Jan 19, 2022 Activities & Education Learn about Dale Chihuly’s work Azure Icicle Chandelier. Then make your own winter chandelier inspired by the beauty of nature. Look Closer: Dale Chihuly, Azure Icicle Chandelier, 2016, blown glass and steel, 210 in. × 105 in. × 101 in. (533.4 × 266.7 × 256.5 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2019.11. Photography by Edward C. Robison III. Take a close look at this sculpture. What does the artwork remind you of? How might it feel if you could touch it? Dale Chihuly created the Azure Icicle Chandelier specifically for Crystal Bridges’ Modern Art Gallery bridge to reflect the water, light, and glass on each side of the space. This work is made of blown glass. Glass blowing is a technique that involves heating glass until it becomes molten–in a liquid state. This glass can then be inflated into a bubble using a blowpipe and formed into a variety of shapes. This work is made of many different pieces of glass. Take a look at how many are placed together to create this chandelier! Activity: Build a Winter Chandelier Materials: Embroidery hoop Yarn Scissors Instructions: Step 1: Start by placing the end of your string onto your palm and hold with your thumb. Begin wrapping the string around your fingers. Step 2: After wrapping the string around many times, cut the end. The more times you wrap the string, the thicker the pom pom will be. Step 3: Slide the yarn off your hand, being careful to keep it in place. Sit the yarn bundle on top of a cut piece of string. Tie the string as tight as you can in the middle of the bundle. Step 4: Trim the pom pom in order to create even lengths of string and to shape. Step 5: Take the smaller circle in your embroidery hoop and tie your pom poms onto the hoop at different lengths. Also add two strings at the top to use for hanging your work of art. This works best in an “X” pattern to hang evenly. Helpful hint: Ask other members of your family to make pom poms. Because everyone has different-sized hands, this will mean you now have a variety! Have fun exploring! Share your winter chandelier with us on social media – tag #crystalbridges on Instagram. Written by Marlie Allgood, art instructor, Crystal Bridges.