Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Faye and the Potato Beads
Edit: This was done on a 9 x 12 canvas support. It has matches, wire, the top off of a Paper Glaze bottle, a squiggle from a glitter glue stick and squares of mirror finish paper. There are also earrings, a brass skeleton key, a pen barrel with my name and lots and lots of paint.
Here is a shot of the assemblage I did. I lost track of time while working on it, even stopping at one point and "zoning out", just staring at it for a while - before jumping up to go find another series of items that were calling from another room, begging to be attached. Some of these items included beads, glitter, a salamander, tooth bleaching syringe and a vintage picture of a beautiful lady named Faye, all decked out in her military uniform. I think she was in the Marines. I just love her smile.
and regarding those potato beads...
These instructions (from an HGTV episode) are very similar to the ones I used to make my beads. I did use an emery board to smooth the edges before I painted them, but this is certainly up to you. It's a lot of fun. Get the kids together and peel, cube and skewer some taters.
By the way, I did this project about two years ago and the beads have never had any unpleasant odor, just an pleasant organic aroma when I filed them. They have kept their shape and are really quite cool.
Speaking of spuds, (sofa spuds, that is ) it's almost time for our favorite show (American Idol), let's see what Omaha has to offer. I am sure it will be great. I am putting "Bones" on the back burner while AI is on. Well, the writers' strike contributed to that also, but I digress.... Anyway, love me some Idol. Grab your favorite snack and hit the couch. We'll talk soon. Ta, Ta.