Petal to the Metal

Today was filled with little projects for Beezus. First, we sanded down his rusty bits and gave them a new coat of paint (he needed it!). 3 cans of black rust-proofing paint later and he’s looking pretty lovely. After that, we took apart all of the petals, which ended up being more of a chore than it sounded. Fabric is difficult to remove when it rusts onto something! But we did it! Afterwards, we measured out a lovely little template for the new petals we’ll be making. Take a peek!

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Now to order 12 yards of pink and purple spandex. Stay tuned.

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The Indiegogo is LIVE!

Alright, friends!

The time has come. For the past 2 years we’ve been rocking Beezus on the playa. This year, we’re launching another Indiegogo campaign to help make him even better! We’re re-doing all of the lights to fancy him up a bit, creating a second iteration of the flower petals, and doing some major repair work (see: new motor, drive system). And we need YOU to make this happen! SO check out our campaign. Donate if you can. Share if you can’t. Either way, let’s DO THIS!

<3,

The Beezus team

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/beezus-christ-super-car-2015-edition/embedded/3484996

Heart Transplant #1

So as it turns out, even benevolent bee saviors can have health issues. A few weeks ago, Beezus suddenly stopped running. What to do?!

Our first thought was that maybe his poor little batteries were tired. So we let him charge up for a while. No dice.

Next thought was an issue with some of the original wiring as some of it was fairly corroded. After a lot of fiddling around with the multimeter, we decided that wasn’t it either. Which left one last thing…

The motor. We set to work taking it apart, and determined that the brushes had burnt out and broke, and that the commutator was past being salvageable.

TIME FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT!

Fortunately the space where Beezus lives (NIMBY) can be a great place to find old parts, and SuperDave happened to have an old motor from another utility vehicle lying around. We just had to detach it from the axle. This actually ended up being more of an adventure than we had originally anticipated, but after a lot of tinkering and a lot of motor oil getting on basically everything, we managed to make it happen. Ta-Da!
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Then came the process of putting the new(er) motor in Beezus. The replacement was slightly bigger, so making it fit was a bit of a challenge. Then came the process of trying to fit the chain back on. We had hoped to do this without taking everything apart, but no such luck. So off came the brake drum and the casing around the chain. Lots more tinkering. Lots more oil. Lots more fun tools.

Tinker time

Tinker time


Eventually, we got the motor in and connected! Then it was time to actually try to run the bee again. SO I pushed down on the gas pedal and… nothing. Wires were connected wrong. Oops! Tried again. AND IT WORKED! Sort of? We managed to get the motor running and wheels turning, but we ran into a slight issue. The new(er) motor had a bad bearing. Siiiiiigh. Well at least we’ll be ready for the next one!

More updates on heart transplant number 2 here soon!

Steampunk Masquerade Ball

Tonight we’ll bee back in action at one of our favorite events- the Steampunk Masquerade Ball at NIMBY! We’ll get to test out our new lights in the company of some of the best art cars, djs, and installations in the Bay Area. Even the Flaming Lotus Girls’ Serpent Mother will be there! We can’t wait to serve some honey up and get silly with all of you! Come say hi!11076275_673194376120073_7974816524177871038_n

Let There Bee Lights! (Again!)

We’re back to it! Beezus is out of hibernation and we’re buzzing along getting him gussied up for another year on the playa. Our first goal this year was to outfit him with new fancy lights. The past 2 years we’ve had simple rope light strands, so we figured it was upgrade time. We decided to go with RGB LED lights. We ended up going against individually addressable ones (they were a little excessive for what we were looking for), but they’re still programmable and will be doing some lovely color fades! The stripes, flower petals, and grass will all have lights that will add a whole new dimension to our lovely little bee. Here’s some shots of the process!

Oh, and stay tuned for lots more! We’ll be ramping up a new fundraising campaign here soon!

Jumper and Levity doing some team soldering

Jumper and Levity doing some team soldering

Smallfry fixing some wires up top

Smallfry fixing some wires up top

Jumper looking super fancy

Jumper looking super fancy

And We’re LIVE!

Hey there, bee-lievers!

As of this morning, the Indiegogo campaign for Beezus is officially up and running! In true Burning Man fashion, we’re totally late to the party. But check it out! Watch the video, take a look at our sweet rewards, donate if you can, and share with your friends. let’s make this year even better than the last!

Dusty Hugs,

Smallfry

http://igg.me/at/beezuschrist/x/3484996

 

Hive Fidelity Fundraiser!

Sooooo it’s super last minute, but we’re throwing an impromptu fundraiser this coming Thursday, June 19th at F8 (1192 Folsom) here in San Francisco from 9 to 2! About a week and a half ago we were offered the date, so we figured what the heck! It was so much fun last year! We’ll have music, Beezus swag, and honey drink specials for you. ALL for only $5! Come get silly in the name of Beezus!

Precompression was a great success!

Sweet Beezus. What a night. Smiles for miles over here.

We rolled into NIMBY at 3 and got Beezus all prettified and placed just in time for doors. The honey bar was stocked and we were so excited to share with all of you lovely people. What a success! We might so many wonderful new friends and shared our honey from around the world! San Francisco local honey was a favorite once again, and Morocco was a super big hit with it’s distinct flavors. We literally had people coming up saying that people told them to try the Moroccan honey! I can’t believe how much we went through. So ready to do it over and over again on the playa though.

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Photo by Bluefox- http://www.smugmug.com

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Photo by Bluefox- http://www.smugmug.com

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Let There Bee Light!

Another successful work weekend under our belts for the season. We got the lights working again!

Initially the plan had been to get new LED strips (RGB color change waterproof 12v). However, we decided it was smarter to try and get last year’s lights functional if at all possible. After investing in some new wire, clamps, and a soldering iron, we managed to get everything back online. We’ll be running the lights (and eventual sound) to a switch panel on the dash so that all of the controls are in one place. That should be arriving next week. So much excitement! Pics of it lit up at night coming soon!Image

Precompression 2014!

Beezus is honored and humbled to be a part of this year’s precompression in the Bay Area on June 14th! The event will be held at NIMBY, which has been Beezus’ home over the past year. Here’s the info as seen on the event page:

“Pack your shiny blinky powertools and join us for this multi-environment, indoor-outdoor, grease-monkey-to-glam, big art, downhome throwdown of artistically epic proportions! Burning Man and burners—from old school to new—are congregating at NIMBY and you can expect all the trappings you know and love: from big art, theme camps and mutant vehicles to fanciful and firey. This event at one of our community’s best loved art making spaces, brings the party to the ARTY in grand style!

Participating Artists and Groups Include: Airpusher, BAAAHS, The Alien Siege Machine, The Kraken, Maria Del Camino, Sugar Cubes, Alex Nolan’s Throw Bot, Grahmahs House, Live glasswork by NIMBY artists, Beezus Christ Super Car, Match Camp, Sextant Camp, and about a gazillion more Bay Area artist groups showcasing their work and joining forces in support of this memorable night.”

We’ll be slinging honey and hanging out with all of you lovely bee-ings, so come play! Here’s a link to tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/698232