Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sun Moon + Stars: a bead embroidered pendant

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I fell in love with this pretty cabochon made by Susana Paredes!  When you have a super-colorful piece like this to work with, it's hard to narrow down to just a few colors for the beadwork, but if you don't, it can end up being really chaotic.  That's ok if that's what you're after.  As for me, I prefer to pick one or two main colors and fill in with neutrals.  At least most of the time!

When it came to the wrapped wire beads hanging from the crescent, I added a few more of the cabochon colors, and kept it asymmetrical but balanced.  If you need instruction on making a wrapped loop, there's a tutorial at the link using large gauge wire so you can really see what's being done.    

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Galaxies: a bead embroidered pendant

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I bought this set of polymer clay focals from my friend Mary Anne Williams Knapp of The Cat's Meow!  There's a bit of color-shift that you can't really see in the photos I took unless I show you two close-ups right next to each other.  Suffice it to say that I love this piece!  There were many color directions that I could have gone, but I'm very very satisfied with this one.  The smallest seed beads, size 15/0s, have a purplish cast to them, which is perfect, but funny enough, they are actually a luster cobalt!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ghost of the Forest: a bead embroidered owl pendant

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How cute is this guy?  He was made by talented artist Shari Smith McDermott, and I added a raku leaf by my friend Amy Mealey of Xaz Bead Company.  I wish you could see more of the detail on Shari's owl and more of the color flashes on Amy's leaf! 

I didn't want to lose any of the owl by bezeling over him, so I used epoxy to attach him to a deep felt backing: a thin piece of black felt over top of a cut out thick piece of felt so that he nestled in.  To do the beaded surround, I followed the same procedure as for this heavy piece, Davy Jones's Lock

Here are some links to other tutorials you may find helpful:
Square stitch bail Chapter 3 of Every Bead Has a Story

Butterfly bail

Open-center triangular bail

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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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

3-Tiered pendant

I thought I'd just show you my latest piece.  I don't have time to write too much about it right this minute, but just wanted to get it out there.  I broke my ankle, the holidays were busy, and I've not gotten much work done since the beginning of December.  This "retirement" thing is starting to actually creep up on me whether I want it or not!!

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