Back in late October I heard about something called an Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop. In checking further, I learned that this is the third year that Art Bead Scene has hosted this Ornament Blog Hop. I was intrigued so I investigated further and learned that to participate I would design an ornament using an art bead. My first thought was I love making Christmas ornaments. My second thought was what exactly is an art bead – so I went to the Art Bead Scene website and learned that:
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist.I clicked on some of the links and saw that art beads range from very simple to very complex and can be made of just about anything! But my best discovery is that I make art beads‼! Who knew???? Since I do make beads of all sorts, sizes and forms from polymer clay based on whatever project I am working on at the time, I decided that an ornament made using an “art bead” would be a great challenge so I signed up!
Now the time is drawing near for my Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop entry to be revealed. It’s been an interesting and productive challenge and involved working through several prototypes before I was happy with the end result. The creation of my art bead involved working with alcohol inks, gold leaf, metallic paint, custom mixes of polymer clay, deeply etched rubber stamps and a handmade mold.
The inspiration for my ornament goes back to a polymer clay cruise I took in August with a group of polymer and metal clay artisans. Each artisan was invited to make charms to exchange with everybody else. One of those charms was based on a Lisa Pavelka design that involved using two elements that were independent of each other so that they could “spin”.
My ornament is unique in that it hangs flat but it also spins! To quote Lisa Pavelka, “If it’s a spinner, it’s a winner!” Check back on December 4th to see if you agree.