I thought i would come onto here and share with you what goes into extracting honey from our bee hives, and show you where i get all my inspiration from for my work.
In the image above is a view of the top of the box with all the frames of honey comb, we pull out each frame one by one.
As you can see the honey comb in the frames has what we call a cap on the comb to seal the honey in.
in order to extract the honey you need to take the caps off.
You get the frame and place it on the rack, and we use a comb style metal brush to take the caps off. There are many different methods to take the caps off.
Here you can see the caps have been removed and the honey is on the surface ready for extraction.
I then loaded the frames into a spinner this can take up to 3 frames at a time.
This machine is like a big tumble dryer.
So with the frames loaded in, as you can see we place on the lid and turn the handle fast to spin the frames inside to make all the honey fly out into the drum.
The frame above is the honey comb once been in the spinner, you can see that the comb is now empty and the honey has all be extracted.
Once you have done this with all the frames its time to get the honey out of the drum.
On the drum there is an opening at the bottom, in this photo you can see i've opened it and the honey is being poured into a jug.
Once the jug is full you can see it still has some wax and other bits mixed in with the honey so you have to sieve the honey to get the pure honey out.
This is the honey which has gone through the sieve and is free of any wax or debris.
You can now eat the honey or we like to pass the honey through a muslin cloth to double make sure that the honey is free of any wax it is then ready to be put into jars.
We always like to have a bit of cut comb from the frames, so this photo below is cut comb which you can just eat straight as it is no need to de-cap the honey you can just eat it as it is.
Hello, so following on from the last post that you all seemed to love i thought it might be nice to give you 10 interesting facts about bees and the hives they live in.
As my Dad is a bee keeper i asked him to give us all 10 facts so here they are as follows......
Honeybees are one of science’s great mysteries because they have remained unchanged for 20 million years, even though the world changed around them.
A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight per day.
Beeswax is made from tiny glands on the worker bee’s abdomen.
Honey never spoils. EVER. Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad.
Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.
Bees communicate by smells called ‘pheromones’ and by performing special ‘waggle dances’
Bee keepers only take the honey that the bees do not need, but this can be as much as 45kg from one hive!
The bees use their honeycomb cells to raise their babies in, and to store nectar, honey, pollen and water.
Bees carry pollen on their hind legs called a pollen basket. Pollen is a source of protein for the hive and is needed to feed to the baby bees to help them grow.
A Honey Bee Colony Can Contain Up to 60,000 Bees at Its Peak. (That's a lot of bees)
There we have it 10 facts about honey bees i hope you enjoyed reading through them and now know a little bit more about why they amaze me!
Recently due to a disease in the hive my Dads bees have unfortunately died, but this has given me the time and space to get a proper up close look into the wax and honey that the bees had left in the hive.
So with the hive empty for a few weeks i thought i would collect some wax to keep from the hives and also take some photos so i could show you all what the bees can do and the amazing structures they make all on their own.
I have collected some of the wax from the hive to create some new pieces which i will be showing you in the next couple of days.
The images above shows the wax in one of the frames straight out of the hive. This is truly my favorite thing to see and look at, i just find it fascinating that tiny little honey bees can be so clever and make these structures themselves.
You can see in this image above that the piece laying on the top is full of honey which the bees would of been collecting.
This image is of the how the frames sit in the hive itself and then the bees go in between all the frames
We will hopefully have some more bees in the next couple of weeks if some swarm in the local area.
Below is a slideshow of some of the wax i collected from the hives.
Ambermayde is run my Amber Sherwood who's studio is based in the Norfolk countryside, Where she designs and creates her knitted products.