Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eye Candy! Art Every Day Month (III)

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins! Art Every Day Month continues, and for me it's gotten a little... beady.

OK, it's gotten very beady! I continue to love, love, love beading cabochons.

I'm not just beading cabochons, though! I've discovered that I like the way buttons look. This piece is made of seed beads, a button I had in my stash of sparkly things, and lots and lots of sequins.

I love how this one turned out! I've discovered a way to make adding fringe easier, which is to add it before, and not after, sewing the backing on -- which cuts down on having to weave so many threads through the beads. There wasn't a single broken bead in this project.

I also found, by happy accident, that putting a layer of clear packing tape on the back of leather and vinyl makes them stiffer, sturdier, and easier to bead. Such a good thing for me, because I don't have any Nicole's Bead Backing or Lacy's Stiff Stuff lurking around.

This is my favorite piece so far. It features faceted glass beads, another button, seed beads, and lots and lots of sequin fringe.

I made the front of this one pre-tape, so it's a bit domed, but I don't mind so much. I'm thrilled with the colors, and I love how the sequins look. This makes me want to make a pair of sequin fringe earrings.

And finally... beady, but not jewelry. I made this at the art party Mr. Sequin and I hosted last weekend. It's a little tree ornament for Mr. Sequin's mom, Mama Sequin, and I made it from felt, sequins and seed beads.

I don't do much in the way of holiday decoration, and I prefer to see trees outside, and not in my living room. That said, I can see myself making a ton of these because they're so cute! In fact, if enough people are interested, I would be happy to do a tutorial. You could make a pendant as easily as an ornament.

And that concludes today's show and tell! While you're here, check out Shana's work in my latest Featured Friday post.

Also, read about the 50th post giveaway I'm doing! This is 42 out of 50, so the winner will be announced... 8 posts from now.

Thanks for reading! Have a sequintastic day.


  1. I love the two necklaces! So gorgeous! I had to do a double take when I read it was a button. I'm going to have to pass this on to a friend of mine who LOVES to do jewelry with buttons.

  2. Thank you, Melissa! These pieces make me very happy.

    Oh, that would be wonderful! If your friend has any questions on how I did these pieces, I'll be happy to answer them. :)

  3. I'm loving these necklaces - fringe on the second is by far my fav! Oh this whole style is just fabulous, very expensive looking x

  4. Do a tutorial! Also, make some earrings to match! Don't I sound bossy? But I really think you should! :)

  5. Thanks, Jenny! I can't wait to make lots more of these. In fact, I have a project with even more sequin fringe that I'm really excited about. :)

  6. Audrey? Audrey!

    Yay for helping me make decisions!!! I don't mind bossy when it means I get to do more creative things. :)

  7. Oh heavens! I am so in love with those necklaces!! And I do have a serious love affair with buttons. Got some very cool metal ones a couple of weeks ago, and they would look stunning in this. Please share what you can, since I have not to date explored bead embroidery. And I already have a couple of people in mind that I would love to do the little ornament for, so there's my vote for a tute! :)

  8. Shirley,

    I'm glad you like them so much!

    I'll see if I can do a tutorial for basic bead and button embroidery. I'm already developing my own tips and tricks, so it would be fun to share what I know!

    Until then, Jamie Cloud Eakin's Beading With Cabochons is a great source of information.

    That's two votes for the ornament tutorial. Hey, that's enough for me! :)

  9. Love this design! You're so right about buttons! They do make great cabochon focals! Looking forward to the tutorial!

  10. Thank you!

    Sometime soon, I'm going to go out and look for more buttons. Not only are they great cabs, but the ones with shanks are great for clasps!

    I'm looking forward to writing the tutorial. :)

  11. Really pretty work... I love the one with the sequins!

  12. Thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, ice packs work just as well if they are the kind you can heat up :) Once, when I couldn't find my hot water bottle, I filled up a large gatorade bottle with hot water and snuggled with it, LOL.

  13. You're welcome -- thanks for visiting mine! May I just say... you're adorable?

    The Gatorade bottle is actually a great idea. Hurray for creative reuse!


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