Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Mystery Project

Welcome to another Work In Progress Wednesday at Saturday Sequins!

I haven't gotten around to finishing the star and the butterfly from this post, but I have made a lot of progress on the Mystery Project. I was a tease last Saturday and only showed you a small section, but today I'm going to play nice and share what I've done so far.

Ready?

Have you guessed what it is yet? If not, I'm going to further confuse you by admitting that when I got to this stage, I thought I was done with the beading and only needed to apply the backing. And then I held it at a different angle and realized... this piece would look epic if I doubled it.

Yes, that means a lot more work! My impatient side isn't happy with me. My artistic side, however, knows that I have to do what it takes to make this project look its best, so I've already cut out the second piece.

Not only will this be my biggest and most time-consuming project so far, but it's also my first time sewing sequins on top of beadwork instead of sewing the beads around them. I like the way this looks! There's so much more sparkle.

(It's also a great way to hide mistakes -- I made one, and now I'm sort of glad I did.)

And that concludes this WIP Wednesday. More progress to come!

(And in the meantime, check out this week's contributions from Artists in Blogland.)

Thanks for reading, and as always, have a sequintastic day!

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    1. Thank you so much! :)

      I can't wait for you to see it all put together.

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  2. WOW WOW WOW!! I love it. And doubled just means more to love. I hear ya about the artistic side winning over, and your're just along for the ride after that! It's going to be so worth it!

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    1. Thanks, Annie! :)

      Yeah, it's definitely important to listen to those creative instincts, especially when they're shouting at the top of their lungs!

      I agree that it'll be worth it. I do believe this will be the biggest piece I've made in any jewelry materials.

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  3. OMGoodness! The colors in that piece are gorgeous! I wouldn't have the patience to do one side, but two sides...you're amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! The colors I ended up using surprised me at first, but now I can see that they're exactly what the Mystery Piece needs.

      Hee! I have to admit, I'm a little overwhelmed now that I'm tackling the second half. But if I keep working on it and watch some good movies while I bead, it'll go fast, just like the first one. :)

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  4. Beautiful colors! I wouldn't have the patience to do a square inch!!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra!

      A square inch takes less time than you might think. It's just a matter of the right music or movie or show on Hulu. :)

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  5. SOOOOO pretty! I can't wait to see it (and the completed project) in person! :)

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    1. Thanks!

      I totally meant to bring it last Wednesday, but I was distracted by the prospect of Thai food. I'll bring it Chez Audrey this coming week. :)

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  6. Lovely! I'd guessed you were making a collar, until you said you were doubling it. There you lost me, unless you're beading the back of the collar too. Whatever it is, it's lovely! :)

    I'm looking forward to going back to working on larger projects myself!

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    1. Karen,

      Actually, you guessed right! If you flip the piece around so it looks kind of like a crescent moon, you can see it's half of a huge beaded collar.

      I'm glad you'll be making larger pieces! Big pieces are great because they give the beadwork plenty of room to shine and be awesome. :)

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    1. Than you so much, Patsy!

      This first half was very relaxing and fun to make. The second half is a little more challenging, though -- because now I can't wait for it to look like the first half!

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  8. It's SO INTRICATE and gorgeous, but I can't really begin to guess what it is!

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    1. Thanks!

      If you want, I'll tell you this week. :)

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  9. Oh my gosh, this is beautiful, do you have fingers left? I cannot imagine following the pattern and how long this must have taken, wow! xox Corrine

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    1. Thanks! :)

      Hee! I have fingers left, but they need a lot of heating and stretching so they don't cramp up!

      I kept the pattern simple -- just a few swirls drawn on the vinyl in pen. It's more fun that way!

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