November 15, 2015

Easter Island Statues and Beads

Hi there! My name is Anastasia, I am designer at Dreams and Elements and very honored to be a guest writer in Sherri's blog!

Today I will tell you about my biggest inspiration – Moai statues from Easter Island.

There is a lot to tell about Moai, but in today's post I will just highlight the main information about these mysterious monoliths. Many people already know, that these grumpy-looking guys are found in Easter Island, which is located in the South Pacific Ocean, few thousand miles from Chile's west coast. Many archaeologists believe, that Moai are representation of the ancient Polynesian's ancestors. Despite being called "Easter Island Heads", these guys are actually whole-body statues - on the early known photographs of them, their bodies were hidden in the ground. They were are carved out of compressed volcanic ash, basalt, trachyte and red scoria. 

How did I get the idea to make little grumpy Moai-ish faces on my beads and jewelry? It is really a funny story - once I saw a dream where I was observing Easter Island at night. Moai statues were so mysterious and beautiful on a starry night sky background, it seemed very real. When I woke up I had an urge to try to make some stylized beads with pouty faces out of polymer clay and to my surprise they ended up looking pretty cool! I hope you like them too :)

Fun fact: some Easter Island Heads actually used to have eyes! It was discovered, that statues used to have eyes made out of coral with either black obsidian or red scoria pupils.

This is it for today. Thank you very much for reading, you are all awesome!



  1. Very cool inspiration! really love the look of your beads

  2. Super awesome work!!! So glad u decided to participate in the your work and inspiration!!!!

  3. I'm such a fan! Thanks for playing along with us and for doing this guest post!!

  4. Thank you soooo much everyone! <3 And special thanks to Sherri for inviting me to participate!

  5. Back in time and here in the present as well. Your polymer heads are great - the bead set is really lovely!


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