2011/07/18

Quilled bumble bee

Homyachok challenge blog has started a new quilling challenge today!!! The title is Wings of summer - create any quilled project which must include at least one "thing with wings" and at least one flower (if you joined us for "Solo" challenge - use that flower in your work).
Things with wings can be different: butterflies, flies, bees, dragonflies, other winged insects, birds... or anything you can think of that has something to do with summer =)

When I got the task I thought about butterflies - that's obvious, but for me it was too obvious. So I looked for some inspiration on Inna's blog, she loves to quill insects, so I thought I could get some cute idea. But I stumbled upon another great "thing": Quilled Totoro toy! I LOVED the look of that little cute furry and fluffy creature =) Of course he has nothing to do with summer nor with wings =) But it brought an idea of making a nice fluffy 3D bumble bee! =)
So I started making paper fringes... it took ages =)
And finally I came up with this:


Front view:

A winged thing trying to find some honey in the solo flower =)


Actually when I was making this guy I expected it to become a little cute fluffy bee, but when I finished I had a feeling of Dr. Frankenstein! I made a monster! He's very big (like 4,5 cm / 2"), he weighs 3 g (0,1 oz), he has predatory antennae and scary hairy legs =) He really scares me, but I was courageous enough to touch this monster =)


Next I began arranging the project. Solo flower and the monster-bee. It turned out to be a card:

But it was the way too heavy and had too much dimension for a simple card.

So I made a kind of "home decor":
a flower in a vase with a bumblebee on top:


The flower has a wooden stem which is inserted in a bottle filled with aromatic oils of two green shades. So they not only look nice, but smell great too! =)

So, that were my "wings of summer". Would you like to join us too?


By the way, when I have almost finished my bumble bee and was happy that I "invented" such a thing... I found examples of fluffy bees:
Quilling by ManuK based on tutorial by Lora
Follow the second link to see a detailed tutorial.
Well, my bumblebee was made in a different way - it's bigger and consists of many parts... and probably later I'll post my own tutorial =)
Thanks for looking!!!

P.S.: I made a tutorial for this guy, so there you go:
English tutorial, Русский МК

23 comments:

  1. Алёна, шмелик - супер!!!!!!!! Умничка!!!

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  2. Лариса, спасибо большое =)

    Divya, thanks a lot!!

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  3. Congratulations, Aljona, your fluffy bee turned out great - very realistic! It would be nice to see a tutorial for it! I wonder how small you can make it and still keep all these details (legs, husked wings and the antennae). My bee was no bigger than 2cm.

    Great job!

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  4. Thank you, Manuela =) Your comment is very inspiring =) My bumblebee is really a big one, it's like 6 cm long - you can see how large this monster is in comparison to my fingers. So the size allowed me to make it look "realistic". My husband says that I must quill a wife for him a couple of kids =))) maybe I'll make them, and make them smaller - and I'll see "how small I can keep them" =)
    Thanks again!

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  5. Алена, я в очередной раз поражена! Полный восторг! У тебя золотые руки!

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  6. Какая красотища! Алена, ты искусница. Пчелка как живая получилась!!!

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  7. The wing is especially beautiful

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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  8. Оля, Света, Катя, спасибо большое, дорогие мои =) Очень приятно =)

    Dr Sonia S V - thank you very much! =)

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  9. Алена, шмель супер! шикарный! Просто слов нет! Как живой! Да, ты права, его бы поменьше :))) Но покa не видишь ориентира...
    P.S. Почитала твой ответ ManuK, посмеялась :)

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  10. Ой, Алена, спасибо за ссылки нa мой блог, рада, что мой пушистик тебя вдохновил на такого крылатого красавца!
    (Писала, писала прошлый коммент, и не дописала...)

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  11. Я опять к тебе заглянула на шмелика посмотреть - МК будет!!!!!!! Уж очень впечатлил!!

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  12. Ален, просто чудо какое-то! Потрясающая работа!

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  13. Алена, вот это работа!!! Супер!!! как живой!!! С ума сойти!!!
    Пищу от восторга!!!!!

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  14. Инна, спасибо большое за комментарии =) Очень приятно. Замерила, кстати, его сегодня с линейкой - тело 4 см, с лапами 4,5. Значит, он все-таки не такой большой, как я думала =)
    Лариса, МК будет =) На следующей неделе, как все фотки доработаю и схемки отрисую =)
    Оля, Катя, спасибо большое, девочки! Смущаете =)
    Suganthi - thank you very much!

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  15. I am completely in awe of this....WOW! You are incredible, Helen!!

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  16. Thank you very much, Kelly! =) I appreciate your attention =)

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  17. Алена! твой волоснянковый жужик - супер!!! я в восторге!!! ...нет, этож надо так скопировать! не боишься, что настоящие его за родного примут?
    Больше всего голова и лапки понравились. Не представляю, как так "по-настоящему" можно из бумаги сделать!!!

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  18. Спасибо, Леночка =)
    Не боюсь, для настоящих он слишком большой будет ;)

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  19. This bee was very beautiful!
    Nati from Brazil

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