I made this mobile last weekend for one of my little friends for her first birthday:
It was more fun and challenging than I expected, but I am so happy with how it turned out. It was not easy to make each piece spin freely without ever crashing into the others, so it took a lot of careful adjusting.
I added some nature treasures that I had gathered and enjoyed over the years, and it was so gratifying to see them in this new way. I spent a lot of time thinking about the textures and weights and how to make them balance both physically and aesthetically. This is one of my favorite parts:
The crow feather is so light that it catches every small puff of wind, and it spins more easily than the other elements. I put a small metal weight on the tip in order to make it hang horizontally. Here's a closer look:
I've had the abalone shell for many years, and have always loved how rough and dark it is on one side and pearly iridescent on the other.
I wanted some other shiny elements to catch her little eye, so I wrapped some sections of the apple branches with pieces of wire that used to belong to my grandmother.
The smooth, dark branches were gleaned from our favorite apple ranch, and the others are fallen sycamore branches from trees in our neighborhood.
Now I want to make another.