It’s time for another We’re All Ears challenge! For February’s theme, Erin has drawn inspiration from artist Jon Foreman (aka Sculpt the World) who creates ephemeral land art. (Do check out his fantastic creations sometime!)
I read about the artist and checked out his work, and what resonated with me (other than the beauty of his creations, of course) was the meditative, therapeutic nature of his art. I would very much like to bring that to my jewelry-making this time, I thought, and made beads with dotted patterns on them. Some turned out okay, some didn’t, but all of them were meditative, and all of them became earrings –
I made the beads by rolling up sheets of polymer clay into cylindrical beads. I then made thin snakes from contrasting colors of clay, cut small pieces from them, flattened them into discs, and pressed them onto the beads. I then baked the beads. To glaze the beads, I added a layer or two of clear liquid polymer clay, and used a heat gun to set it.
That’s all there is to the beads, but I have to say again that the entire dotting process was definitely therapeutic – I love how involved I was in the bead-making.
To make the earrings, I ended up trying out a lot of mix-n-matching, using components that I already own, and baking some that I felt would work well with the dotted beads. At the end of it all, I’m pleased with this set!
Many thanks to Erin for the absolutely delightful challenge! Do head on over to Earrings Everyday for the reveal and blog hop – I, for one, can’t wait to see how others have been inspired by Foreman’s land art…