Windy day, stayed indoors.Posted: 11/28/2010
For the first time on this glorious 4-day holiday, we got up before 10am, which gave us time to watch an episode of Fringe (our new obsession) and me a whole lotta day to do crafts. Here’s my workspace:
|My workspace/dining room table.|
I started off wanting to visualize my idea for fabric sculpture: specifically, a fake terrarium. A friend and I tried our hands at mini moss gardens, but couldn’t keep them alive. I decided to make one that wouldn’t die. Unfortunately, I think my moss (green velvet) is too dark. Looks a bit drab.
My wire-sculpture skills suck, so I thought I’d try my almost non-existent soldering expertise. Did you know that soldering is not the same as welding, no matter how much you try? I ended up with little bits of wire with what looked like garden bells on the ends. Very industrial Dr. Seuss (see last two pics). Verdict: they’ll make a good addition to more abstract pieces, and I didn’t burn myself on my iron.
After inhaling traces of metal, I tried to make some tiny flowers from fabric, but for some reason I had chosen felt. As soon as I tried to cut the small 4-petal flowers, everything was fraying. So, I painted the uncut pieces lightly with Modge Podge to see if that would toughen them enough to keep together. Still haven’t checked on that project.
|An old favorite: frightened broccoli. Next to that are some sweet pea tendrils and a little snake.|
I’d made a pea pod ornament before, so I took it to the next level: super tiny. The picture below shows them at about 5X actual size. Each pea is about 1/3 the size of a black peppercorn. The flowers you can sort of see are attached to small dressmaker’s pins. I’m not so proud of those.
I tried working with the felt some more, sewing little flowers together (look like pansies maybe?) and tried to make sweet pea blossoms from clay. Those are hard! I found some solutions to making the stems by wrapping thread around the wire, french staircase-style. Takes a while, but I think it will work.
Good thing to know: baking Sculpey at 275F will not cause bits of thread to combust in your oven. Success!
|My rustic/rusty windowsill|
Next, I’ll see how I will arrange the pea pods. I may go find some pretty twigs and make a bean bower, like in a garden, and attach the pods to wires, scatter lone peas on the ground. Have I found my calling?
[Update: I gave the dog a bath. I bet you were wondering.]