Spiderman was one little boy's request through Beads of Courage's Artist on Call program. Where children ask for a special bead to be made just for them and glass artists choose from what has been requested and craft it for them. Our Atlanta Southern Flames group did a test for this program, at the time called it Dream Beads.
I have a feeling with the new Spiderman movie coming out, that there might be more requests over the next year too. So I wanted to show you how I interpreted it, in case you'd like to volunteer with the program as well. (contact BOC- or me- to put you in touch)
I first found a photo of a spiderman that I thought could be interpreted on a bead in glass. Knowing the child is young, I wanted to do a raised picture on a strong background, to be safe and sturdy. This is the photo I found to use.
It's a child's Halloween costume. It simplifies the outfit, yet gives the major details. Just what I wanted.
From there, I transferred the idea onto glass with some changes. Mine obviously is not perfect, but a child would know immediately by the costume colors and design who it is, which is the result I wanted.
If you think this is fun, I'm hoping you'll volunteer with Beads of Courage too. And if you think you need a little more practice, this type of interpretation is in my Creative Forces class that I teach. How to take a 2-D or 3-D (or even words) description, and make a bead from it. Which, combined with teaching, are two of my favorite things to do!
See you tomorrow!