Friday, March 6, 2015

Bead Garden Ornament

Jen showed me a Garden Ornament on Pinterest.  For $40.00 I decided I could make several myself.

Will it work…maybe… the prototype is never perfect.  It must be tweaked.

Bead ornament 

I finally had enough beads strung on the wire to give it a whirl.  That big old nut just keeps the wires in one spot after they have been strung.  I enlisted Far Guys help and off to the woodshop we went, the sun was out so it was warm in there.

We found a green plastic stabby stick…highly technical.  Far Guy drilled a hole in the center and then we safety wired the  bead thingy fine sculpture together and stuck it down the center of the stick.

For now it is in a snow bank.  It is not perfect.

Bead lawn ornament

It needs more legs/arms whatever and some could be shorter.  I should have spent more time taking the kinks out of the wire. ( I can always fix that.)  I used 20 gauge Galvanized Steel Wire.  The beads are from garage sales and a few from Ben Franklin. I used 3mm crimping beads, they were a little large but they worked.

This one will stay in the yard and weather in the cold…I will make another.

March 5 2015  5 inches of snow

Here is the snowstick.  We now have five inches of snow.

I am counting on the warm temperatures next week to melt it all in a few days.

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20 comments:

  1. What a great bead project. I hope you will get the warmer temps and I hope FG is feeling better.

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  2. I love the garden ornament. It looks so neat out in the yard. Sure hope the weather gurus are right and that some warmer temps are on the way. Have a nice weekend.

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  3. Morning, oh love the beads, looks so pretty....No more snow!!!! Blessings Francine.

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  4. I think it's pretty, too, even if as you say it does need some more arms. :-)

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  5. Well that is certainly an unusual garden ornament. I enjoy all the hand made beading projects that my friends come up with, but not interested in taking up the craft. Good luck with the melt-down.

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  6. There's not much we can do right now with our barren landscapes. Your new project will sparkle nicely in the winter sun.

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  7. That's an interesting yard ornament, I bet it's pretty in the bright sunshine and the movement in the breeze will make it dance.
    Hope Far Guy is feeling better.
    That photo of Chance in your header always makes me smile.
    What is the story with the watering can in the photo next to the one of Chance? Do birds nest in it, or do you plant flowers in it?

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  8. I love the garden art! In the gray of winter we all need a little color and that is a bright spot in your yard. Genius!

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  9. Yikes! We have more snow than you!! Is the sculpture a spider? That's what it reminds me of when I see it. A pretty, glittery spider...

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  10. Very pretty! I'll bet it's nice to have some color in your backyard this time of year.

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  11. Hope Far Guy is doing better, your temperatures DO warm up and the snow melts:) Does the yard art spin in the wind? Hmm, probably not, there is not enough there for the wind to grab. Bet it looks nice and sparkly on a sunny day against the snow!

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  12. I think your version is pretty interesting, does it move with the wind? Now that would be cool.

    Tell March to smarten up...another snow storm is not needed this time of year, and you had lots last year.

    Jen

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  13. I love the ornament; may have to adapt that idea for a project with Vi since she loves gardens, glitter, and projects with Grandma. I think you will lose some of that snow quite soon! And p.s., thank you for your message on my blog today.

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  14. It looks like a great idea. I always liked the mobile devices that I see at art shows. They use ball bearing things to allow them to spin with ease.

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  15. Very nice! I think the kinks add character and interest. It reminds me of a bottle tree.

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  16. Interesting Sculpture - is it suppose to twirl? if it doesn't I am sure you guys can think of something to make it :) 5" of snow hmmm pretty pathetic for MN ~ we need the moisture ~ wonder what spring and summer will bring.

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  17. I'm impressed with your prototype. I see why this caught your eye. I'm wondering if it could be made to turn like a windmill?

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  18. It's fun to try new things with your bead art.
    Garden art has no rules. You get to make it how you like it. I like it!

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  19. A little color like that looks nice against all that snow. I wonder: will it catch the sunlight like a prism?

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