I textured each feather and highlighted them with various Pearl Ex powders to add a gorgeous shimmer. I also attached acrylic crystals to the backs of the birds. Once they were baked I started rummaging through my odds and ends looking for something that would grab my eye and lead me in the direction this project wanted to go in. I happened to find a round mirror, and suddenly I knew exactly what I wanted to create with these birds. I saw a mirror wall hanging with the birds on either side and hearts at the top and bottom in my mind's eye. The next component I created was this three layer heart with a beaded dangle attached to the bottom.
Each heart was made from a different shade of red clay and the top one was dusted with Pearl Ex powders. I strung a blue and white porcelain bird bead between a pink and a blue glass flower bead, then added a clear glass heart bead with a swirl of blue color running through. I attached the polymer clay teardrop shape, which was highlighted with Pearl Ex powder, using a heart shaped jump ring.
I made several smaller hearts to adorn the top of the mirror as well. Then I sandwiched the mirror with blue polymer clay and added all the different elements. Here's how it turned out.
One of the things I love about these challenges is how they push me to try new things. For me, there are no rules when it comes to creating. I envision the finished piece, and then just figure out how to make that vision a reality. There were many times while I was creating this when I wasn't sure what my next step would be. So I relaxed myself, not forcing any ideas, and let my muses lead me. I found my porcelain bird beads, heart jump rings, and glass hearts just when I needed to. And each new thing I found in my stash was exactly the right piece to add. I don't know if other artists work like this, but I usually just go with the flow and see where it takes me. Whether it's my muse, my inner self, or just blind luck, I usually end up with a piece that I love. Thanks for spending a little time with me as I share my creations and my creative process!