Thursday, November 4, 2010

Whirligig Mobile

I've been meaning to put this up since the post about terrariums!
I should update about mine-I upgraded it and its doing super well!

Anyway. It was my bestie Patricia who got me into mobiles. She has this amazing mobile above her dinner table that is dozens and dozens of origami fish. She gave one to us, made up of three cranes circling underneath a circular peacock feather. Peacock feathers are her thing.

My thing is kinda maple seeds. I love the little seeds that helicopter down gracefully!
I found this kind of resin that you can use to preserve the maple seeds and created my own mobile. I used bamboo for the frame and I used fishing line instead of thread or string because I wanted them to twirl as if they were falling from a tree.

I hung it up in our bedroom, right next her crane mobile!

This is what they look like when you're lying down on the bed and looking up.

Its such a tough object to photograph because the seeds are thin and always spiraling around.

I actually added more to this since I took photos-I preserved many seeds to make earrings and a necklace. Thats the original reason for preserving them-I never would've dreamed about making a mobile with them!
I've been toying with the idea of making an autumn leaf mobile but the thing about resin is that its toxic and not the easiest material to work with. You're not supposed to touch it, even...and that totally happened.


  1. so creative!

    p.s. I'm having a giveaway over on my blog for a vintage cross necklace if you'd like to check it out. :)

  2. Hey! I like your blog.. I like these mobiles. We have a crane mobile in my house as well. We made it from branches, yarn, and origami paper.

    I'm also having a giveaway, if you'd like to pop by, it's a good one! $25 gift certificate to my Etsy shop. Paloma Vintage Giveaway!