This months Art Elements design challenge is hosted by the lovely Jennifer Cameron and for her theme she chose seed pods. I’ve used these as inspiration for my work a number of times in the past and I started off with an array of ideas for projects in various mediums. However, for one reason or another I’ve been in a particularly uncreative frame of mind this month. Heatwaves are not helpful as the hotter it gets the slower I go eventually grinding to a halt altogether. Anyway, to cut a long story short I got to this past weekend with nothing sorted so I had to curb my ambitions and cut my cloth accordingly…or rather my polymer clay as that’s what I decided to go with.
I had an idea to make some seed pods in polymer clay and embed some seed beads in them to give the impression they were about to burst open…my design is purely imaginary rather based on any real seed pods. I don’t have a huge amount of experience with this medium so it’s always a toss up as to whether it works or I end up with a burnt mess! This is how they looked before they went into the oven…a little bit of texture added and holes drilled through the beads.
Fortunately there was no over-cooking on this occasion and the seed beads stayed put. Once they were cooled I painted them with an acrylic paint mix, allowed this to dry and then sanded it back to give this worn, mottled effect.
There result was a set of beads with a kind of tribal feel – so far so good.
I decided to stick with a limited palette and create a simple necklace using ceramic and brass discs to separate the focal beads strung on beading wire. The necklace was then completed with peanut beads in the same finish as the smaller seeds inside the pods.
Many thanks to Jennifer for providing us with this months inspiration. To see what the other participants have come up with please join me on our blog hop using the links below.
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