Part one of my beading through time challenge! This is Yohoia tenuis
, a great appendage arthropod from the middle Cambrian, present in the Burgess Shale. The actual animal was only 23mm long, but this one is a lot bigger being almost 20cm in length.
I was tempted to go with something a bit more well known, but in the end I decided to make something more obscure. I quite enjoy having to read up about things before I make them, it means I know I have learnt something by the end, even if I don't like the result. However I am pretty pleased with this, I think arthropods lend themselves well to being made out of beads. I even managed to make it so that is can move, the segments were all made individually so it can coil into all sorts of positions. Also, as you can probably tell I discovered the dodge tool while editing this... Do let me know if it's a bit too bright, I wasn't sure when to stop XD
I had a great deal of fun with the paddles, I spent far too much time shaking it around to make them flap. The head I struggled with though, it took several attempts to get one that fit the body (I have three of them floating around my beading bag). Also, is it just me or do the great appendages seem quite similar in structure to sarcopterigian fin bones? I have probably just spent too long staring at them...
Size 11 seed beads, large round beads, glass beads, beading wire of various thicknesses, beading thread.
Others in this series:
Cambrian: Yohoia tenuis