...a tatted atom. Before you jump to the conclusion that I'm developing "mad scientist" tendencies, let me explain. Just a few weeks ago I discovered that there was something called Atomic Style, and, well, I sort of think it's cool! Find out more at the Atomic Addiction blog.
As soon as I saw a drawing of an atom, I thought, "Hey, that shouldn't be much trouble to tat." I was wrong! Designing a tatted atom presented several major difficulties: positioning the tatted chains to look like they are orbiting the center "nucleus", getting the orbits to cross each other, placing the "electrons" to appear as though they are orbiting, and curving the chains to form a recognizable "atom" shape.
So far, this is my best effort, and it's still sort of sloppy, with no good hiding places for the 6 ends involved. I sewed them into the chains near the center. But, on the plus side, it does give the impression of an atom, I think.
So far I've done "50s" colors of pink and aqua with shiny silver beads, then I tried a mocha brown with brass and added picots around the "electrons" to give it more of an early 20th century look. Not that any of these would have been tatted in any of those time periods - that wasn't the style of tatting done back then. So, as usual, I'm just doing my own thing here - 21st century tatting!