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The Making of a Beaded Rooster..

Adventures in Bead Embroidery

During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!

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I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red &  yellow.

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Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!

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Alternating between Magatamas and size 15’s, I worked…

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Wire Work

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The Earrings above are almost ready to hang on a card and attach ear nuts to

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Wire, Hammer and Block wire cutters and wrapping tools

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So many ideas

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Containers of assorted beads to pick from for just the right combination of color

 

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A nice day to read blogs, play with the pup and make a few pretty things for the Holiday Fair.

 

 

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Lost In Play Today

While I wait for results on my MRI I decided to play with my Polymer Clay. I will be doing a craft fair locally in November so I better get busy and create.

First batch was done in bright colors

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I had my breakfast and did the dishes and swept the floors and before I knew it I was gathering supplies in my nightgown and sat down and began to play.  Creating something colorful and wild again.  It has been awhile since I just sat and played.   Felt good.  I looked up at 1:00 PM and I was still in Nightgown with many pretty items to bake so I can turn them into pieces of jewelry for the sale in November and maybe some for my friend’s store in Newburyport too.

 

Have an awesome weekend!

 

Oh wait my cat played with her friends today 🙂

 

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Alone With My Beads/Daily Prompt: The Zone

Inspiration comes in many forms but when it happens to me I either grab a camera or my Blue Tray upon which I do my Beading.

I head into the spare bedroom,  though there is no bed and open up the many drawers and containers I have full of beads.  As I poke around I zero in on the colors I have available.  I used to just have colors of the Sea.  I have been beading for two years now and have some of each color it seems.

So with tray in one hand I begin to add beads, needles, thread and findings to complete a project.  Who knows if I will sit and work it to the end or put it aside half-finished for a later day.

Even when gathering the supplies to make something pretty and new,  I slip into THE ZONE.  You have to or the creative juices can stop flowing,  even before you begin.

Now with all I think I will need,  piled high upon my blue tray,  I sit at the table over looking the yard and river with my dog and cat close by.  I add the string to my needle,  usually Fireline so the piece will last for years and then I use the needle to pick up one tiny seed bead at a time.  I like using 15’s and 11’s the best.  They are very tiny.  I have to focus or prick myself.

As I sit and pick up each one and add them into my design it starts to come together nicely and as I do the world seems to stop.  Yes I enter THE ZONE rather quickly when I place that Blue Beading Tray in front of me.

Do you BEAD?

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Have a great day getting lost in THE ZONE!

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Having Fun

Ok I made up some more beads and baked them up now while pies bake tomorrow I will wet sand and make them into some pretty pieces to wear.

 

 

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Baking Polymer Clay Beads

 

 

 

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Now all I need to do is use 600 grit wet sandpaper and  a machine to buff them up add wire or jump rings,  then ear wires.

 

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Friday’s Jewelry Work

 

Here are a few photos

 

 

 

These are made from glass,  I fuse in a kiln then drill then embellish and add earwires and get them ready for sales.  3 of these already have a new home she will have her pick since she placed a special order for her Christmas list

 

 

 

Now here are a few more Polymer Clay Beads I did

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by to check them out

 

I need to get busy making lots of different kinds for the Holiday season.

I also need to place more of my photos on Zazzle for those shoppers looking for my prints on cards, stamps and even T-shirts

 

I am still learning so nothing is PERFECT but I am OK with that and prices reflect that compaired to masters prices

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Almost Done

Today I got a batch of Polymer Clay Beads ready for the oven then when cooled and sanded I placed some on head pins and ear wires. TAKE A LOOK I will be doing more for Holiday Sales

 

 

Polymer Beads

I baked then in a pie plate of Cornstarch

 

Time to rinse them

 

 

Ready for some sanding

 

Orange and White Swirl

 

I used scrap Black and white with a touch of clay with shimmer mixed and cut and rolled and this is what I ended up with.

 

 

Orange and Black Swirls

 

Brown with small amount of color

 

 

 

 

So pretty so unplanned I love Happy Accidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had fun even though the  weather was cold and wet.

 

 

 

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I need to learn to work in Neutrals

Here are some more of the pieces I make, that are for sale and I also make custom pieces in not so BOLD COLORS

These were the 1st two stitches I learned.

Tubular Peyote and Kumihimo

 

A few more lessons learned

 

This one below is a type of netted cuff.

Sea Glass Pendent

 

another wrapped piece

 

 

Fused Glass Pendent/Dicrohic Glass also wrapped

 

 

A Silver link Necklace I made by hand

 

Pretty Holiday Colors with Crystals here and there.

It always starts with beads!

 

I was thinking Autumn into Halloween

Maybe my most mellow piece,lol

Eyeglass Layard’s in buyer’s choice of color, these I called Root beer.

Top one Root beer and Pink Herringbone

Banana Cream and Peach with White ,these are even count flat peyote

light weight Purple and White Earrings

A mixture of all types of dangle earrings

Dicrohic Dangles

Crystal and Stone with three  larger beads for accent

Even Count Flat Peyote

with cream button to go with cream and beautiful bluish-green beads

 

Spiral Stitch Bracelet in pretty  Greens and Yellows

 

 

Thanks for checking them out

I have a Pinertrest board for Color Inspiration but NO Neutrals not sure if many people  LOVE COLOR

I myself live in a Turquoise House so you know I do.

 

Peace