Birds and beads: A spicy mixed up post!

The focus this week, is on birds and beads, but please excuse the pun! My “Fly Away Home: Birdhouse Pendant class” ran last Friday, and I thought that you might like to see the results.

Five lovely students, good glue, flying paper scraps, all mixed up with a ton of creativity! We had a lot of fun, but let’s have the results speak for themselves. The evening was full of colour, laughter and imagination!

Students pieces (Note: the screw eyes still need to be attached, for hanging):

birds and beads

birds and beads

birds and beads

birds and beads

birds and beads

Shhh, don’t tell! Ideas for display include (but are not limited to) holiday decorations, a vintage printers tray, and a mobile (with the addition of a few beads). All fabulous ideas for the birds and beads theme! For those unfamiliar with the “mobile” term, the following is the definition:

“A mobile is a type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium. It consists of a number of rods, from which weighted objects or further rods hang. The objects hanging from the rods balance each other, so that the rods remain more or less horizontal. Each rod hangs from only one string, which gives it freedom to rotate about the string. An ensemble of these balanced parts hang freely in space, by design without coming into contact with each other.” – Wikipedia

My lonely little demo piece, worked on during the class.! I’ll need to up my game, perhaps to create a unique display! My competitive streak is revving up, so the muse needs to get her rear in gear!

birds and beads

Moving right along on my natural dyeing experiments, here’s a quick look at what Turmeric dyed paper looks like. Isn’t it lovely and sunny? The ratio is 1 teaspoon of Turmeric to half a cup of water (of course, I made more). Let it boil, then cool a little, and dip your papers. Set them aside to dry, then iron between sheets of parchment paper, if you dislike the wrinkly look (and who doesn’t?). I feel a batch of mellow yellow, paper beads coming up!

birds and beads

I’ll leave you with the “beads” part of birds and beads! A couple of sneak peeks of some upcoming “Inspirations”. Of course, I still need to do the write-up’s, and as there are a few lined up ahead of me, the reveals may take a while.

birds and beads

birds and beads

I’ve given you birdhouses, and beaded “Inspirations”, but is that enough to earn the birds and beads title? I hope so, because I’m still chuckling a little! Look for more natural dyeing experiments in the future (including rust), and perhaps a return to driftwood, freeform peyote, and embroidery. Enjoy your week!

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