I started making Bumbles the cane back in May last year but with the madness that comes with moving house, he went back in the (really useful) box until I had time to finish him in July 2011. I lost a fair bit of the cane on reduction. The bits of Bumbles that were made 2 months before the rest of him were much firmer and the newer, softer bumble bits reduced much quicker meaning a fair bit of distortion.
I did manage to make some funky beads out of the scrap cane though.
Now I have brought Bumbles out again, mixed him with some flowers and made him into these lovely sunshine beads.
These are now for sale in my Etsy shop.
I also made this necklace using some similar bumblebee beads, they are going up for sale at a craft fair I am doing at the weekend. If you would like to buy them, see me at the Made in the National Forest tent at South Derbyshire's Festival of Leisure.
Chat soon :)