A few weeks ago I blogged about my younger son's sculptures. Thank you everyone for you nice comments on that post - my son enjoys reading them very much. I've been wanting to feature my older son too, but he is much more private than my younger son. Today, I got my wish - my older son wrote some haiku for school. I love them of course - I am his mom! After some pleading, I got his permission to blog about two of them.
This year one of my goals is to enter at least 6 of the monthly challenges from the Etsy Beadweavers Team. Here is my entry for this month: Honeycomb Bracelet
The theme for the Etsy Beadweavers January Challenge is "Nest". Here is a description:
will still be winter in the Northern hemisphere in February and I
believe thinking about nestling could make us feel comfortable. What I
would like us to do: If you think about (or google for) "nest", you will
find much more than birds building nests. Insects like bees, hornets
and others also do.
So let´s get
inspired by their pieces of art. Let´s see what ideas nature gives us.
I´m sure, everybody will find a way to find their own interpretation of
NEST……My intention is NOT building whatever nest in beads. When you
think about what associations we have with the term "nest", it´s not
necessary to construct a complete copy of a natural item.
structures are important. You cut out a certain detail and transform it
into beaded art, the main thing is that everybody will have the
I was a child I spent a lot of time at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which has tons of great, hands-on learning activities. One of the permanent displays in the museum at that time was a bee hive inside a
cylinder of glass. One end of the cylinder was open to the outside of the building so the bees could come and go. It was fascinating to watch the bees fly in and out
of the hive and move around the honey comb. If you touched the glass in
an area where the bees were thickly clustered, it felt warm and cozy. I wanted to capture this feeling in my challenge piece.
I set out to make open hexagon shapes in warm, golden colors. The first problem I ran into was that the beads tend to pull into a circle on the hexes on the edge of the bracelet, though I do get nice straight hexagon sides where they border each other.
After a little experimentation, I discovered I could give the edge hexagons a better shape if I added an extra bead at the corners.
So I made a golden honeycomb bracelet. Now I just needed to choose a clasp. I went down to the fabric store and found some cute honey bee buttons. The only problem was that they just didn't quite go with the colors in by bracelet. This was very sad for me because I really did a good job attaching that bee.
So I made a new bracelet in yellow, white and black colors. I used black drop-shaped beads in the corners. I think this is a much better match.
Now I just need to decide what to do with my first bracelet. I'm thinking about folding it into a three dimensional shape and using it as a pendant (after I take the bee off). What do you think?
I've been making a mess of my workspace. It's in a good cause, but when I make snowflakes, I tend to get out lots of different kinds of beads. I also have lots of left over beads from other projects that I've avoided (I stick them in a little tupperware container for later). These left overs have been accumulating for months now :(
This last week I've started putting everything away. It's a time consuming but satisfying process. Sometimes I have so few left over beads of each color that it is not worth it to separate them out. I've started collecting these beads into color mixes. When I get enough of them, I will use them in a project.
Recently Duni posted about how she uses her leftover fabric to make these very cute scrunchies. I got to thinking, I wonder what all our other crafty friends do with their leftovers? What do you do with your extra fabric, yarn, beads, thread, paper or other supplies?
Last summer I went to the Salem Art Fair with my family. My youngest son was especially excited by all the sculpture on display. Until we went to that fair, I had not realized how much my son loves sculpture. He is very gregarious, so he talked to many of the artists and asked them about their art.
One of the artists he met was George Heath of Funker Market. He makes alien monsters that have completely charmed my son. My son has saved his allowance to buy George's monsters and has also asked for them for his birthday. He likes to make up stories about them. He keeps them in a special place in his room.
Darkness Elemental Wearing Unholy Armor
This weekend, we found polymer clay on sale. I bought some for the kids and let them go to town. Both my sons decided to make monsters, inspired by George. You can kind of see George's work in the background of this picture.
Lava Elemental with Shiny Sharp Rocks
George has a shop on Etsy. He makes sculptures and cards that are full of character. My son and I love the funky, funny way he describes his pieces. This Bombastic Sextipod is one of my son's favorites right now.
So thank you to George for inspiring my sons and getting them interested in art!
How about you, dear readers? Have you ever been inspired by anyone?
OK, I did it all wrong. I took a break, but I did not let anyone know I was taking a break. I didn't really plan on stepping away from my blog, but in December I went into a creative overdrive that consumed my free time. I made tons of snowflakes and did a lot of creative writing. Everyone got a snowflake for Christmas this year :)
I found a nice discussion about a better way to take blogging breaks here at Productive Writers. I thought the article had some good suggestions. The people who commented on it also had some interesting thoughts.
I have a lot of catching up to do - people to feature, stories and photos to share... and I am looking forward to catching up on all of your posts!