Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Blackbird Winter

Blackbird Beads- 1 1/2", 2 1/4", and 2".

The past few weeks there have been a flock of red winged blackbirds hanging around, singing their off-key song in a nearby spruce tree. The unusual thing about this is that you don't often see blackbirds in January and February here in Colorado at 7,900 feet. There are also robins around, which is almost as unusual.

I associate the blackbirds and robins with summer, so it lifted my spirits on cold winter days to see these birds, and I was able to help them out by sprinkling seeds on the ground below my birdfeeder.

The birds also spurred me into action to make a blackbird cane, something I have been wanting to do for quite awhile. So I got the cane made, reduced it, and applied it to the three different backgrounds. The bead on the left is more summery, but the middle and right hand beads represent blackbirds against winter colors and winter sky.


Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Wow, what cool beads! You do amazing things with polymer clay.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Wow!!! These are fabulous! You really DO do amazing things with this medium.

Tiglizzyclone said...

What pretty beads! So very nice! I have done clay, and I've made birds before, then finished them in my table top kiln. But I have never done polymer.

Caren said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting. I am a novice compared to some of the long standing polymer artists out there. It is the polymer pioneers who have experimented, written books, done videos, taught workshops, and posted tutorials on the web that I owe it all to. I would not have done what I have created thus far if it weren't for the polymer community sharing their techniques. I have my own ideas, of course, but I am riding on the coattails of those who figured out these techniques. Truly.