Inspired by the alarming mass disappearance of honeybees, The Abandoned Comb Amulet is defined by a solomonic dilemma: violently shatter and consume the object in order to remove its inner worth, or nurture the form and allow it to naturally reveal the treasure within.
The Abandoned Comb Amulet is a six hexagon 18k gold honeycomb pendant on a fine gold chain encapsulated in a three inch tall hexagonal sugar-glass pyramid filled with New York rooftop honey. The entire piece is presented and may be preserved in the included airtight glass bell jar and rubber base. Edition of 30.
The process alone renders each Abandoned Comb Amulet unique. It begins with a visit to a local rooftop hive in Brooklyn, New York. There, abandoned honeycomb is gathered from empty hives having suffered from Colony Collapse. This comb is later coated with natural shellacs in preparation for traditional “lost-wax” casting. During casting, the wax honeycomb is entirely burned away and replaced with gold. The result is a perfect 18k gold replica of the found honeycomb.
The cast piece is then reduced into arrangements of six hexagons. Each cluster is assembled onto a fine gold necklace with a bespoke clasp, thoroughly cleaned and sealed by hand in a honey-filled cast sugar pyramid.
A special thank you to The Brooklyn Bee, PapaBubble Caramels Artesans, Susanne Goetz and Austin Priebe. Still photography by Gisel Florez, black and white photo by Nadav Benjamin.