Friday, December 19, 2014

We're All Ears: December 2014

This month's inspiration for the We're All Ears challenge hosted on the Earrings Everyday blog is truly mesmerizing!  It took me awhile to wrap my head around what I wanted to make, but I knew I had to do something for this one.

Erin chose an amazing sculpture that really needs to be seen in action to be appreciated.  I would so love to see it in person...but it might put me in a trance!  Breaking Wave is an anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for Biogen-Idec's new headquarters in Cambridge, MA. The sculpture was created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic.  




When viewing this sculpture, it appears random and chaotic unless you happen to be standing in one of two hidden spots where the patterns are revealed...




Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch this short video of the piece in motion... you won't be sorry!






After viewing that clip, I'm sure you understand why I just had to make something for this challenge.  I wanted to try and capture some of the movement of the piece but also its structure.  I thought that using some tiny, neutral Czech glass rounds on headpins might just do the trick... but what to hang them from?  

I ended up deciding to 
play with the idea of the gears that make the whole mechanism work and come to life so I picked out some Vintaj natural brass blanks in gear shapes.  I chose to go for an asymmetrical design this time using two different gear shapes.  I added textures to each gear after punching some holes in the blanks and then domed them.    



To keep things from being too monochromatic and boring, I mixed sterling components in with the brass and brown glass.  I also added a thin layer of silver paint onto the gears and then sealed with Renaissance Wax.




It was honestly great fun to just sit down at my work table and play with these.  I think they are super cute and funky... hopefully my customers agree!  Worse case scenario, I guess I could always make another set and then match them up.

This is a blog hop.  You can check out what everyone else was inspired to make over on the Earrings Everyday blog HERE.     


12 comments:

  1. Great earrings! I love your mismatched design.

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  2. These mismatched earrings look super fun, great work

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  3. Very cool design! I love what you did to the Vintaj gear and disk. I would love to try that sometime.

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  4. Oh great idea! Love how you put your own spin on the vintage gear shapes, they look fantastic... and I'm always a huge fan of mixed metals! Full of fun and 'pizzazz'...xx

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  5. Love this interpretation. Very cool!

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  6. Those are such fun earrings. The little beaded dangles at the bottoms remind me of those perpetual motion balls that click-clack back and forth. I bet they're really fun to wear .

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  7. I love that you captured not only the hanging spheres of the art piece but also the gears that move them. I never thought of gears, and I have a ton of them. Texturing, coloring, and doming the gears gives them much visual interest. I always admire artists who do asymmetry well, as I have yet to master that. Very cool earrings!

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  8. Awesome! Funky And cool! Great interpretation for this months challenge!

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  9. I love assymetry your eye can't help but be in motion between the difference until it is accepted as a whole, then the beads which are in motion continue the motion itself. The gears are super cool and I love how you treated them as opposed to keeping them flat and static. Great job!

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  10. I so appreciate your enthusiasm, Miss Sarajo! I loved the inner workings as much as I loved the sculpture. All those cogs and gears placed just so to make it work! I love the movement and the texture you added to this. Thank you for sharing your mini kinetic sculptures for the December We're All Ears Challenge. Check back on January 2nd for the next inspiration! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  11. Always luv asymetrical, luv the gears with the mini swinging pendalums lol balls. Jazzy and fun.

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