I STARTED Early--Took my Dog--And visited the Sea--
The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me
--Emily Dickinson

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Beyond the bead...

So, not too long after learning how to make mobeius beads, there was a happy confluence of events that spun me off in a new direction.  Around that time a new clay came out--Premo (or it might have been premo's predecessor, promat--I'm afraid my memory is not what it used to be).  It had gorgeous colors and was a bit easier to work with than fimo.  Susan Hyde was a member of our guild and she was fearless in her use of color and made wonderful canes mimicking fabric.  Then I ran across an article in Ornament magazine (Spring 1995 issue) by David Forlano and Steven Ford on making wonderfully complex ikat canes.  So I spent a lot of happy hours inspired by Susan, and Ford & Forlano, making colorful ikat canes and trying to figure out what to do with them.  I made tons of mobeius beads and amplified them a bit.  I honestly can't remember when I came up with this:

I just kind of pushed three mobeius beads together and thought, hmm....  That opened up a whole range of possibilities and I went a little crazy after that...

Eh, more craziness tomorrow.  In the meantime, here's today's mobeius bead:

MORE cat hair?  Arrgghh!

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