The May/June 2015 issues of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine is available on newsstands now. My Mixed Media Metalsmith column for this issue shows how to make a birds nest bead. Oh how I love this messy bead! Some people make these beads sweet and neat, but I like to take my 20 gauge wire and just go to town with my style of organic wire wrapping. My technique is a little different from the way most folks do it. I like to think it’s easier.
I find that birds are a pretty constant form of imagery in my work. I know it has to do with wings and freedom and my wish to fly ever since I was small. Since I see birds everywhere in mixed-media art, I know this is a common theme for a lot of us too. Every time I wear this necklace, I get compliments.
In this issue, I teach you how to make the focal bead. I also give the step out directions to make this necklace:
And this ring:
Some other highlights include a lesson from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on how to turn a utilitarian apron into an artsy accessory you’ll love to wear, as well as an inspired quote scarf from my friend Lesley Riley. Also, my friend Ruth Rae is at is again with her amazing sewing and free motion stitching skills where she creates a poet’s shirt that’s so pretty I’d love to hang it in my studio for inspiration. I can’t begin to tell you how cool it is to flip though the pages of this gorgeous magazine and know the artists whose work is featured inside. I’ve said it before, but I truly love our mixed-media community and how willing people are to share art techniques so we can all learn and grow.
If you’re not a subscriber to Cloth, Paper, Scissors yet give it a look see. The publishing industry is changing as a result of the way we’re seeking and consuming information. To keep magazines viable, we need to buy them. We need to support the companies that advertise in them (as long as we like and use the products that is). If we don’t, they fold and the marketing folks have to keep finding new (and sometimes more invasive) ways to get to our eyeballs so they can get to our pocketbooks. Not trying to give a hard sell here by any means. Rather, I’m just putting it out there so we can be intentional consumers.
Thanks for reading. Here’s wishing you an Artful and joyful weekend!