12lb of honey for a 6 gal batch will yield a dry mead. The yeast strain is also important; a highly attenuative strain will create a dry mead that has less body, while a lower attenating strain will leave some body and sweetness in the final mead. Get your hands on some potassium sorbate, it is a chemical that inhibits fermentation and allows the mazer to backsweeten. Once primary fermentation is complete you can add about 1/4tsp per gallon of mead, let the mead sit for a week and then add some honey to sweeten the mead up and add some body. Please note that the potassium sorbate will not stop an active fermentation, it will only prevent the mead from starting to ferment again, so you have to wait until the mead has finished fermenting before adding it.