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Simple Pleasures

Toy Figure 6.19.10

aluminum, stainless, polyurethane, wood, ceramic

6 x 5 x 17”

Buster Takes a Rest

polyurethane, steel, stainless steel, aluminum

12 x 7.5 x 3.5’

stress evaluation instrument #2


aluminum, enamel

23 x 15 x 12”


paper, wood, wire, string, beads

2 x 9 x 5"

Simple Pleasures

Originally appearing as The Lightbug in Beadwork magazine (June/July 2003), this posting describes how to make a simple figure from a twig, wire and beads—a four legged "bug"—inspired by a renewed appreciation for the simple materials and crafts of my youth. By showing how to replicate a basic figure, my intent is to provide a springboard for more creative interpretations of bug-ness.

rope-twirling cowboy from an X-Acto Suji Wire Art Kit and two twig figures, beads and wire, simple bead and wire bug (top right), two bugs with greater detailing (bottom right)


examples of beaded bugs

For me the essence of a bug consists of  the more mammalian four legs + head, spine, and torso.  The spines/backbones of my first bugs were rib bones of small animals that i found for sale at the Santa Fe flea market. However, spines can be made in many ways and as part of my updated notes, i show spines made from tree and shrub cuttings.


Interested in making a bug of your own? Previously, I've posted notes on tools, materials, and my construction process.

If interested, let me know.


SuJi Wire Art Kits from the late 50's - early 60's

(the wire in these kits is 22AWG fabric covered Western Electric switchboard wire . . . perhaps recycled material