Just a quick post today to announce a new item in my Etsy shop – a purple beaded Dalmatian pin!
This piece was created by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt (2-3 beads at a time) using a strong nylon thread. Beads are layered to make her legs & face look dimensional, and her ear actually moves! Several different shades of purple & white seed beads were used, as well as a tiny glass eye for her nose. It measures 2.25″ wide x 1.5″ tall (5.5cm x 3.5cm). This pin can also be created in black & white or brown & white. Please click the pic for more details. What kind of dog should I bead next? :)
Today, I’d like to show you a quick pic of my latest custom order, a little beaded dog pin named Fluffy:)
A friend of mine sent me a few pics of Fluffy. Not knowing the breed, I worked from photos only. I came up with a sketch, cut out some felt and started beading. I used several different white, cream, and brown size 15 glass seed beads. The first layer of beadwork (above) is rather sparse, but the second layer more than makes up for it (below). I also added some beaded loops and fringe on the dog’s ears to add dimension. Complete, this piece measures approx. 3cm x 4.5cm.
How do you think Fluffy looks, and more importantly, what kind of dog do you think she is? :D
Here is the latest item listed in my Etsy shop
– a new beaded Scottish Terrier pin
! I created this one first by stitching matte black round & cube seed beads to felt. Then, I layered beaded fringe over top using Japanese 15/o seed beads. Then, I stitched on a fancy sterling silver ball chain collar! This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. All pin/pendants listed in my shop will now include a fancy hand-dyed rayon cord with clasp! Please click the photo below to view the listing:
Last weekend, I received another custom order through my Etsy shop! I was asked if I could create one of my beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin/pendants with different colouring. This pin was to look like Jake (in the photo below) and it would be a gift for someone special! :)
I posted a photo of this piece in progress on my Facebook page, but here is how my finished pin turned out. I used only size 15 Japanese glass seed beads for the entire piece. Beads are layered to make the ears and tail stand out just a bit. Given the small scale, I think it’s pretty close to the real dog… What do you think?
Beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin/ pendant. 2- 1/8″ wide x 1″ tall (5.5 cm x 3cm).
I sent a photo of the finished pin to my customer before I shipped it out, and she can’t wait to get it! I hope the recipient likes it, too! If you are interested in a custom pet pin or pendant, please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy for more details. I think I will list this piece as an example of my work! :)
Today, just a quick pic to show you my finished beaded Scottish Terrier pin. I actually did a lot more beadwork to it. I added long beaded fringe using bugle beads. This fringe really moves when you touch it. The collar is also made from 13/o Charlottes in gold and silver. This pin seriously sparkles! I have listed this in The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop (click the pic to view listing). So far, there are only a couple of photos. I will try to add more detail shots later. I think this will be a nice companion to the tiny beaded Scottie Dog earrings I made over the weekend! What kind of beaded dog should I make next?
Yesterday, worked on a new item for my Etsy shop
. Tiny beaded Scottie dog earrings! :)
I had wanted to make more Scottie dogs because the last one I listed sold pretty quickly. These earrings were carefully embroidered onto tiny pieces of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff
. (I use Lacy’s for tiny items because it supports the beads better than a piece of felt.) I used tiny size 15 seed beads and size 13 Charlottes. They measure approx. 17mm x 15mm. I made one prototype before I made these to see if I could do it – and I learned that it’s not easy sewing beads to such a tiny piece of fabric! I also learned that it takes just as long to make something tiny as it does to make something larger! After I completed the beadwork, I glued sterling silver stud earring findings to the back using E-6000 glue. Then, I stitched on tiny Ultrasuede backings! I really like how they turned out!
Today, I want to finish up the beaded Scottie dog pin I started making last night. I think he needs a collar made from 13/o charlottes to match the earrings. After I complete that, I will list these items in my Etsy shop
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! What will you
be working on today? :)
First, I flipped through one of my favourite beading books for inspiration – Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings
. Then, I looked in my bead stash for a pink mix of seed beads. I created this mix when I was working on my beaded Banksy pink car. I’m not really a pink person, but I thought this colour would contrast the smoky gray Swarovski crystal filigree that I wanted to use. So, I began by creating a small peyote-stitched circle using black Nymo thread.
When my circle reached the desired size, I stitched some pink petals around the edges. Since I wasn’t following any kind of pattern, I ended up with 9 petals! I don’t think any flower exists with 9 petals! Each petal may be slightly different than the others, but I decided that gave the beadwork character. After I completed the petals, I carefully stitched the filigree into the center of the beadwork.
Next, I used my new Forest seed bead mix to create the band for my ring. This was done with a new thread in a simple peyote stitch. I wove through the beads of the band several times to strengthen it. Then, I buried both ends of the thread in the beadwork.
Now my beaded Everlasting Flower ring is complete! It is a beautiful beaded cocktail ring! To see more photos of this design in my Etsy shop, please click the image above. I think I can mark this beading experiment as a success! What colour do you think my next Everlasting Flower ring should be? :)
*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from Beads Direct UK. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
It has been raining cats & dogs
in Boston all weekend, and it is still raining! This kind of weather is pretty depressing, but at the same time, I do believe that means that Spring is near! So, to help lift my own spirits a bit, I worked on a Spring jewelry design using glass beads
I received from Artbeads.com
First, I cut out 5 circles of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. Then, I began stitching on my tiny flowers and green seed beads using a basic bead embroidery technique
. Before long, I beaded the entire circle. It looks like a tiny flower garden! :)
I repeated this process 4 more times, then I carefully glued each piece of beadwork into their flower beds using E-6000 glue
. After it cures, this piece will be a beautiful accessory which is sure to be noticed wherever it is worn! I hope my design inspires you to make your own Tiny Beaded Flowerbed Bracelet! :)
*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Last night, I finished the beadwork for my little beaded Bichon pin. First, I layered some fringe for the dog’s nose, ears, and tail. Then, I stitched a couple of metal eye-pins to the back just to stiffen the dog’s front legs a bit. You can see how many stitches this piece took to create in the photo below:
Now, I just have to stitch a bit of Ultrasuede to the back, as well as a pin-back finding, then I’ll be finished! I hope my customer
likes it! :D
Semi-beaded Bichon pin. 2.5″ x 1.5″ (6.5 x 4cm).
Bead embroidery on felt.