One of the things occupying me lately are some cool new blogs I found about DIY arts. (Studs and Pearls for jewelery, Karen Barbé for textiles and Love & Thrift for academic writing about the DIY-sustainable/ethical/communal movement, specifically with textiles.) The ostensible purpose of this incessant internet use is Inspiration, and I'm pleased to say I saw something that the lady from Studs and Pearls makes for her shop and said, gleefully, "I have those! I can make that!"
AND THEN I DID.
(Perhaps you can tell from my pride that this inspiration-->actuality path is often strayed from or forgotten about.)
This is the original work by Kristen Gail Nunez, sold at shoplimette.com.
As you can see, it's a witty and well-made take on the 'flowers in guns' motif. But I looked at it and said, "Oh! That's what I was saving those old flower beads and rifle shells for!"
True fact. The rifle shells are from a childhood camp at which we did those things (less arm muscles necessary then archery), and I'm pretty sure the flower beads are some of the last remnants of a canister of assorted beads handed down to me from a family friend. So, both items are at least 10 years old.
Never throw anything away! You can make art with that!
The process was easy enough. First, I washed the shells, then I threaded the stamens-and-pistil bead through the flower with a length of embroidery floss, which I knotted on the other side. Then, to create a solid base to ensure a strong floss--shell bond, I wrapped the floss ends in a bit of jewelery wire, and bent them until they fit comfortably but tightly in the space allotted. After filling the shells with basic white glue, I put the flowers and "roots" in and wiped up the excess glue. Here you can see them being held in place while they dried.
Now that I have them, though, I'm unsure how to use them as earrings. They need to be obviously "flowers in spent rifle shells", but I can't yet figure out how to attach that to my ears. That can be decided later, though. For now: Flower Shells.
Day 1/30 !