I have not posted anything in while, so, I figured it was time to share with you the challenges that I faced in the creative process of my work. Most of my work is built on my own inspirations; a lot of time, I have to challenge myself. Last summer, I was talking to my husband about birds. I was pointing out that I haven't seen many Cardinals or Blue Jays lately. This made me wonder, what has happened to our state bird? Of course, as he's a male, you can imagine the reaction I got. As I was having this conversation, what do I see in the tree of my back yard? You guessed it, a Cardinal just as pretty as I remembered. It was once told to me, "get a bird feeder and birds of all kinds will come." Not true. It's all in the bird seed that you put in the feeder! When I moved recently I started seeing all kinds of birds, including Cardinals, of different colors that I have not seen before. I have always seen the red ones which are truly beautiful. I challenged myself to make this state bird that could be worn as jewelry.It's now time for me to go to work. The first step to this process was a basic sketch of the shape. I can't draw, so, it was a very basic sketch. Then I formed my clay into the basic shape, and started all the details and texture of my bird. It took a couple of weeks to finish the bird, but the results were grand! I think I got it pretty darn close. You be the judge. It sat for many months as I brained stormed over how I wanted to design the necklace. Every time I went to work on it things got in the way. I had a wedding, there was no way I could miss it. I don't think my best friend of28 years would forgive me, run a community group on Facebook, do swaps, take care of family, while running a daycare out of my home. When I finally got back to thinking about the designs of the bird I had no ideas. I tried putting it on chain, kumihimo rope,and ribbon, nothing that I tried just didn't make this bird pop like I really wanted it to. The bird sat longer. I was really at a stand still with this bird. I just needed something that would bring elegance while keeping a realistic look .While I'm brain storming this bird. Someone sends me a link through Facebook about a contest for all polymer clay artist for jewelry making... Hmmm. Still brain storming even more now. Many days had gone by . It finally came to me one day as I was letting my dogs out to play. Right across the yard sits a dogwood tree with a bright red Cardinal sitting on the branch.Wow!!!! I've got it, so, you see you never know when it may come to you, or even if it will. My challenge was completed when I made the bird, but I wanted to take it further
Be sure to challenge yourself! See where it takes you!
The first batch of dogwoods
Ribbon represents the branches of the dogwood
The bow isn't working. Got to go!
The end results. What do you think? Do you think I achieved my challenge, creating something that's elegant while keeping a realistic look