Saturday, July 1, 2017

Blue Lapis Beaded Cuff

The latest piece in the bead embroidery journey is this brass base cuff I made for a friend's birthday. I learned some new tricks which I intend to share in an upcoming post. I did not document the process because frankly, I had no idea if all the information I had acquired from various sources was going to work as planned. Another dumb luck project turned out brilliantly.  

A mention on the shop I have been purchasing the cabochons for all of my posts. The Etsy shop is called mygemgarden2. There is a wide selection of items and prices vary. I think their photos are pretty accurate in terms of stone colors. I can offer the shop owner is proficient with shipping quickly and packing the contents. The ship time to New York from China has been relatively quick (10 - 12 days). 

It was my first time using leather instead of microsuede for the backing. Either is fine, but I think I prefer the leather because it will repel any lotion or perfume the wearer might have on that day.

I had two different wrist models for this piece. It wasn't until I saw these pictures that I was really able to admire my work.  When I work on these pieces I am focused on getting the right seed bead colors and balance with the stones. I don't think about what outfits it can be paired with later. The model above was wearing a work outfit and the recipient of the bracelet is below and she was wearing an evening out dress. 

The brass cuff was very satisfying. I am looking forward to doing it again soon. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at the beaded collar I am working on now.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bead Embroidery Cuff Process

This embroidered cuff was designed to incorporate earthy colors. The 3 cabochons have spider veins that resemble trees or branches. Those characteristics helped me choose the the indian red, moss green, black, cream and bronze seed beads.

The cuff shape was drawn around the shape of the cabochons. My vision was to give the cabs dimension with a double row of beads and then create a flow of beads around them. I always try to get early photos of my creative process to encourage anyone thinking they can't master bead embroidery that they can do this with motivation and perseverance. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to lay the beads. This is your art!

Below is the photo with the initial drawing of the shape on the felt backing. (Hint: use backing that will be the least noticeable by using a felt color that is close to the lightest color beads. Then, use a magic marker in other areas to obscure the backing behind the darker beads.) After I finished the initial placement of the cabs, I did use black magic marker to hide the gray. 

After I glued the cabs down I used 11/0 round and 11/0 delicas for the double row around the side cabs.  On the middle cab I added the 15/0 pumpkin color beads to lift it off the cuff.  My personal style is to add dimension and focal points.

Below is a photo of the finished outline. At this point, I started to define the outer edge with the donut-like beads on the right.  

In the photo below the bead flow started to emerge. I added more rows behind the donut-like beads and left an area for a completely different design. I added the black 12M bugle beads at the center of the cuff to set the center cab apart.  

In this last photo you can see I am basically just filling in the areas with the bead flow pattern.

It was backed with black microsuede and edged with 11/0 matte black seed beads. The clasp is a black hook and eye.

Because I am not always sure if I will keep my art or sell it I tend to size everything to fit me. This cuff measures 6 1/2 inches.  It's not too snug, nor does it slide on the wrist.  For now, it is on my art shelf for viewing and future inspiration.

Update:  The cuff was gifted to my sister for her birthday. She loves it!

I hope seeing my creative process was encouraging to anyone thinking about bead embroidery.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beaded Hair Accessory

I just finished this hair barrette this week. It took a little longer than I expected to fill in the space around the medallion. I designed the barrette around a 4 inch clasp and the brass medallion size resulting in  a barrette measuring approximately 2 x 4 inches. I purchased the brass medallion a few years ago and really wanted to find a use for it. The seed beads I used are jewel tones in gold, sapphire blue, dark red, dark magenta and green. The brass beads and gold bugle beads that I lined around the medallion provided a nice dimension.

The 4 inch clasp is firmly secured to a genuine black leather backing. This size clasp is perfect for a thick mane of hair. 

I stitched around the edges with sapphire blue and green seed beads giving it a nice finished look. 

This item is available in my Etsy shop for $60. It's a one-of-a-kind art piece that will surely draw attention.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beaded Cuff

The beaded collar opened my eyes to the art of bead embroidery. What I like most about bead embroidery is there is no such thing as a mistake. The placement of the cabochons, beads and color palette is wide open for an artistic expression. The upside to bead embroidery is it gives me an opportunity to finally use some of the bead inventory I have collected over the years.

This cuff is about 2 inches in width and about 6.5 inches long. The clasp on cuffs really need to be planned out in advance.  Being this was my first cuff that was not the case. The ending was an after thought that worked out just fine.  I ended it with a leather cord glued between the micro suede backing and gave it a decorative button.

The next projects are another beaded cuff and hair barrette. Stay tuned for those pictures in a few days.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bead Embroidery

The art of bead embroidery has always intrigued me. I have admired the work of many artists. I even purchased several cabochons back in 2011 with great intentions. Recently, I has some time following a foot surgery.  I searched for the 2011 purchase and dove into that creative space. 

My warm up project was the dragon fly pin. I learned a few things in this design, but all inall it came out fine. 

The next design was a collar necklace that was dumb luck because the only plan I had was to glue down the cabs. The remainder of the design was what I call painting with beads. I knew it needed to have dimension or it would fall short for presentation. The shape of the collar was designed to follow the red jasper cab placements. I settled on a double bead placement technique and swirled in the colors of the cabs. 

Without much planning I ended up with an Egyptian theme. Ironically, I have been fascinated with Egypt's history since early grade school and I did get to travel there 7 years ago. They say an artist draws from their life experiences so I guess that has to be true. 

I hope to expand my creative space so it is my greatest pleasure to list the beaded necklace in my Etsy shop. Please stop by for a visit to see more of my work.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black Metallic Flower

I am still enjoying this borrowed design color possibilities. I used 3 different bead colors; gunmetal, shiny black, peacock blue. This color approach definitely enhanced the two dimensional design.  The pattern came from this Etsy shop -  Eridhan Creations/In Memory of Eridhan.

I have modified the design with a rivoli in the center instead of a pearl. To affix it I am using the E6000 glue. Works great here and I also use it to attach the circular foundation on the back where I affix the pin with glue as well. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I Love Silver

Silver seed beads are truly my favorite. In this design I have combined metallic and matte silver. The photo looks like I shot it in black and white. It's just the true color of the seed beads.

These earrings are for sale in my Etsy shop for $33. The ear latches are sterling silver.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Peyote Pattern Making

There are 4 new peyote triangle pattern downloads available in my Etsy shops. These are not actual tutorials demonstrating the peyote triangle pattern. They are word instructions only to place the beads by color in each pattern.  I highly recommend having some knowledge of the peyote triangle pattern and the rest is super easy to follow.

If you need a new challenge and have some 11.0 Delica seed beads they make perfect gifts.