And now for something completely different: A clockwork heart

Clockwork heart

Originally uploaded by fieldguidetohummingbirds

It’s been an exciting month for creative efforts and a grim one for hummingbirds, so I thought I’d blog about my art for a change.

This is one of my latest efforts in polymer clay. It started out life at the To Bead True Blue show in Tucson as a lump of murky purple scrap. As a helper at Polymer Clay Party Night (sponsored by artists who exhibit and teach at TBTB), I attempted to create a bright purple clay when the prepackaged supply of that color ran out. Unfortunately, I grabbed the first red and blue that came to hand, and they didn’t get along.

Not wanting to condemn the ugly lump to the scrap pile, I started mooshing it into a heart shape. With a tool from my clay kit, I cut out a square in the center, using gold clay mixed with a bit of green (for a brassy look) to edge the cavity and add accents.

Back home, I “installed” watch parts purchased from master polymer clay artist Christi Friesen and sealed them under a layer of resin. With some shimmery russet and violet mica powders to improve the color, a couple of grommets for added visual interest, and a salvaged wire ring for a bail, the steampunk look was complete.

I’ve never been a “heart person,” but this got me on a roll. I’ve filled a couple of sketchbook pages with new heart designs, most with a nature theme. You’ll see some here at LB&E as they come together, along with other polymer clay pieces.

ROFL of the Week: No red dye for Pegasus

From a post entitled “Flower Hummingbird” at a bogus Google-baiting site on attracting birds:

I wrote about where to place your hummingbirdfeeders to get the most traffic and where to put them to maintain the Hummers Bully, the ruby-throated hummingbird, to be the only hummingbird to drink with your Hummingbird feeders. These suggestions will provide more traffic and maybe even a little less intimidating.

Nectar hummingbird as Hummers go to the first is natural, the sweet nectar of flowering plants such as Columbine, impatiens, geraniums and more. This gives nectar the bird a high which is the largest sugar before making their journey across the Gulf of Mexico.

Although there has been no testing done on the effects of dyeing on birds, please do not use red food coloring in the solution you use to feed your horses, this could affect your Swift winged wonders.