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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