August 22, 2012

"Glass" Sculptures



Bria was so intrigued by all the sculptures we saw on our recent trip to Indianapolis, especially the large lass sculpture in the middle of the Children's Museum.  The sculpture entitled "Fireworks of Glass" is 43 feet tall rising up 3 stories in the museum.  In the basement you can see the ceiling of glass underneath it.




 You can also create your own masterpiece using their plastic pieces.  Bria even had all the kids working on one piece for a while.


 I figured we could make something on a much smaller scale that would be similar to those large pieces. Initially, I was looking for light brite pegs to use as glass pieces, but couldn't find any around here.  I did find something I thought would work much better though.....silly straws! The clear, colored plastic in unique shapes would resemble the actual glass pieces much better. I did buy some bright colored play dough to match the straws too.


 I bought a few packages and went home to do some cutting.  Using my animal nail clippers I cut each straw into 4 or 5 pieces.



I did save a couple for the girls to use, but really, who wants to clean these things ever!


The girls had a good time building and rebuilding their sculptures.  They tried sculptures of all one shape or all one color, but they always ended up mixed together.










Aren't they pretty! We are thinking of making them permanent by using the oven bake clay, baking it without the straws in it (just the holes), and then adding the straws!




48 comments:

  1. I love this!! So creative to use the silly straws for the sculptures.

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    1. Thank you! I was happy to find to silly straws!

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  2. What a fantastic idea. They look wonderful!

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    1. Thank you! They were fun to make too!

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  3. Oh, those are beautiful! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I loved what you were doing with the famous artists this week; I will have to do that when my kids are a little older!

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  4. How beautiful! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime.

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    1. Thank you for hosting! I hope you try it; it was a lot of fun!

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  5. Oh I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! We've been to the Indianapolis Children's mUseum and besides being an AMAZING museum, this glass sculpture is stunning & HUGE! What a super creative thing to make. I am pinning away and sharing on Facebook with my readers here: https://www.facebook.com/LivingLifeIntentionally
    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week =-)
    Beth

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    1. The museum (and sculpture) are fantastic aren't they! I am so glad we made it there! Thank you so much for sharing our little sculptures!

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  6. Such a clever idea...I'm featuring this on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for hosting and for featuring our little project!

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  7. How beautiful and creative! I'm featuring you on It's Playtime today!

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    1. Thank you for featuring our sculptures and for taking the time to host the link party!

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  8. Oh, how beautiful!! I love this idea! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for hosting too; I always see fun ideas!

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  9. This is an AWESOME idea! We have been to the Indy Children's Museum, and my kiddos love it when we can recreate something we have encountered in person...

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  10. Wish I would have seen this post last week. We just finished up a month long unit study on sand and glass. I am going to pin this to my sand unit study board for other people see. We actually used the Indianapolis website for our unit study. Great idea.

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    1. I hope you still get a chance to try it! It was a lot of fun!

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  11. LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing this. And what a meaningful and fun way to get kiddos connected with art.

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate everyone's kind words!

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  12. This is an awesome idea! I love Chihuly, and this is a great way to introduce his work to my kids. Wish I lived closer to Indiana so I could see that sculpture..!

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    1. I hope you can see it in person some day; it is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Not sure how I missed your comment before, but I do appreciate it!

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  14. Couldn't you use a small styrofoam ball to stick the straws in? A paper plate of glue then dab the bottom in glue before you stick the straws in?

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    1. I'm sure you could. I personally prefer the smooth and colorful look of the play dough.

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  15. Brilliant! We love visiting the Children's Museum. I'll definitely be doing this with Bobo. Pinned it.

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    1. Thanks for visiting! The Children's Museum is awesome; I hope we can visit again next year!

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  16. Fantastic! We visit these sculptures several times a year and I have been trying to think of a way to recreate it at home. Do you live near there?

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    1. We don't; which is sad because that place is fantastic! Thanks for visiting!

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  17. Oh my!! What a cute cute cute way to replicate the glass sculptures you saw. BRILLIANT. I am impressed and inspired.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Arty!

    Lovely to have you join in.

    Maggy

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    1. Thanks Maggy! The actual sculptures are beautiful, and I think the little replicas are pretty cute. :)

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  18. What a wonderful idea! I have seen chandeliers that looked like this at a museum in Washington, DC.

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    1. I love glass sculptures; they are so stunning! The girls had fun making these, and I am interested to see if they remember when we go back this year. (I hope we get to go back this year.) Thanks for visiting!

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  19. So clever and such fun looking works of art! I've visited before but found this link through KC Edventures Museum Linky. Love the idea! I added my Kandinksy Jello Art link: http://lalymom.blogspot.com/2013/05/kandinsky-jello-art.html

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    1. Thanks for visiting again Laura! I loved your jello; looks like so much fun!

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  20. I’m so glad you linked this post to Discover and Explore. I have a pack of straws just waiting for the right day to do this project! I’ll be featuring this post on Tuesday. Excited to see what you share for our Zoos and Wild Animals theme this week.

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    1. I hope they love making them; I know mine had a good time! We will have to get the straws out again if we get to visit again this summer! Thanks for hosting and visiting!

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  21. Brilliant! We saw this great sculptures at the Indy Children's museum on a trip we took a few years back - it is really stunning! Thanks for sharing at Discover & Explore this past week -- I'll be featuring your post tomorrow :)

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    1. It is amazing! Thanks for hosting and featuring me!

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  22. I just saw this in Fantastic Fun and Learning's feature. It's brilliant! We love the Indianapolis museum, and I can't wait to try making our own sculptures! (I'm off to go pin~!)

    Rachael
    (Nothing if Not Intentional)

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    1. Thanks for visiting and pinning! It was so easy and so much fun for the kids! I hope we get to go back this year!

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  23. the San Antonio public library has a sculpture just like the one in your pictures as there big main feature in the middle. How awesome it is to see this one!

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    1. Awesome! I love glass sculptures! Thanks for visiting!

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  24. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/straw-sculpture/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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    1. Thanks for the feature! I will have to stop by and grab a button!

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