Art Elements May Theme Challenge – Forest

Hi! First off, welcome to my new blog! I switched over from Blogger to WordPress because quite honesty Blogger doesn’t support itself anymore, and I can add a storefront to this web site! My store should be up soon and I hope you’ll come back and visit.

This month it was my turn to chose the theme for the monthly challenge, and I chose forest. I made quite a few things this month, and I’m excited to show you!

The first thing I made was this large lentil bead, from a green man bead press by a Welsh glass artist.Β  Green Man is found in many cultures, and typically symbolizes rebirth and the cycle of growth each spring. I made it using a color called Umber, and I love the different colors you get whenΒ  you continually heat and press it.

Green Made Large lentil bead

After I made this bead, I used the press with some polymer clay to make these cabochons. Of course I had to add a tiny bit of pearly paint – I felt the alcohol inks needed a little bit of oomph.

Green Man polymer clay cabochons

Then I just made some more, eventually I’ll paint them and all will be listed in my new shop!

I also did some beading for this challenge. The first thing I made was this Game of Thrones inspired piece. I used the green man press to make a cabochon that is gray in color, similar to the weirwood trees. I used red czech leaf beads for the red leaves of the tree. The gemduos represent the dragon scales, and the silver beads represent valerian steel! I was really into it! I added some white and black crows, and this is where I stopped for now. I got some tila beads to use as the ice wall, but haven’t worked out exactly how I want to add them, so this is a WIP.

Beaded piece Game of Thrones inspired

The next beaded piece I did is a Forest Fairy. I was inspired by the many photos in my Pinterest board, Forest. I used a raku face cabochon by Sarajane Helm – it’s gorgeous! I had a lot of fun making this piece, and haven’t quite decided if she will be a long necklace, or something else.

Forest Fairy beaded piece

As we were getting the yard all ready for summer, my dad had some ferns to donate to the cause, and when a frond broke off of one of them, I used it on a piece of polymer clay to make a fern cabochon. Turned out ok – the clay burned in the toaster oven because I didn’t tent it, so I used various different inks to color it, and I like it ok, but I will explore this idea further through the summer!

Fern frond polymer cabochon

And now we come to what I think is my favorite project for the Forest theme – mushrooms. First, I made two mushroom beads with some discontinued glass I have, and I really liked them!

Two Glass Mushroom Beads

But I thought, really, who wants mushroom beads? I mean, maybe someone does, but they are too heavy for earrings. Maybe for a necklace if you’re a fantasy mushroom lover! So, I made a PILE of mushrooms on the ends of mandrels, to became plant pokes or terrarium decorations. I loved making them! I made lots! Here’s a few group shots!

Mushroom terrarium decorations

And here’s what I did with one; I glued it with gorilla glue onto a stainless steel mandrel. This is good for a plant poke. I will cut some smaller pieces of mandrel to make them into terrarium decorations, and they should be available in my shop too, when it opens!

Glass Mushroom plant poke

And here’s a gratuitous little cactus because why not! This is my next series of plant poke/terrarium decorations!

glass cactus

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the things I made for the theme, Forest. This is a blog hop so I hope you’ll check out what everyone else made this month! Thanks for stopping by!




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11 thoughts on “Art Elements May Theme Challenge – Forest”

  1. Well, first, welcome to WordPress. Your new site looks great and I’m sure it will be great to have a shop there. Now, about all those glorious creations. The green man glass cab indeed has amazing colors and the polymer versions are spectacular. I didn’t watch GoT but the embroidery piece looks spectacular so far with all the elements you’ve got done. Love the leaves and flower beads you chose for the fairy. I think it would make a gorgeous brooch or necklace. I’m sorry you’re fern experiment darkened (I had an oven mishap this month as well) but I would never have guessed you didn’t mean it to have that rustic antiqued color. And the mushrooms! Oh so adorable in all the colors. Makes me wish I had a garden to fill with them. But that cactus. I love me some cacti and look forward to where you’re going with that theme. Thanks for a great theme.

  2. I have been debating on moving over from Blogger to WordPress, but have not taken the plunge yet. Too many other things to be doing that I should be doing.
    I just love those green man lentil beads – the colors are awesome!
    I have never watched Game of Thrones, so I don’t have a reference to go by, but I think the piece is amazing so far!
    The mushrooms are so freaking adorable – I like the idea of using them in planters!
    Thank you for coming up with this fun theme this month!

  3. I am also thinking of changing to WP…. but… I need more time and energy for that so it is not high on my priority list. But seeing your new blog makes the wheels turn again πŸ˜‰

    I love all our creations and simply adore the glass mushrooms! Especially the purple-ish ones with the color streaks! I am always impressed by your beadwork and am curious how the GoT themed piece will turn out, it already looks cool!

  4. Sue, firstly, thank you for the fun challenge. I adore all the different ways everyone interpreted the theme. Yours is no exception. Your mushrooms make me grin SO BIG. I love them. And your GoT piece is grand. I can’t wait to see how it comes together. Everything you make is always beautiful. πŸ™‚

    I do have some questions about your move over to WordPress. I’ve considered it for years but have always wondered if it was worth the trouble to archive and transfer over everything from Blogger. I’ve heard that it was a booger. Though, I suppose the rewards, in the end, may be worth is as WP is so very versatile. Please let me know! And, congrats on the the move. Enjoy the new space and options!

  5. Wow sue! I am impressed with your new WP site. I have been in the process of changing over for far too long . I think you have just given me the inspiration I need to finish mine.
    You first GOT inspired piece is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the ice wall you are planning to stitch as the background. I absolutely LOVE the Forest Fairy!! The colors of beads you chose complement the raku face so beautifully! And all your mushrooms are delightful. They will look great in planters or in little dioramas.

  6. The mushrooms are super cute and I like the idea of a mushroom necklace. But I cant figure out the hole placement in your beads. The cactus is even cuter. The green greenmen are super cool. I am waiting to see how your GOT piece turns out as well. Maybe all black crows flying away signifying the Raven becoming the king?
    On the blog front, Having moved from blogger to wordpress a few years ago I know that the move can be daunting. A few plugins like Smush image compression, Protect your admin and minify can be life savers. I wish you all the very best for your blog.

  7. Such great work all round but I really love the Forest fairy. Thanks for giving us such a fun theme πŸ™

  8. I love ‘srooms πŸ˜€ I really like your beaded projects, that green man clay cab works fabulously with those inks. Thank you for the challenge this month πŸ˜€

  9. Sue, like many others, I started a blog on WP but haven’t put the time/thought necessary into it to change over from our CCC blog. Also, I tried to subscribe by email but got this message: ‘There was an error when subscribing. Please try again.’ Just an fyi.
    Of course, all your projects are fascinating, but I have a penchant for the little mushrooms, cactus and plant pokes in general πŸ™‚ . Also, on the green man cabs with pearlization (is that a word?) … I’m dying to use some pearl / iridescent paint on some leather. I’m definitely for a smidge of shine!
    And last but not least, thanks for supplying a fantastic theme for us this month. Alysen.

  10. Love all of your creations, the green men are fabulous and your raku fairy is stunning!

    Thanks for a brilliant theme, it’s been good fun to take part!

    P.S. the new site looks fantastic!

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