Audrey has finally gotten her cup of coffee.
And let me just say that I definitely need a smaller set of fingers for doing that teeny tiny work. I made that little bugger from a snip of cardstock and the final cup is only about 8mm tall.
But I'm glad Audrey got her coffee. And now I'm finding myself in need of a coffee break myself...to step back and make the final design decisions for the block.
When I received Mr. Miller's pin, I went through all kinds of ideas of how to use it in this piece...as the centerpiece of a "necklace" or "bracelet" seam treatment, in Audrey's hair, in the flowers...and none of them quite fit.
Then I stumbled upon this Tiffany butterfly brooch that showed at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901...I thought to use the pin as the thorax of the butterfly...and, well, I loved that idea.
And so I set about to create a rendering of the Tiffany butterfly brooch. I traced it onto tracing paper then scanned it into Photoshop. Once in Photoshop, I could clean up my tracing, copy the wings, and make mirror images of the wings to create a final paper butterfly pattern...
I then shrank the pattern to different sizes to see which one worked best in the block composition and with Mr. Miller's pin...
I liked the larger one because it scaled nicely with the stick pin plus I have more beading options for a larger one. To get detail on a smaller butterfly, I would need sizes of beads that they just don't make anymore. I'm already planning to use size 20 and I can't get any smaller than that.
So...to go smaller means to lose detail...and I'm not sure I want to do that. Yet, in my heart of hearts, I feel the butterfly is a tad too big...and perhaps I should shrink it down just a bit more.
On the original brooch, Tiffany used pink tourmaline in addition to diamonds. I like the idea of introducing a hint of pink into the design plus I like the idea of staying true to the original design.
In order to figure out if using a bit of pink in the butterfly might affect the overall design, I copied the pattern onto cardstock, cut it out and ran it through a Xyron machine.
For those who don't know, a Xyron machine turns anything into a sticker. Then I could use the sticky side to audition different crystals and beads...
I definitely think a hint of pink works.
Beading my "sticker" alao allowed me to get a sense of the weight of the wings once beaded. My intention is to make a beaded stumpwork butterfly and, since I've never done that before, I don't want the butterfly to wilt under the weight of the beading.
And so here I sit, debating different options and drinking a cup of tea (I like tea better than coffee).
- Is the butterfly too large? I like the difference in scale that the larger butterfly introduces...bringing it down a bit gets too close to the scale of Audrey's head and the other elements on the block...I still think it's a tad large...If I give a bend to the wings once attached, this will make the overall effect of the butterfly seem smaller...hmmm....
- OK. If it's a tad large, then bringing it down in size a bit will make it a bit harder to bead and to get detail. That being said, nobody will probably know that but me...well, and all of you who choose to read this drivel...Making it a bit smaller will also reduce its weight which is a good thing.
- If I were to go smaller, I could increase the size of the "motif" by adding one additional small, lace flower over the intersection of the seams to the left of Audrey's head...that might be nice. It would serve to introduce those lacy flowers into the left side of the block and would keep the butterfly company so he's not hanging out alone...But would that make the block too busy?
[Note: Don't consider the orientation of the butterfly. Its position is subject to change. The wind was blowing and I didn't have a pin!]
Well. It's a lot to think about. I think I'll have another cup of tea and do something else for a while. I'll come back to it later and maybe by then you all will have weighed in with an opinion.
Happy weekend to all of you. I'm sure something will happen by Monday...