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The Blue Morpho Beaded Butterfly

By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Beadphoria and Suzann Sladcik Wilson were recently featured in the Simply Beads Newsletter about our beaded butterflies. Barb Switzer, who is the editor of the newsletter and a fabulous wire artist herself, wrote the wonderful piece.

Several people have written me with questions. Here is some more information about the project:

What was the motivation behind the butterflies? Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care here in Park Ridge, IL wanted to bring awareness to their in-patient unit  called “The Ark”. The public art project featured pairs of animals sponsored by local businesses. Beadphoria was commissioned by Resurrection Hospital to bring the butterflies to life. We are grateful to Resurrection Hospital for this opportunity and look forward to seeing the statues on at the Hospital after they come off of display at the Park Ridge parks.

Where are they now? – They are currently at Cumberland Park in Park Ridge, IL on Cumberland Ave., about a block south of  Touhy Ave. .

How tall are the butterflies? – They are about 4 feet high by 3 feet wide.

How did you do it? – I downloaded some pictures of butterflies and then sketched the designs right onto the statues. I then labeled what colors should go where. Myself and many fantastic volunteers then glued each bead in place.

How long did they take? – We were on a very tight production schedule. The Monarch had to be done in about 2.5 weeks for an opening gala event. All in all, about 6 weeks for both with many helping hands!

Continue reading our story to see the progression!What is the base made out of? – It is made out of fiberglass, similar to the animals on parade in other cities.

Where did the statues come from? – Rainbow Hospice commissioned Orlandi Statuary here in Chicago to create them. You can find out more about them at www.orladnistatuary.com

What adhesive did you use? – After much trial and error, Liquid Nails – Small Projects Clear really did the trick! We probably used over 100 tubes!

How many beads did you use? – Each Butterfly had over 20,000 beads.

Where did you get your beads? – Between Micheal’s, Jo-Ann’s, Darice, Beads in Bulk (yes, I actually ordered pounds of beads!), Shipwrecked Beads, and Intergem Bead Show that happened to be in town.

If you have any more questions about the Beaded Butterflies, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.

Inside of the Beaded Monarch wings.