Sunday, September 6, 2020

Day 250 : Birds Nest


Day 250: Birds Nest - One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett

Day 250 : Birds Nest

Today's button is I think my favourite so far :) 
Inspired by a photo that a school friend posted on Facebook of the birds nest fungus (Cyathus Striatus). Fungi are some of the most interesting shapes I think - almost as good as seed pods - and these are so lovely!

The nest was made using my Yorkshire button mould, and really fine linen. The 'eggs' are little ball buttons - yes, gathered fabric - dyed with fabric ink. I shaped the nest and used a little bit of Paverpol to stiffen, and thought about how I would get the wet look of the raindrop in the fungus. First thought, glossy gel medium. Only thing is, I don't really like glossy gel medium, so only have matt! I decided to try some ultra thick embossing powder. I built it up in layers, and while the photo doesn't really show it, there is quite a bit of a glossy 'wet' look. 

Here's a side view

One Button a Day 2020 by Gina Barrett - day 250 side view

Size: 18mm / 6⁄8" / 28L