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Bird-in-Tree: a bead embroidered pendant

It's hard to capture the beautiful shine and flash of a piece of raku.  I bought several amazing pieces from Amy Mealey's trunk show last month, and this is the second focal I've gotten to.  You can see the first here at Moon bead embroidered pendant.  The color differences are part art and part magic!

This pendant had a hole at the top, so I filled it with a little antique swallow button that I had.  And of course the swallow needs something to sleep in...  The tree was added after the bezel was complete, which allows some trial and error with easy removal if you don't like the first results.  And I didn't!  I think I redid most of it at least twice.  Now I have a better idea of how to do it, and I hope the next one (if there is a next one) will come together more easily.

Further instruction on making bead embroidered pieces can be found in Every Bead Has a Story, where the first chapter is free to download.

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Your so right about the colours Cyndi there really is an air of magic about them. I bet they shimmer and shine so much in real time. Those green seed bead fringes resemble little caterpillars it's as if the are all emerging from the tree!! That swallow button acts as the perfect embellishment. Another beautiful piece.
Creative Hugs Tracey xx