Friday, November 18, 2011

Eye Candy! Art Every Day Month (II)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Today's topic? More show and tell from Art Every Day Month. I was a busy, busy girl these past few days. My novel fell completely by the wayside as I discovered a new passion... bead embroidery.
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This is one of the first beaded cabochon projects I've ever made. I used a sew-on rhinestone, layered sequins, lots of seed beads, and some terrific black vinyl fabric I got from JoAnn Fabrics.

I love the design and the colors, and I learned a lot from this project -- including that I should leave some room for extra thread in my beads, because otherwise, they can break when I add the necklace portion! Fixable, but not fun.



This is the second cabochon I've ever done, and the first time I've ever put the backing on (I did the backing on the other piece when I knew what I was doing). It was intimidating at first, but when I got going, it turned out to be fun and easy!

I love the colors on this, and the back of it is so clean and flawless. I'm very happy with this project, and I can't wait to try another one... with some sequin fringe.

If you're wondering where I learned to bead cabochons, it was from Jamie Cloud Eakin's book, Beading With Cabochons. I love this book! I don't want to return it to the library, and I want her next book for my collection.

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And finally... one of my WIP Wednesday necklaces is finished! I love how it turned out. The little red sequins at the bottom were the perfect finishing touch. I'm happy to have this project finished, and I'm itching to do another one with the first neck wire I made. I'm not sure what direction I'll take it in, but rest assured, it will be sparkly.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a sequintastic Saturday, and while you're here, check out my very first Featured Friday post. Believe me, you'll be glad you did!

(Also, be sure to see what the talented Artists in Blogland have been up to.)

22 comments:

  1. Wow! Those are just stunning! I'm thinking about what a pickup they'd give my little black dresses! :-)

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  2. Molly,

    Thanks!

    Oh, you're right. They'd really stand out against a little black dress. This is making me wish I had some! :)

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  3. Your cabochon necklaces are stunning! I especially love the colors you used. Beautiful!!!!

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  4. Thank you, Janet! :)

    It's nice to get so many nice compliments on my cabochons. I've wanted to make things like these for such a long time -- over a decade -- and it makes me happy that not only am I finally doing it, but I'm doing a pretty good job.

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  5. WOW WOW WOW! I love these! They are so beautiful! Great colors and great design. I can't decide which one I like better! Both are so beautiful. Nicely done!

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  6. Awww, thank you so much, Melissa!

    I can't wait to show you the next one! It's going to be really big and colorful. :)

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  7. Wow, such terrific and precise detail in those pendants, and such lovely colors. As for the necklace, hmm, what if one were to wear that and not much else? ;)

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  8. Cindy,

    Thank you! Precise is a word I love to hear, especially at this stage, when I'm just figuring things out!

    I think as long as the wearer lived in a warm climate, the necklace might double as a tiny shirt. ;)

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  9. Beautiful! My mom is into beading jewlery but I don't have the nerves for it. :) So I just admire other poeple's works. :)

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  10. WOW!! These are soooo beautiful! I'm honestly blown away, I love them. Keep them coming Sarah. And thanks for letting us know about the book too, as you know I'm no great jewellery maker but I've added it to my amazon wish list - may be in 10 years I'll great round to having a go lol x

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  11. Natasha,

    Thanks!

    Well, we always need more people to appreciate beautiful jewelry. I'm sure your mom feels the same way. :)

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  12. Jenny,

    Thank you!!! Aww, now I'm getting blushy. :)

    It took me about ten years to get around to beading cabochons. So to me, your timeline sounds about right. I think you'll love it when you try it! It looks more complicated than it really is.

    <3

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  13. Wow! That bead work is phenomenal! I'm so jealous of your talent and patience for such meticulous work.

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  14. I love them! And your blog header is fabulous!

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  15. These are gorgeous! I've really wanted to try jewelry making, but since I've never done it before I don't have many of the supplies so I was afraid it would be too much of an investment to start out. Maybe someday though... I really love the second one!! I am now following you also :)

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com

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  16. Erin,

    Aww! Thank you!

    I'm very proud of these projects. The thing is, they're easier than they look! Maybe one of these days I'll do a basic beadweaving tutorial. :)

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  17. Thanks, Lori!

    The header/concept was my idea, made real by my talented husband. When I first put it up, I kid you not, I just couldn't stop staring at it! I'd go back to my blog every ten minutes. :)

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  18. Linda,

    Thank you!

    As long as you're only getting very basic supplies, like to make earrings, the cost isn't very much at all. Especially if you get your beads from creative reuse stores and second hand shops!

    If you decide to start making jewelry, my email address is on the Contact page on this site. I'd be happy to help you in any way!

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  19. Each of these creations is beautiful. I especially love the sequin fringe!

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  20. Thank, Erin!

    I was really happy with how that necklace turned out. I was going to add more to it, but after putting the sequins on, I realized... it was perfect like that!

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  21. Bead embroidery looks so pretty. I've got to look into that.

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  22. Yay!!! Thanks for commenting!

    I think you'd really like it. It's a great way to use cabochons and cameos and even buttons, as I'm finding out.

    I highly recommend Eakin's book. And for seed beads, Whimbeads and Knot Just Beads both have online shops, and their stuff is very good.

    If you decide to take the embroidery plunge, I'll share whatever I know with you. Including my trick for making vinyl stable enough to bead on... namely, putting a layer of packing tape on the back.

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