Saturday, January 21, 2012

I heart bead embroidery! Part III.

Welcome to another post at Saturday Sequins! Today my new passion, bead embroidery, meets another passion...

Chain maille!

Special thanks with glitter on top to Melissa Creamer, who gave me the idea when she suggested it for another piece. This necklace incorporates two pieces of helm chain that I had sitting around the studio, just begging to go into a project (metal rings from Blue Buddha, rubber rings from Ring Lord). They're joined together by an awesome vintage button, which acts as a clasp.

LinkBesides seed beads and chain, this design also features sequins, more buttons, and lots and lots of electrical wire coating! It also features some Czech glass and some of the gorgeous sparkly beads that I got from Bead Algo last summer.

I'm very excited about the way this turned out, but would you like to know a secret? When I started it, I wasn't sure if I liked it. As I was stitching on the beads, I kept thinking... hmm. We'll see. Something felt a little off until the design started to come together, about halfway through the bead embroidery.

I have similar feelings about a lot of the beadwork I do! I've learned not to be quite as surprised when I end up loving a design because I went through this with one of my all time favorite heart necklaces. I'm learning to trust the process and my beady instincts.

I have several other pieces in the works, two of which will be familiar to you, and one of which is completely new, but these will have to wait for a Work In Progress Wednesday. Stay tuned!

Until then, have a sequintastic day! Thanks again to Melissa, and thanks to my wonderful suppliers, as well as my talented photographer, Mr. Sequin. This just goes to show that unless you're living in a cave in the middle of nowhere, (Bead Cave! Eat your heart out, Bat Cave) most art is a collaboration.

33 comments:

  1. Wow! Your necklace is spectacular! I love it and it's so perfect for Valentine's Day which is coming soon.

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    1. Thanks, Janet!

      It is a well-timed necklace, isn't it? :)

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  2. WOW WOW WOW! That turned out great! Your necklace is stunning. I love how the silver and black of the chainmaille anchor the beautiful beaded pendant. I hope to see pieces like this in your Etsy store soon!

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    1. Thank you, Melissa!

      I hope to see pieces like this in my Etsy store, too. I just have to get off my rump and start listing!

      This will give me money for more rings. Chain and embroidery go so well together, I already have a ton of other ideas!

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    2. Blue Buddha is always so great to get rings with. I always buy the 1000 ring bags and I always get 10,000+ rings so I qualify for the volume discount. Well worth it. I find F18, H18, and N18 and the three sizes I use the most. I use them so much I find I have to buy more every 2-3 weeks.

      Please let me know when you get something up, I want to help you promote your shop!

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  3. Looks great! I really like the chain-- it's very unique

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    1. Thanks, Erin!

      The chain was pretty easy to make, actually. I can see using a lot more of that style in my work. :)

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  4. I sometimes have to stop and remind myself that art always looks worse until it looks better! Obviously if you had given up on this work, it would have been a huge loss! I love the combination of a million different kinds of materials, and you make them all seem so perfect together! Beautiful work, friend!

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    1. This is very true!

      Awww, thanks. I'm really glad I kept going with this piece (mostly out of stubbornness for awhile, there!). I love how truly multimedia it is. :)

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  5. Amazing!!!

    http://styleservings.blogspot.com/

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  6. Just simply awesome! I love the mixing of two different techniques for a unique look.

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    1. Thank you!

      Now I'm thinking of all the other techniques I could combine. I actually have a bunch of them written on note cards... I may try grouping them randomly for some inspiration. :)

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  7. The pendant is gorgeous! you are very detail oriented

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    1. Thanks so much, Priya!

      This is very true. I'm all about the little details. :)

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  8. I just love the heart darlin! Not just for Valentine's day, but it has a Mid-evil or Gothic flair to it too. That might be from the chainmaille accent, but either way, A++!
    {Hugs!}

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! That means so much coming from someone who's so skilled at bead embroidery! *Hugs back.*

      I agree about the Gothic flair. I could see this appealing to Goth-types who are romantic... but also very tough.

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  9. Your heart is amazing, I love it.

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  10. This is SO PRETTY! I can't believe how much work goes into it- you are so talented! Nice job hun :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! You're a sweetie. :)

      The funny thing is, it never feels like I'm putting a lot of work into these pieces while I'm making them. It isn't until I step back and look at them that I realize how much I put into them!

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  11. Your heart pieces are amazing. I may need to save up for one when your shop is up.:D

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    1. Thank you!

      Perhaps I can do free shipping, since we're old friends. :)

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  12. Fabulous use of Chain maille!!! Love it and I love your hearts as well!! Simply Stunning!!!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth!

      I love helm chain -- it's my favorite to make because it's pretty and easy. And the hearts are so much fun to make. :)

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  13. I just took a look at this whole series and loved it. The heart is a very interesting shape to design within...and you have some very creative ideas...They're wonderful and make me smile just looking at them all...And as a group, well, it makes me want to see a whole quilt of them...*smile*

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  14. Thanks, Susan! I admire your work so much, so your comments mean a lot to me. :)

    A whole quilt! Now, that would be something. I've been considering doing a wall hanging... but a wall crazy quilt might be something really special.

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