Happy belated birthday, Alenka, and thanks for inviting us to help you celebrate in a special way!
Butterflies represent so many concepts to so many people. Over time, my perception has evolved... of these tiny denizens who live out such short but significant lives. The above maxim sums up my latest reflection on the power of butterflies to adapt.
I have a serious love/love relationship with butterflies (possibly heightened by our never-ending winter... we see very few in my part of the world). So when Alenka Obid of Pepita Handmade suggested a butterfly-themed blog hop on the occasion of her birthday, I was at the head of the line! I have been collecting a few goodies in preparation.
Earlier this week. I gave a sneak peak at the beginnings of this polymer clay cane (from this tutorial):
... which has been transformed into this small (2" high) sculpted piece (final design to be determined).
Awhile back, I received some beautiful handmade papers from a blogging colleague, Kathy. I will use some for beads, but I thought recycled paper would be a perfect medium for the chameleon butterfly. I don't do a lot of work in paper craft, so naturally I came up with a layered design which can later be developed into jewelry (surprise!)
|Handmade paper coated with liquid polymer clay|
My final medium is glass. I have been greedily collecting these awesome little lampwork butterfly wings by Kim Snider (a fellow Maritime Canadian):
My photo is sadly not showing the beauty of Kim's wings. If you fancy owning a few of these sweeties (and to ogle her amazing photos), do check out her online Facebook auction starting Thursday April 23rd and running through Sunday night (click on the JOIN key to take part). *Updated to the latest show date*
I forced myself to choose ONE of these wings and created a necklace with copper-wired pearls and a bit of kumihimo:
And here is the gang all together (well, I did have one other project planned, but my little butterfly-shaped metal components didn't arrive in time. *They finally arrived! See this post):
Thank you so much Alenka for inviting us to be part of your Butterfly Birthday Hop!
And thank you everyone for reading this far. Please check these blogs for more beautiful butterfly inspiration!
1. Alenka - hostess Pepita Handmade
2. Monique A Half-Baked Notion*YOU ARE HERE*
3. Beti Horvath Stringing Fool
4. Kathy Lindemer BayMoonDesign
6. Christine Altmiller One Kiss Creations
7. Amy S. Amybeads
8. Dini Bruinsma Angaza by Changes
9. Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) Antiquity Travelers
10. Alicia http://www.allprettythings.ca/*posting in a few days*
11. Sheilaposter Cats With Beads
12. Therese Frank Therese's Treasures
13. Rebecca White Morganafeycreations
14. Rachel Mallis Mint Monarch
15. Liz E Bead Contagion
16. Ana (ACBeads) AC Beads Jewellery
17. Jasvanti Patel Jewelry by Jasvanti