Consider the Lilys

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, oh ye of little faith? Luke 12:27,28

Monday, January 23, 2017

Art Bead Challenge:Bird's Eye View


      I decided to enter an art bead challenge by Art Bead Scene. I was looking for new ways to show off my creations, new inspirations, and design challenges. I wanted to do something I hadn't done before, try out new techniques and I needed motivation to create pieces that were in my head but I couldn't find an application for them.  

     The inspiration provided for this challenge is this painting by Egon Schiele, titled, Field of Flowers.

     I love flowers but I don't make many of them and I don't know why. Most aren't that difficult and they are actually fun to make. I had also been wanting to do something with polymer clay and microbeads. I have a "thing" for anything tiny or micro, so I bought the beads and have been trying to find ways to use them. I tested them with some random designs in some scrap clay and they work well as long as the object is glazed afterwards to prevent them from being knocked loose.

    I elected to do a polymer clay pendant bead, in a unique shape I had never tried before, smothered in flowers, some based on real flowers, others my own designs. My main colors would be orange, yellow, and red and I decided that a black background would be optimal to set off the brightly colored blooms. I used microbeads for the centers of the flowers. One flower I had been wanting to create for a while, a bird of paradise, with it's orange and green blossoms seemed to fit perfectly as the focal flower for my pendant. Since last fall, when I was helping my mom come up with ideas for an art project, I have been enamored with Man Ray's painting The Misunderstood, particularly the little eye on his bird of paradise blossom. It just looks at you. So I placed my little bird of paradise peaking out from among a diverse array of bright blooms, and Bird's Eye View seemed a fitting title.

    The little eye is a tiny detail and I didn't think it was especially noticeable. However, my little two year old brother spotted it, decided it was a bird and promptly dubbed it a "cuckoo clock".

    I had scraps of colors I had mixed left over from making the flowers and leaves, so I rolled them together to make beads with. Some of the colors mixed almost instantly forming a lovely brown, but some of the colors made the tiny streaks of red, green, orange and yellow throughout the clay like I wanted. Faux leather cord seemed like the perfect paring for the large loops on my pendant and my best friend helped me decide on red. I made the 4 beads large holed so the cord would fit through them easily.
   Overall I am rather pleased with this necklace. I had a bit of fun making the knot at the back. I wanted something decorative and different than the usual overhand knot that is sometimes used to tie off cord necklaces. I experimented a little bit and went with a couple crown knots finished with a couple slip knots. I also used slip knots under the larger beads on the necklace to keep them where I wanted them on the necklace without interrupting the smooth flow of the cords. I used an overhand knot on the fringe/tassel hanging from the lower loop to keep the strands together and firmly attached. Overhand knots also seemed most effective to keep the beads on the ends as well.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017