As a beekeeper, you tend to collect "Bee things" so what to do with all the awesome bee pins? An idea is to use a frame and fabric like many do in the antique jewelry world. We have used a floral tapestry and stuck the bees on the flowers like they were pollinating the field and hung it on the wall. So many great ideas floating around on Pinterest as well! What I decided to go with is a fabric that looks like bee bread (pollen) and hexagon shaped embroidery hoops. I could not find these in our local craft stores and in fact I did not know they even existed until I ran across them on Amazon. Sadly they are not wood, however they are easy to use. Just cut the fabric out allowing space around the larger of the hoops then put over the smaller hoop and press together and twist the screw. You don't even need to iron the fabric! the tension pulls the creases out!
The newest addition to the collection is this adorable 1960s Trifari Enamel Pin, apparently a well known and very sought after costume jewelry line. I didn't know this until running across this bee at an antique mall.
Sterling Silver bees / wasp and a fat little Mexican Alpaca Pin.
My favorite one......a costume jewelry double bee made in the 1920s to be worn with fur stoles.
Just some misc. more contemporary pieces. I have more but am thinking the way I would like to display these is by date ranges, so I ordered another package of hoops. If you would like to make these for yourself...I am even thinking of displaying some of my favorite bee fabrics with them, below is a link to follow.
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