Friday, February 27, 2009

Translucent Nudibranchs, Glide Suits, and Pranks

Ok, ok, settle down. I know you're all eager to hear about the pranks and glide suits... but you'll have to put up with a little show and tell first.

Well, actually, second.

First I want to say a huge "Thank you!!!" to all who visit this site, and especially to those who take the time to leave such wonderful comments or send me emails. I'm not always able to reply these days, but please know that I DO read all your comments, and that I'm really, REALLY moved by them. With the increased exposure my work is getting (which is a good thing) I'm having trouble keeping up with correspondence and postings (which is not a good thing). So if you don't see a personalized reply to your posting, or I haven't responded to your email... it's not for lack of care or desire.

Ok, enough excuses. Back in June I posted a photo of a see-through nudibranch that I hoped, someday, I could translate into a BioBangle.

Well... at last... I have made my first attempt.

Mind you, this is a first attempt... I really like the stubby thing goin' on here, but I'm not feeling like I've gotten very close to the original inspiration. But that's how I work, I guess... I have discovered that I don't have to make my bangles look like something else, I just need them to feel kinda sorta like (technical term) something else.

I also need to give a shout out to a wonderful woman who's work kicked my muse... *Melanie ducks huge lump of clay her muse lopped at her* ... I mean my butt in gear to create this bangle. Her name is Natalia Garcia de Leniz, but goes by Tatana on line. She made this delightful bracelet using translucent lace canes... and I (and my muse) were totally inspired.

Ok, there's the show and tell. Now to the good stuff!

For those who come here often, you might remember the video of a jet pack I posted. Well... I've changed my mind about them... now I want this. I just have to figure out a few things... like, um... how to be younger... and maybe stronger and healthier, and a bit more... well... courageous. Heh.

At last... what you have all been waiting for... one of the best performance art stunts ever! I have a great fondness for Grand Central Station, in NYC, and would have loved to have participated in this stunt. And if you like this one, look farther down the page this video is on to see more... from all over the world! So totally cool!


Doreen said...

Oooohhh, I love the see-through nudibranch bracelet! I don't know how you'd ever get it as translucent as the real thing though. You'd need to figure out something see-through for under the cane slices. Hmmm, I look forward to seeing what you do with this, but I like what you've done so far!

Kathi said...

I like where you are taking this bangle Melanie! I wonder if epoxy would work as a see through base...

I love that prank video. I had seen it before but I could watch it again. the guy on the cart cracks me up!

Mel said...

OMG!! Love the trans effect Mel. I can see another award winner coming up! I like Doreens idea of having something going on underneath the trans. No need to have true transparency...'kinda sorta' sure works for me! It's art after all!

Nadja said...

Wow! And this is your first attempt?! It is stunning!

Big hug from
Nadja and Tim in the baby-sling

Doreen said...

Melanie: I thought of you the moment I saw this! This artist uses silicone to make her urchin jewelry. It is transparent. I wonder if it could be used under polymer clay?? I have no idea how one would work with silicone, but I really think this looks cool! Here is the link:

Tonja Lenderman said...

Love your new bracelet designs. I added you to my blog :)

jana said...

Haven't been here in a while, Melanie...and, look what I've been missing! I just love this 'nubby' bracelet. Beautiful execution...

Really a great effect. Hope all's well, busy lady :)

hugs, j