Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Art Elements Theme of the Month July 2018: Seed Pods
Another fun theme challenge from the team at the Art Elements blog this month! Jen Cameron has chosen seed pods to inspire us for July.
I immediately thought of some fun components that I got from Anna Bronze at Bead & Button last year. They have a couple of collections that are nature and spice inspired that were just perfect for this challenge. Now I had just the excuse I needed to play with some of my little lovelies that have been languishing. Thanks, Art Elements!!
I'm not entirely sure what the Anna Bronze component that I chose for my necklace is really supposed to be, but it felt pod like to me! I decided to pair it with a lantern/melon bead from Gaea and some brass bead caps with a chain tassel hanging down for the pendant. I added links with coordinating Czech glass. The back is brass chain and the whole thing is long. This necklace is currently at Unearthed Arts in Waconia.
Next up I played with some star anise seed pods from Anna Bronze. These little cuties have multiple holes (at the 4 compass points) so it seems a shame that I'm only using one, but I wanted the pods to shine! I just made some little bead links with some fun little melon beads for a small pop of color. I feel like the texture of the melons also seems seed pod like.
In addition to the finished pieces that I made, I did make progress on a couple of other pod-related projects. During Heather Powers' Fairy Garden Headpins class at the Adornments Retreat I ended up with a couple of headpins with a pod-like feel. One of the items I used for mold making was some sort of flower bud, I'm not sure what the other little guy really was, but I liked the impression it made! They don't look like much in this photo especially since I haven't painted them yet, but I think they're going to be cool once I get them finished!
When I got back from the retreat, I went looking in the garden and yard for other items to make molds of... one of the things that I found were milkweed pods. I've really never seen milkweed up close enough to observe it's life cycle before. When I left for the retreat the plants still had some flowers on them but by the time I returned it was all about the pods! I haven't gotten out the polymer clay yet, but I did make what I think will be a great set of molds. I can't wait to use them!
Thanks for stopping by! This is a blog hop so check out what everyone else was inspired to create!