A few days ago over on the AJE blog, I wrote about my lifelong love of rabbits, and showed a small collection of the drove of hares in my stash. As I'm still struggling to make time for my beadwork with my (relatively new) job schedule, I decided to go back to an idea that I started several years ago.
A few years ago I stumbled across this carved bone rabbit head bead - I had instant inspiration to make a sculptural march hare piece, and bought the bead. I made a wire and aluminum foil armature, covered it in polymer clay for a nice smooth base...and covered the whole thing in encrusting freeform beadwork!
And then I ran into an unforseen problem...once the beads were on the armature, the head was out of scale! I forgot that seed beads, even as teeny as they are, add bulk...so my idea has been stagnant until now. I'm so happy that I can now show you the whole thing!
I finally realized that I just needed to make a head that was in scale with the piece - so I broke out the Fimo and got to sculpting.
I used vintage glass cabochons for the eyes, and one of my boyfriend's leather tools for a hair-like texture. Once I finished sculpting and fired the bead in the oven, I used a clear acrylic gloss and PearlEx powders to add luster and gleam, just like the beads in the body. When I made the body, I left one of the main armature wires sticking out of the top, so to attach the head, all I had to do was to string it on to the wire, and create a slight kink in the end to hold it on. I purposely used coppery colors on the head, so the wire wouldn't be so obvious.
I am not sure yet just how to present this guy! I might attach him to a platform base and accessorize around him, or make a little shadowbox so I can present him as a piece of wall art. I just love how he looks with these cherry blossoms from the tree outside...so I suspect a trip to the floral department of the craft store will soon be in my future!
And here's your beauty shot! I am so pleased with how he turned out!
But, I'm not the only one in the apartment who's been busy creating this month - my boyfriend has gotten on board with the challenge this time - in his own realm of leatherwork! He started out with this gorgeous wallet that he made for a friend:
I swooned when I saw it! But, because I just don't use a wallet like this, I begged and pleaded for him to make me a few cabochons instead...here is the progress:
These bunnies are still drying - once they're dry, he will bevel the edges for ease of use and dye them. If people seem interested, I hope to offer a few of them for sale in my Etsy shop soon! What do you think? I just love his interpretation of the theme!
Don't forget to click on all the links below to see what everyone else has been creating this month!
Aural - Woodland Bay Native
Heather - Hidden Ridge Studio
Karin Grosset Grange - Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on the AJE Pinterest page)