax with 1/4 teaspoon each Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna oil paint. Apply mixture with a sponge brush to all pieces. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Let dry for 15 minutes and buff with a clean, dry cloth.

Deepen antiquing around edges with a cloth dipped in Burnt Umber oil paint. Wipe nearly dry on paper towel. Rub gently around edges to darken. Use a clean cloth to blend into lighter areas.

Use a spatter brush or an old toothbrush to spatter first with Light Buttermilk, then with Lamp (Ebony) Black. Avoid spattering the bear's face.

Glue the bee hive to the bear and attach the bear's arms to his body with 19-gauge wire.

Tie a bow from blue plaid scrap fabric and glue to the bear. Attach the bear to the stand with glue and a 3/4" drywall screw.

Cut twelve pieces of 19-gauge wire, 1/2" long. Bend and glue in place to make bee antenna. Cut various lengths of 19-gauge wire. Curlicue wire, attach bees, and glue wire into holes in stand.

Place a tin tray on the stand behind the bear, add a beeswax candle, and let the candle light warm up your evening!



DecoArt Americana

Burnt Umber



Delane's Cheek Color

French Grey Blue

Honey Brown

Lamp (Ebony) Black

Lt. French Blue

Milk Chocolate

Mink Tan

Sable Brown

True Ochre

Uniform Blue


Loew Cornell All American Painter

Series 4350-#10/0 liner

Series 4300-#2, #8, #12, flats

Series 4550-3/4" flat

#4 scruffy flat

1/4", 1/2" stencil brushes


18" x 12" x 3/4" pine

12" x 6" x 1/4" baltic birch plywood

100 & 220-grit sandpaper

Transfer paper

19-gauge wire

#.005 Sakura Pigma Micron permanent black pen

Antique medium of your choice

1" nails

(1) 3/4" drywall screw

Provo Craft Stencil #41-8134 Knits, Wool and Cross Stitch

Sawtooth hanger

1/2" checkerboard stencil

Beeswax pillar candle

Tin tray for candle

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