You may already know that I LOVE hummingbirds (you can see my previous blog post about them here: https://www.ditsyblue.co.uk/all/hummingbirds/ ) so (despite a recent struggle to create anything at all due to an enormous cloud of self doubt following me around everywhere), when I saw this months challenge over at Art Bead Scene…’Cattelya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds’ 1871 by Martin Johnson Heade…I was instantly inspired and really wanted to try and create something…I love nests and flowers too!
I originally wanted to make a bracelet with a bird and a nest, but somehow I ended up experimenting with scrap clay and carved a hummingbird to create a mold. Now I was going in an entirely different direction…part of the creative process I guess!
The hummingbird mold took several attempts before I was happy with it, both in the carving and the painting stages…I wanted to capture the mood of the inspiration piece and not have my bird looking like a small child’s drawing (which it did, several times!)
I made two little white hummingbirds eggs and antiqued some copper wire using liver of sulphur for the nest…this gave it a lovely deep, rich colour.
Then I went through my bead stash picking out some of the other colours in the painting…the lavender picasso star bursts, wooden palm rounds and pastel pink facets are all from Smitten Beads, and there’s a red Scottish agate as well as a stray violet polymer clay bead I found loitering with intent in my bead box. I wire wrapped them using more of the antiqued copper wire, and added some trumpet flower dangles using some purple Irish Waxed Linen cord.
I really enjoyed making this necklace and taking part in the Art Bead Scene challenge again, and I’m rather hoping that the enormous cloud of self doubt might leave me alone for a bit now.