Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
The seed bead obsession continues. I can't wait to show you what I've been working on, but first, I'd like to thank -- and virtually hug -- all the wonderful, amazing people who responded to my previous entry. Your support means more to me than I can express in one journal entry! I truly am lucky to have you in my life.
And now... bead embroidery.
Here's another beaded heart, titled... My Beading Heart. I can't resist a pun!
This piece uses seed beads, sequins, buttons, colored copper wire, and even some plastic electrical wire coating, which looks just like bugle beads when cut into pieces -- with the added benefit that the softer edges won't cause the thread to break. I love the rainbow color scheme.
This is a smaller beaded heart. It's about half the size of the others, but still a dramatic statement piece. It has many of the same ingredients as my other beaded hearts, but the construction is slightly different.
To create the heart shape on this one, I traced a heart onto tissue paper, taped it to my backing, then beaded along the lines. When I had my nice, crisp outline, I tore the paper away. Then all I had to do was bead inside the lines and trim away the excess fabric. The result was clean, quick, and easier than trying to bead freehand.
Besides the tissue paper technique, I learned something important: if beads won't fit into a space, don't force them. It might look all right at first, but after awhile, the beads will lift off the backing, and it's a challenge (read: a total pain) to anchor them down again. So if size 11 is too much, switch to 15... or leave the space blank. Your piece will thank you.
Those are the only heart-themed pieces I have to show. I have plenty more eye candy, though, which I've saved for another post. Stay tuned! One of my most exciting pieces is coming up.
Have a sequintastic day, and I hope your weekend is full of good people, good food, and sparkly things, whether you celebrate the holidays or not! Because you're awesome.
(PS: Also, have a look at what the Artists in Blogland are doing this week! They're such a talented group.)