Inspired to do… suncatchers! – by Tori James

Just in time for summer, well for the northern Hemisphere.

I love making suncatchers, it’s my contemplation time and I enjoy watching the sun dance and prance when it catches one of the mirrors~it’s fun to see the orbs in play! As an added bonus, hummingbirds love them too!

What You’ll need:

* driftwood or a dowel rod approx. 11″ in length.

* solder wire

* fishing line

* 5 eye screws

* clear adhesive (Personally, I use GOOP)

* bag of flat marbles/vase pebbles

* round or square mirrors

* beads or broken necklaces beads pieces

* wire cutter

How will it take to complete? It depends on you but the only definite is that after you adhere/glue your pieces together it MUST cure/dry overnight.

Let’s Do This:

1. cut (3) strands of fishing line 37″ in length.
Take each strand and fold in half…tie the folded end to an eyescrew…one strand for each screw. After tying make sure the know is secure as fishing line tends to slip.

2. On a relatively large work area (I use my dining room table since that’s the only action it gets:) lay out your design/pattern. I have a very loose formula I devised:

1st strand 9 units

2nd strand 7 units

3rd strand 9 or 10 units

** a unit is one item or grouping of beads, ie a mirror, a flat marbles, etc…

I like to vary my strand lengths so I make the middle strand a bit shorter. One of the outer ones a tad bit longer than the other.

3. Once you have all 3 strand deigns laid out it’s time to attach/adhere the flat marbles & mirrors, beads.. Always make sure the mirrors and flat marbles are the same size.

4. Let sit and cure-best to allow it to cure overnight.

5. Attach 2 eyescews to the top of the driftwood-space them accordingly as this will be the “hook”. Use a wire cutter and snip off as much solder wire-loop them thru the screws to form the handle.

6. Place driftwood across the strands and decide where you want to screw each strand Keep in mind balance is always important.

7. TAH-DAH! You did it! Congrats!

If you make one and feel inclined…please share your creation with me. Thanks!

About author

This article was written by Tori James

I can tell you the EXACT date when I received my 1st metal detector~July 1,1998...a glistening black Radio Shack metal detector. I had BIG plans. I went to the library, the local history section (I LOVE the library!)...and did research on lost treasures. No cache was secret OR safe... (I think I was a pirate in a pastlife:) I looked up old dumpsites, schoolhouses, churches and even privy digging methods! Ahhh, the early days. I've now upgraded to a "Fisher Aquanaut," I can dive shipwrecks, even though I haven't had a chance to do that...yet! My creating time is my contemplation time. I get lost in the process. Playing w/ shapes and color makes my soul happy. Oh! After a year of working in this form I discovered it has an 'official' name or technique...Pique Assiette; A French term meaning, "Stolen from the plate." Sooo...who was the original plate stealer? He's Raymond Isidore. In 1918 he began to collect pottery shards he found on his way to and from work. After years of zealous collecting, he covered every surface of his home, inside and out, with mosaic patterns. His neighbors derogatorily referred to him as "Picasseite"-Plate Stealer. I could hang with him...LOL My current full-time gig is as a radio DJ. Be the fun:) Tori James


Comments (3)
  1. Annette Rochelle Aben says - Posted: June 1, 2014

    You truly have this down pat and I am in awe with the ‘recipe’ as much as I am with the sun catcher itself. Perhaps I actually WILL try my hand at the creation of such a beautiful distraction..

  2. tori james says - Posted: June 3, 2014

    Annette….your comment made me smile! I can’t wait to see your creation!

  3. Samadhiatman500 says - Posted: July 18, 2014

    Thank you.

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