After the cranes were folded, I fiddled around with the beads I wanted to include in the mobile. Some of the beads I used were from the first mobile I attempted to put together. Some are new. I could have continued to fiddle and browse at bead and craft stores forever. At some point you have to say, “No more,” and decide. Every time I had a new inspiration for the beads, I’d head to the store. Well, I’m sure you know you can get lost browsing beads. I came home more than once with a few beads that I thought would be fantastic, only to discover I was wrong. *sigh*
The final decisions. I used the Murano glass hearts on the bottom combinations in the first mobile. Unfortunately, when it broke, some of the original beads were lost, including the smaller heart. I searched for a replacement high and low. I found a tolerable replacement, but I really wasn’t happy with it. I don’t know why I didn’t look online. Then, last week, after visiting the Rocking Horse for no particular reason, I went to a bead store in Farmington, and Eureka! It was my lucky day.
Most of the beads were chosen b/c I liked them. Some of them have particular significance, though. For instance, the surfer in the bottom center. M loved the beach so very much. The stone star above it was b/c she loved stones. Tiger Eye was among her favorites, but I didn’t think it would work here. Turqoise stones always remind me of her. The star and rectangular cube aren’t turqoise stones, but they serve my purposes. I loves stars.
Bead combination for the Circle of Eight. The shells are for M’s love of the beach and ocean, and the ladybugs are b/c when she died, she had often mentioned her daughter’s love of ladybugs. I wish I’d used a darker blue bead on the top instead of the light blue crystal. I decided it was time to put the thing together and stop going out looking for more.
I staggered the 24 single cranes underneath the Circle of Eight. I was going to fill the empty space below the low-hanging strands with beads, but decided on wishing star ‘beads’ instead. I’ve written something in each of them, b/c it seemed wrong to leave them blank. The comments are a reflection of what was on my iPod when I wrote inside them.
The final combination for the single 24.
The center cranes strung together.
The single 24 after the Circle of Eight’s beads were strung.
The Circle of Eight.
I think I’m going to use an acrylic sealant for the mobile. I’ll be experimenting with Krylon’s Matte Finish. If I like it, I’m using it. After all that fretting about the Nori Paste! Oh, well. That’s what happens when you make up something as you go along.