Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ghost of the Forest: a bead embroidered owl pendant


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.

Copyright 2020 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 

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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