Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Burnie Beans and Aboriginal Art

A burnie bean is a bean from the Monkey ladder vine which is found in wetlands and rainforests in Australia and other parts of the world.  They grow in huge pods, up to 6 feet long.  They look much like a flattened buckeye.  They are used by the aboriginal people, as well as others in jewelry as well as in other objects.  The name comes from the fact that, when the beans are rubbed together they produce heat.  The beans are inedible, they are highly toxic.

Aboriginal folk law says that to carry a burnie bean brings good luck, as well as a connection to mother earth.

On my post titled "Back to Work"  I committed to making some Burnie bean beads, which I did--one just went into the kiln.  In my mind I don't have a shaky hand and I always think that I can do anything that I put my mind to--which I can't.  My first burnie bead is acceptable--but hardly exciting!  I am also obsessed with my "Ice" technique and have little interest in doing anything else at this time.  I am also thinking of getting away from beads and jewelry and into some more sculptural pieces.

As to my work sometimes not resembling what's in my mind's eye--I will no longer talk about my ideas for my projects, but post them as they grow.  So...on that note...I do have myt next project in mind, but won't spill the beans til it is further along.  Also, as it was 110 degrees in Australia for much of our trip, to translate any of that into "Ice" will take some doing!

So...on that note... I post one picture of my version of a "Burnie Bean":

...and on to some more travel memories--while I can still remember them!

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