...but time has restricted me from doing so...and actually giving it a few weeks to ponder over and the bauble has now sort of grown on me. I did two versions so I'll show you the basic original and the second one I made with some additional work...and my thoughts on what I believe went wrong with it.
BAUBLE A MONTH CHALLENGE 2012 -
'THE MOLINA BAUBLE'
The bauble is not my own design but one from a very talented paper artist Carlos N Molina...hence why I have called it 'The Molina Bauble'. Carlos is someone who has inspired me no end with the way he creates pieces from the tiny and extraordinary shoes and bags to ornaments and larger sculptures. He is internationally known paper sculptor, crafter and designer and has exhibited in many countries and has published books. His work can be found on his websites plus Flickr and Etsy and has, over the years very generously shared some of his techniques on his website via tutorials.
His Flickr profile page gives links to where you can see and buy his work -
and this is a quick link to the bauble tutorial which I took my inspiration from -
So, this, following his tutorial, is my first attempt.
I was very pleased with the outcome but decided a few days later to make a second with a little more embellishment -
The inspiration came from seeing an antiques TV show that was looking at some very old world map globes and I suddenly thought that the bauble using the road map papers would actually look quite attractive if it had a little ageing and antiquing treatment. As with many other pieces I have done I achieved this by using those good old tried and trusted Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Rather than trying to distress and age the already made bauble, I made a second piece from scratch and treated/inked up the paper before assembling.
Here's the finished product.....
It has 'drooped' and formed a mushroom shape instead of a sphere. This form didn't take shape immediately...but sagged after a few hours of hanging. Sadly I didn't get a photo of the 'before' bauble and wish I had so that you can get a better idea of just how much the shape altered. It was a perfect sphere after it had been assembled and I was really happy with look...but clearly that didn't last...
So, what went wrong? Well I made the bauble to the exact dimensions as the first one and the paper is the same so it had to be the inking treatment that caused the problem (I discounted the addition of the stitching because I made a third inked one without this embellishment and it also sagged).
....and November is creeping up on us a pace of knots so the next bauble design has be worked on very soon!
See you then!