Posted on January 14th, 2013 by Anna in Events, Programs, Teen Services
Tags: duct tape, messanger bag, tie, wallets
Last week we had an awesome duct tape workshop. I still find it amazing the things one can make from duct tape, and the fact that the tape itself comes in so many different colors and designs. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which color to use for a project!
Below, are two projects that were made that day, a colorful necktie, that really is knotted around Edward Cullen’s neck like a real tie, and a messanger bag that works just as good as anything you can buy in a store! Check them out! And if you’re interested in making anything with duct tape because you missed the exciting workshop, all you need are three basic things: duct tape in colors you love, a pair of tough scissors, and a ruler. Here are two books with fantastic design ideas for everyone:
Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson
Got Tape by Ellie Schiedermayer
Posted on June 29th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Programs
Tags: craft hour, Japanese art, kumihimo braiding, Pride Month
Kumihimo is a style of braiding that was originally used in ancient Japan. They used the marudi loom for their braiding and make some really intricate and beautiful braiding. The following website will give you more information about the history of kumihimo braiding – http://www.englisch.kumihimo.de/html/history.html.
Today kumihimo braiding can also be done on a nice foam disk. Other types of looms or disks are used as well. Kumihimo braiding is so simple and you can see results rather quickly if you aren’t gabbing with everyone. The following YouTube page has a great tutorial showing how to braid on a Kumihimo foam disk – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suUcFpj4OsA&feature=related.
Why am I telling you all of this… well for Pride Month, on June 20, 2012, the Copley Teen Room Teen/Tween Craft Hour made rainbow braids using a kumihimo disk. We actually ended up making a pretty advanced mode due to the number of strands we used (18 strands). Usually beginners start with 8 strands. And I have to tell you, we did an amazing job. The following are a few pictures of what we made at various stages. It maybe be hard to notice the braids in the pictures but they were there. Also everyone ended up with a slightly different variation than what we started with and really made the braids their own creation.
1. Still on the disk:
2. Finished project
You can make bracelets, necklaces keychains, fobs for your backpacks and more. You can get even more creative as you continue braiding on the kumihimo disk like using glow in the dark thread/floss or adding beads. Kumihimo braiding is such a relaxing craft and you can do just about anywhere, even on the bus. The hardest part is chosing your colors and placement of the strands. I suggest as a beginner to prepare that part at home.
Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Akunna in Programs, Resources, Teen Services
Tags: art, Henna tattoos, Summer Reading 2012, teen
Summer begins this week! To start us off, local artist Nimmi will be doing henna tattoos at a number of branches this month. If you’ve never seen what these beautiful, temporary tattoos look like, take a look below:
Go to our Events for Teens tab on the BPL Summer Reading page to find out where and when Nimmi will be doing henna tattoos.
The art of making henna tattoos, called mendhi, goes way back, at least 5,000 years. If you want to know more about it AND learn how to make your own designs, here’s a good place to start.
If you need some ideas for what you’d like drawn on you, the Henna Page Symbol Index has some suggestions.
Posted on May 29th, 2012 by Mary in Events, Programs, Teen Services
Tags: craft, masks, teen/tween
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the Copley Teen Room had our Teen/Tween Craft Hour. We had lots of fun painting precut wooden masks. Everyone had a different idea of what they wanted on their masks-paint, embellishments, feathers and more. One mask is on display in the glass display case in the Copley Teen Room.
Here are two pictures showing 4 masks that were made:
Our next craft hour will be on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. For information, please contact the Copley Teen Room.
Posted on April 30th, 2012 by Anna in Events, Programs
Tags: poems, poetry, teen poem
“Revolution” by M.
Only we will
kiss the fire
one heart blazes war
but near the sun
comes absolute light
“Friends” by M.
Friends are something
friends are something
you have to hold on to,
make each day last,
keep your friends
close some might say,
but keep your heart
“The End Of The World As We Know It” by Mary Devine, Teen Librarian
the Earth reclaims with Nature
Green lucious trees and plants
Vines winding floor to floor
Animals reclaim their kingdom
Cars and metal become rust
Piles of Dust
All we are is dust in the wind,