Inch Worms on the Deck

Lindly Haunani, Wormy Beads 3

This event remains crystallized in my mind like a fly in amber, and may have not been what happened at all… Elise and I had just finished constructing the first all  metal tube bead cutter on her deck, when we spotted a small green inch worm making its way across the deck railing. We took the insect inside for closer inspection under the light on the studio desk.

Lindly Haunani, Original Wormy Bead Necklaces, 1995A small lump of light green clay, close to the color of the bug, made its way onto a bead mandrel, and instead of cutting all the way through the clay with the cutter I scored the clay lightly. Elise picked up the clay and twisted it to make a “worm” bead, handed it to me and when I tried to give it back- she made a gesture as in “Keep it it is yours.” We put the inchworm back outside and the bead in the oven.

Hundreds of “worm” necklaces later, in different scales, different transparencies, different color ways- I remain fascinated by the twisted beads’ ability to help establish strong, somewhat mischevieous stringing rhythms.

Lindly Haunani, Wormy Beads 2

A lifelong artist, Lindly was delighted when she discovered polymer clay in 1988. Admired for her gently empowering teaching style, Lindly has taught hundreds of polymer clay workshops during the past fifteen years. A founding member of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the co-editor of their newletter for three years, Lindly remains active in the polymer clay community.