Assembling a Beaded Cathedral

After a long hiatus, I am finally getting back to working on my Russian bead-painting

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I stitched custom sterling silver crosses to the top of the onion domes (10 in all). Then, I wire-wrapped each spire to complete the look. I also cut out a few more layers of felt to help build up a few of the chapels… It took me several hours to stitch everything together.. Now, my beaded St. Basil’s Cathedral is complete! What do you think? I think its time to begin the next phase! :O

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10″ x 13″

Please check my Facebook page for more updates. Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

The Making of a Beaded Rooster..

During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!

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I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red &  yellow.

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Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!

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Alternating between Magatamas and size 15’s, I worked my way up the bird’s wing. Then, I switched to the smaller clear Magatamas. These are more round then the other beads, but their hole is off-center, so it creates an interesting effect.. What do you think? :D

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After I completed the wings, I continued beading the rest of the rooster’s body.. BUT, I am not finished yet! Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates on this project..

Also, just a quick note to let you know that my beadwork has been featured on the  Street Art United States blog. I am honored! Please stop by and take a peek! 

Thank you for your interest. Back to beading! :D

Busy Beading a Russian Cathedral..

Here is the latest progress on my bead painting. Yesterday, I finished beading the 6th small chapel which surrounds my felt Russian cathedral. I am using all different sorts of glass seed beads as well as tanzanite Swarovski crystal bicones. (Can you see them?) Beads are stitched to the felt using needle and thread.

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Bead embroidery in progress. 10″ x 13″.

Currently, the chapels are still independent pieces of beadwork which will eventually be stitched to the bottom layer of felt. I also just ordered custom sterling silver crosses to stitch to the top of the onion domes. Can’t wait to receive them.. How does it look so far? Please check Facebook or Twitter for my next update:) Thanks for your interest in my beadwork!

Majestic Bead Painting Finished!!

Well, it took me a few months, but I finally finished my beaded painting! This piece is entitled Majestic, named after the Boston theatre of the same name. Perhaps you have walked past this alley many times without noticing it..

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‘Majestic’
Bead embroidery on canvas.. 20″ x 24″.

This piece features a bead-embroidered Peterbilt semi truck w/American Bulldog. Materials used in this piece include: metal & glass seed beads, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver, wire, leather cord, felt, & acrylics.. The truck measures approx. 10″ x 10″, and the entire piece measures 20″ x 24″. Beadwork was hand-stitched to a painted canvas, as well as bits of wire, leather, beaded rats, beaded cigarette butts, and one beaded pigeon. (Can you find him?)

This piece will eventually be listed for sale in my Etsy shop.. Until then, I have posted detail photos of this piece on my website.. Thanks for looking!! :D

Semi-Beaded Semi

I have finally found some time to start working on a larger piece – a beaded semi-truck! This one is inspired by a friend’s photo of a Peterbilt truck spotted at work one day.

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I enlarged the photo and used it to cut out many layers of felt in several shapes. The felt foundation measures approx. 10″ x 10″.. I stitched the layers of felt together and began beading an American flag grille using a mix of red, white, & blue seed beads.

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Once I finished the flag, I beaded a silver frame around it. I used 11/o Czech glass charlottes, and larger fire-polished beads. It is very sparkly, much like the real truck:)

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Now, I am working on the bumper. This area is quite large, so I stitched a variety of metal beads onto the felt. I plan to fill in the spaces with more seed beads. How does it look so far? :D

Rare Blue Beaded Persian Cat Pin/ Pendant

Finally something for cat lovers! This week, I worked on a new item – a beaded Blue Persian Cat pin!

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For this project, I tried something new – Nicole’s BeadBacking. I discovered this product on Etsy, and decided to give it a shot. It is a little less expensive and it comes in every color of the rainbow. This material is similar to Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, but it seems much stiffer. It was easy to cut out the shape of my cat, but when I started beading, I wasn’t sure I’d like it. After working for awhile, it became softer, but still offered the support my beadwork needed. Overall, I think it is much stronger/ tougher than Lacy’s. I really like it a lot!

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For my cat, I stitched together several layers of bead backing, then used a combination of size 15 & size 11 glass seed beads in several different shades of blue & gray. I don’t make cats very often, so it was quite a challenge!

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After my first layer of beadwork was complete, I layered quite a bit of fringe to accentuate this cat’s long beautiful hair. The fringe actually moves when you touch it, revealing more beadwork beneath. How do you think he looks?

Rare Blue Persian Beaded Cat Pin Pendant Bead Embroidery Etsy Beadwork

This pin is currently listed for sale on Etsy – you can see more photos there. I really like how this cat turned out – It looks great as a pin, but it really makes a unique pendant! I plan to make him in all different colors! :D