Years ago, I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a student exchange program to South Korea. I absolutely fell in love with the language, culture, and especially the food. Oh kimchi motherland how i long for you...but I digress... I visited gorgeous and colorful Buddhist temples and statues throughout the country but I especially loved their Zen rock balancing gardens. Rock balancing is definitely an art form that takes "practice makes perfect" to a whole other level. In Asia and Europe there are festivals entirely devoted to this art form. Rock balancing represents many philosophical ideas and symbols including, the Buddha, patience, meditation, and life markers for you path in life. My path has lead me to crafting - so craft I must! Here is my modern twist on rock balancing. I used these golden glass nuggets to create photo holders but you could substitute photos for placement cards, as well.
Supplies: Glass rocks, metallic gold spray paint, spiral paper clips, bead landing headpins, and a glue gun
Before you glue your rocks, stack them to make sure they fit together well. That way you don't need to use too much glue and it will look more clean and natural.
Glue the top and bottom of the spiral paper clip to the bead landing pin
Give it a little spray paint
Glue the pin to the top of the rock...this may take some of your Zen patience!
A little more spray paint so the glue is covered
I think stacking them at different heights works really well in a set
Now grab that glue gun, find your Zen, and rock on!!!
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