Christmas ornaments have become an annual artistic activity. Little sculptures (usually kinetic) that often represent some part of life or type of artwork from the year prior.
We have been learning to swing dance and that is why the dance design.
After some sketching and experimenting, some balancing and bending, this swinging dancing mobile ornament emerged.
The 2017 Christmas decoration came out like this.
I was not very excited about it this time. The design usually comes from the forms of recent artwork projects.
This year more time was spent packing and moving art than making it.
So, it makes sense that this is an old shape with a little holiday add on.
The good part is no one hated it and a few thought it was the best yet!
Somehow the Christmas gifts for last year were not documented in this blog.
They were done on time for distributing to their various locations. There were about 50 made this year.
This week there was some time to get ahead on the Christmas gift design for this year. The next idea is pretty much chosen. Being this far ahead of the game is rare and helpful.
Looking back at past productions it became clear that there were no records of last year’s gift.
This post attempts to remedy that.
Fifteen years of making stuff instead of only buying things has helped balance the experience of the whole gift frenzy season.
When a design works and the gift is received well it feels really good for multiple reasons.
This year’s Christmas ornament is this star mobile.
Last year’s Christmas ornament art project was this dancing Santa mobile. (if you click on the full WordPress article there is a video)
They are painted sheet metal and wire.
About 50 were made.
I think I will have to make more of these Christmas decorations because people are asking to buy them.
That makes me happy!
This angel is another kinetic Christmas gift art piece made from sheet metal and wood and rivets.
It is 5″-6″ tall.
This sheet aluminum and wire mobile ornament was from around the time the kids got my my wife and me into snowboarding.
Our kids have been instructors for years, and they had talked us into it that year so it seemed like a good design.
One of the favorite Christmas gift art ornaments was this mobile in a clear glass ball.
Wire and snowflake charms with a Christmas tree at the bottom make up the mobile part.
Glitter glued to the glass ball with silver ribbon to hang it from and there you have it!
Everyone loved it! But, mailing this object failed a few times.
This Christmas ornament design comes from spiral mobiles I have made.
The mobiles are larger with more pieces than this little ornament.
It is brass sheet metal with brass wire and about 3 inches.
40-50 were made.
Year eight was this mobile ornament made from brass wire and jingle bells.
I made 40-50 of these and one larger piece as well as some earrings using this design.
The middle wire (I call the wires of mobiles armatures) shape has since become an often used design element in my wire sculptures and Christmas gift artwork.
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