Monday, September 6, 2010

Another box

I was quit these past months, busy doing this & that. Trying to get things done at work, at home, in my studio. All the time Fiona's health was constantly in the back of my mind nagging me. So to ease my constant brain triggering, I let my heart & hands take over at times and work on this box. Yes, it is a box. Someone gave it to me last year, and I've liked the eight sided shape of it, but didn't like the funny girlie pattern on it. So right after I finished the hedgehog jar, I started on the elephant box. Chris cut the plastic elephant for me & took his dremel to flatten the back & smooth out the rough edges. I used wool felt for the base, epoxied the plastic toy elephant in




the center & just started to bead. As usual, I never have any premade plans on how it is going to look so even I'm surprised at the outcome. I like this box. It is very sparkling with earthy tones to it. The edge of the box is a square stitch chain that is 22 (yes, that's right twenty two) inches long! It was hypnotic to just sit watching Lawrence of Arabia when it was on Turner Classic Movie as my fingers wove the bugles and seed beads into this chain. Then I painted the whole box with black gesso. Linda Apple turned me on to black gesso last year, and I think it really makes a wonderful starting point to a project. When that was dry, I painted the box with two coats of a glitter paint that I bought from Joanns on a whim. I love it! I need to go back & see if they have it in other colors. I'm letting it all dry very well & when it is completed all the way, then I'm going to take some favorite pictures and Mod Podge them into the lid of the box & glue a layer of felt on the bottom. What will go in it? I haven't a clue, but I'm sure some treasure will finds its way in there.

5 comments:

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

i think it turned out beautifully! whatever goes in there will most certainly have to be a treasure, because that's exactly what this box calls for.

abeadlady said...

Just love this box, Dot. The elephant is a hoot! Fell in love with this color combo after doing some ocean jasper pieces last year.

artymess said...

Your beading work is amazing .......Lorna x

LissC said...

oh my goodness! Your blog is wonderful!!! Your photo on top ...with all the beanies beaded...that is so wonderful! And I was just digging through all my beanies yesterday trying to figure out what to do with them...too many to keep, but wanted them to go to a good place...now i see how you beaded them...wow! how amazingly creative! love it :)

LissC said...

p.s. love the elephant box...i saw an aritcle a long while back that used plastic animals..so i went out and bought some with the intention of using my dremel to cut and sand them..i've yet to try it as I'm a little fearful of how it will cut...so i loved reading that yours was done with the dremel..makes me feel a little more confident in moving forward with my project.

Thank you so much for sharing!