“It 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.
For me structures are important. You cut out a certain detail and transform it into beaded art, the main thing is that everybody will have the association NEST!"
You can read more about the challenge here on the Etsy Beadweavers Blog.
When 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?