Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/
USDA Zone 6b/7a
Merlin, u can buy long cuffed nitrile gloves, might have to shop around for them though.
Now I think you are missing a real opportunity. I think that you likely had a cow interested in bee keeping and wanted to help. I say you get them/her a veil and harness that energy.
Actually if you work it right bees can pay for themselves. I bought just enough equipment to get started, quickly decided to go foundationless (pretty big savings in not having to buy foundation), did crush and strain until the honey and the bees paid for an extractor. I won't have a hobby that won't pay for it's self, even my chickens have to produce enough eggs (selling them) to pay for feed. I think people lose money in beekeeping because they buy a bunch of stuff they don't need, bad luck, and who knows. Also I haven't paid for new bees in years, I do cut outs and swarm collection and get paid for the former. Make your own queens unless you are wanting to add genetics then go ahead and buy some.
I tried the latex gloves, ended up using common dish washing gloves, they are longer, come in different sizes and color. They do discourage the bees from stinging, but are not 100% sting proof--- they do help a lot. I wear them anytime I'm doing light work with our bees. I do use regular gauntlet rubber coated gloves when we do extractions.