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Lady with Dark Hair Pearl Necklace

Can you believe the weekend is over? I spent the whole of Saturday waiting for a package that never arrived and then after doing my weekly shopping I decided to go through my scrapbooking supplies and see what I could get rid off. Suffice it to say that by the time I looked through just half the stuff I had I was a little bit ashamed of myself for spending that much money on things that I don’t use. I love paper but I am no scrapbooker .I think I need to find a way of selling all the dies and punches and stamps I have accumulated in the past year. There is no point in them just sitting in drawers.

But before the weekend is over I want to at least get one post finished in order to achieve one positive thing. So this post is about one of my earlier pieces, which means it was done roughly 4-5 months ago when I was in my resin cabochon-making phase.

There are a few setbacks to these resin cabochons. First of all it takes a long time for them to get made and you never know if the finished product is going to come out perfect (without pesky air bubbles or watermarks) until it is all done and over. Another thing that can go wrong with the cabochons is the thickness of it.

For my pieces I used to do a thin layer, put the picture in let it cure for 12 hours and then add a layer of black. But after a couple of uses my molds became a bit lopsided so some of the cabochons were thicker on one side and thinner on the other even though I tried to get it as level as possible. This means that when it comes to bezeling the piece it would look weird. And no matter how much I sanded the piece I could never get it completely even which is why I ultimately switched to clear domes.

This resin cabochon was made using a painting by Harrison Fisher titled “lady with dark hair”. The cab that I had made was too thick so I had to come up with a way of covering the sides and at this point I was only doing stacked bezeling and hadn’t learnt the how to do peyote stitch bezel .so after the initial two stacked rows I decided to add the one thing I go to when I can’t find a bead that works: pearls.

I went through the size 15/0 beads and came out ever 8 beads to add a 2mm pearl stacked with a size 15/seed bead. Once I had gone all around the piece I only had to go through one of the size 15/0 beads on top of a pearl and start adding size 15/0 beads to close the gap between the beads and form a bezel around the cabochon.

After I was done with the main piece I made two other smaller pieces to match the main piece and I just had to connect everything together. I made a simple chain with the beads and pearls that I had used in the main pieces and attached a spring clasp. Unfortunately I didn’t know how to attach clasps back then and you can see that I have gone around the loop of the clasp with thread a few times to secure it on and I don’t like that I can see the thread .so next time I go back home to visit my parents I have take this necklace from my mom and fix the clasp issues.

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Faux Dichroic Necklace

I have finally been able to get my hands on pictures of my earlier pieces. Earlier this year my mom came to stay with me for a while to take care of me while I was recovering from surgery and any piece I made during that time that she expressed any interest in I would give to her, so I don’t have access to them with us living on two different continents and all.

But I was able to convince my photographer friend, Sanaz, to take pictures of the pieces saying it would be good practice for her as well: D

 faux dichroic necklacefaux dichroic necklace

Before I started doing beading I went through a resin and clay phase. After starting bead embroidery I started using clay and resin for making cabochon. I decided early on against clay cabochon as I just didn’t like the effect and glazing them was such a messy process that I gave up, but resin I like, except for the wait time.

Before I started putting pictures in resin, I started with glitter and then moved on to making these faux dichroic pieces.  Dichroic glass pieces are very beautiful but I haven’t been able to find them anywhere in shops. I am a bit hesitant to order these types of patterned cabochon online because the pieces are very different from each other, the picture on the website can be nothing like what you will end up getting. For this sort of cabochon I would rather buy them in person to choose the ones I like. Since I couldn’t find any I made the resin version.

faux dichroic necklace

The concept of this piece was to practice the bezel work around the cabochon. After gluing the resin cabochon on I sewed on a row of glass beads with a seed bead in between each in order to allow for me to pass the needle through for the next step, which was adding the gold seed beads. I added 7 size 15/0 seed beads onto my needle and went through each of the size 11/0 seed beads I had sewn in between the larger glass beads. After this stage was finished all that was left to do was to close the work, which was done by putting 4 size 15/0 seed beads on to the needle and sewing through the middle gold seed bead, and pull tight.

faux dichroic necklace

Had I not run out of pin backs this piece was destined to become another brooch but since I had, it was decided it would be best if I made this into a necklace.

I didn’t have any necklace making components such as clasps and other things so this had to be something I could slide on a chain or ribbon or cord.

faux dichroic necklace

I made some loops on the top to allow for a cord or chain to go through and finished off the edge by doing a picot type edge while using a larger rondelle bead rather than just seed beads.

 faux dichroic necklace

 

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Red Rose Shoe Clips

red rose shoe clips

This is going to be a quick post about another pair shoe clips.

In my last post I mentioned that my mom had chosen another set of cabochon for me to turn into shoe clips for her and these are what I came up with.

red rose shoe clips

This pair is a second of three shoe clip pairs that I have made. I tried to use beads that complemented the red and black cabochon but just using black and red was proving to be a little tedious so I decided to use some gold in the piece to break it up a bit.

red rose shoe clips

red rose shoe clips

I think this is good example to show how different the same pair of shoes can look by using different shoe clips, with these things you can get more use out of plain shoes and also the good thing with these clips is that they are secure enough to be worn on garments so they can be used as brooches but you would need to clasp them on to the edge of something like a pocket.

red rose shoe clips

The only thing I would have done differently if I were doing this piece now would have been to use the last row of crystal beads on the edge instead of finishing off the edge with black seed beads .it’s a waste of beads as they are covered by the bigger crystals and I wasn’t planning on doing anything to the edge of the piece anyway  but I guess this is what experimenting is all about: Learning!!

red rose shoe clips

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Gold Glitter Brooch

gold glitter brooch

When I made my silver brooch I couldn’t not make a gold one!!! I mean logic dictated that I should !!:D

gold glitter brooch

gold glitter brooch

I think one of my main issues is that I want to use every single type of bead that I have in every piece that I do, I just can’t help it .I can’t seem to be able edit myself sometimes so I did go a little bit crazy wanting to really use these 6mm pyrite beads that I had gotten that I think are just the bomb but firstly I really did not think that 6mm would be that huge (trust me these are) and secondly they are quite heavy.

I sewed them on but they just didn’t work. So I just had to take them off.

gold glitter brooch

gold glitter brooch

I played around with some other beads I think I just thought I had to keep adding but nothing worked so I conceded to leaving the piece be after the rows of pearls. Which is a good thing .if I am unable to edit myself then I am glad that my limited variety of beads did the editing for me.

The brooch is very simple. It’s a gold glitter resin cabochon, set in a white and gold bezel followed by two rows of pearls.

gold glitter brooch

gold glitter brooch

I did a sunshine edge around the piece just in case I wanted to add an edging or hang some fringes from the piece but I haven’t gotten around to doing that. I might do a white and gold picot edge just to add a bit of golden accent to the edge to mirror what is going on in the middle, if I do I will update this post with new pictures. But for now I hope you can enjoy this piece.

 gold glitter brooch

List of materials used

•                MATSUNO OPAQUE WHITE BEADS NO 743

•                MATSUNO METALLIC GOLD SEAD BEADS NO 561

•                3MM WHITE PEARLS

•                4MM WHITE PEARLS

•                OPAQUE CREAM LUSTER SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0

•                SILVER LINED TRANSPARENT LIGHT AMBER SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0

•                BLACK ULTRASUEDE

•                1.5 INCH BASE METAL PIN BACK

•                FIRELINE 0.006 THREAD IN CLEAR

•                LACY’S STIFF STUFF

•                E-600 GLUE

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Grace Kelly Brooch

When I was a little girl I though that Grace Kelly and Vivien Leigh were the most beautiful women in the world. I still think they are. There is just something about the classic movie stars that is, well classic!

I had watched a couple of Grace Kelly movies and I was so fascinated by her. She was beautiful, ladylike, and soft-spoken and the stories my mom told me about her becoming an actual princess just cemented her status as the perfect woman in my young mind. So much so that I had to saved up all my allowances for five months to buy a set of stamps with her wedding pictures on it from my brother!! I think he overpriced them but they were so worth it to me, I just had to have them!

My resin piece was a bit on the thicker side and no matter how much I sanded it, it still looked thick and I was anxious that if I sanded it too much it would get lopsided and would never get completely flat. I chose to stop and just make the bezel a little bit taller to cover the sized of the cab. I did a base row of size 11 seed beads around the base of the cabochon and because I wasn’t going to do a peyote stitch, I didn’t pay attention to how many seed beads I had around the base row. I came through one of the base beads and strung on three size 11 seed beads followed by one size 15 seed bead and then another three size 11 seed beads. So seven beads in total and then skipped four beads on the base row and went through the fifth bead. I continued this pattern all the way around until I got to where I had started.

I had to adjust the number of beads I skipped on the base row in couple of instances to make the bezel look more uniform. I guess if the number of beads I had in my base row was a multiple of four I wouldn’t have to make the adjustments but it wasn’t so adjustments had to be made. Finally in order to close in all the loops around the cab and finish off the bezel I strung on five size 15 seed beads and sewed it through the single size 15 seed bead that I had in the middle of the bezel loops. When all the beads were strung, I pulled the thread tight and the bezel closed up around the cabochon quite nicely.

Up until this point I had only done clean edges to finish off my works but in this work I set out to try the sunshine edge that I had just discovered in my new book. Getting the first couple of beads on and connecting the last bead to the first bead was a bit of a struggle but the rest of it was actually quite easy.

To finish off the edge I sewed on  4mm faceted glass beads topped with the size 15 beads I had used throughout the piece all the way around the beading.

 

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Young Girl Reading: Jean Honore Fragonard

 

 One of the hardest parts when making the resin cabochons for me was finding pictures to put into the resin. I looked through a bunch of magazines and books and websites to find paintings that I thought I could work with. My mom suggested this painting to me.

The painting is called Young Girl Reading by Jean Honore Fragonard. My mom had painted a copy of this painting and it hung on a wall in our house when I was very young. And maybe looking at this painting day in and day out is the reason why I love reading so much .I have to have a stack of books by the side of my bed and whenever that stack gets low I go into a state of panic and need to find some good books to read.

I took cue from the colours in the painting and tried to mimic them best as I could with the beads that I had. The girl is wearing what looks like a yellow taffeta dress so to continue on the rich feeling of the painting I went along with a gold and red bezel around the cab .I have to say the last row of size 15 gold seed beads are my favorite beads that I have gotten so far. They are tiny, perfectly uniform, and very round and look absolutely gorgeous and that is reflected in the price of them.

 

The gold flowery looking beads around the cabochon was something my mom had bought me ages ago for my work when I was in Uni and I never used them but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate them in a piece. I did a stacked stitch with the flowery gold beads and a size 15 gold seed beads around the cab. But before doing so I used a yellow marker to colour the Lacy’s stiff stuff foundation so that it would blend in more with the beads and so that the white wouldn’t poke through too much through the gaps.

 

I was going to add more beads around the work but nothing worked and I think if I had wanted the piece to be bigger I should have used the seed beads before adding the stacked row. But in order to just add in a little bit more width to the piece I went along with bigger beads to finish off the edge than my normal size 15 seed beads. In this case I alternated between the large gold beads and some faux pearls from an old necklace that I had never used .I was afraid that using alternating beads would be a problem and that I might end up with two beads of the same kind next to each other but the beads went around the piece perfectly without me having to readjust them. I am quite grateful for that :D!!

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The Mask

Going around in circles can get a bit tiresome; or in my case beading around ovals was getting a bit tiresome so I set out to shake things up a bit. I decided to go for a rectangular resin cabochon I had made.

I love the picture in this cab. The painting is called The Mask and is by Louis Weldon Hawkins. I was looking for Art Nouveau style paintings and stumbled upon this painting but after doing a bit more research on him I found out that his style of work is called symbolism but I am not one to dwell too much on what the artistic style of a painting is, I just knew that I loved this image.

 

So right off the bat my main problem was doing the bezel around this cab. As always I started with a row of size 11 round seed beads but for the life of me I could not get an even number of beads to fit in around base. So on second attempt I moved on to size 11 delica beads and ended up having the same exact problem .I thought about doing the same type of bezel that I had done in my first beading attempt but the cab was a little bit thicker and that sort of bezel would not have worked on it. So I decided to go up to size 10 delica beads and see if that would help me in getting the right number of beads around the base.

So on my third or fourth attempt I got the first row done and moved on to doing the bezel. The thing is even though I started reducing the size of beads the bezel kept just growing instead of encompassing the cab. I was very close to just dropping this whole thing but I hate leaving things half done and I knew if I did that it would bug me. So I just had to keep going and see what happened. I started looking around to ways to do the bezel but couldn’t find anything that helpful so I just decided to do a line of beads on each corner to make it look like those were what held the cab in place.

 

 

The next problem came along when I started the actual bead embroidery around the cabochon. I was  adamant to make use of these gorgeous Tila beads that I had gotten.the oil slick colour was just fascinating to me and because the picture in the cabochon is a little pale I thought this would give it the oomph it needed.  I sewed on a row of Tila beads on one side of the cab and the when I started going round it just wouldn’t match. I would have more Tilas on one side than the other or I would have huge gaps which were not actually big enough that I couldn’t fill it up with a Tila bead. At this point I had unstitched the beads so many times that my foundation was becoming a bit frail and I was making huffing and puffing noises at each turn. Now I was getting mad at this thing.

 

 

 

To cut the long story short I ended up adding another row of size 10 delicas (the same as the bezel base row) which made it easier for my to fit in the Tila beads in a more uniform manner all around the cab.

To be honest this beading was the first time that a piece had given me such grief. I usually like to plan things out. I get all the beads that I want to use in a piece out and I lay them out to see that they would work and fit the way I want them to and even though in my planning everything seemed to work, when it came to execution I just kept running into problems and couldn’t make things work the way I though they should. I just had to make adjustments as I went along. That is why there is a line of size 15/0 delicas on two outer sides of the rectangle. Sometimes the beads just do what they want to do and you have to fill up the spaces as best as you can. I might not have liked to make all these adjustments when I was making this but now I kind of like this brooch better than anything else I have made so far and I have actually worn it out a few times and gotten compliments on it which I am not going to lie but it makes me really excited.

 

 

List of materials used:

  SILVER-LINED GREY DELICA VEADS SIZE 15/0

•    MEDIUM BLUE IRIS TILA BEADS

•     STEEL METALLIC DELICA BEADS SIZE 10/0

•     SILVER-LINED PALEST GREY SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0

•     IRIS GUNMETAL DELICA SIZE 11/0

•     FIRELINE THREAD 0.006” IN CLEAR

•     LACY’S STIFF STUFF

•     BLACK ULTRASUEDE

•    1.5 INCH BASE METAL PIN BACK

•     E-600 GLUE

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Lady in Blue Dress Brooch

 

I have ordered so many pin backs that I have no choice but to keep making brooches But the time has to come to move on to a different colour! The colour of choice this round: Blue!!

After making the glitter resin cabochon I decided to make some more cabs but this time with pictures in them. If you have made resin pieces before then you know that you can’t mix resin for just one or two pieces. I made a small batch but I still managed to make quite a few cabs in one go.32 to be exact. the only thing with making resin cabs is the wait time and not knowing whether they will come out perfectly each time. I am a bit impatient and having to wait 24 hours to see if everything looks Ok is somewhat of a torture. And there is nothing more frustrating than going through all that and seeing specs of glitter that you didn’t notice stuck on the centre of the picture in the cabochon or seeing watermarks where resin has seeped through the picture.

The picture in this cab is a painting by Jon Whitcomb and is apparently called “ Glamorous blonde lady in blue evening dress” but I cannot be sure about that as I couldn’t find much info on this painting anywhere.

I kept the beading around this cab very simple. I did a peyote stitch bezel around the cab followed by two rows of size 15/0 seed beads and for a little bit of added interest instead of going all the way around the cab as I usually do I decided to use some of the other blue beads that I had just recently purchased from Michaels on the bottom part of the brooch. I used a two-bead backstitch all the way around to sew the beads on. After gluing on the pin back and the Ultrasuede backing I did a simple clean edge to finish off the brooch.

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Silver Glitter Brooch

I am continuing on my monochromatic silver beading journey just so that I could get more comfortable with this whole bead embroider business. I again used different types and shades of silver ( I keep wanting to write different shades of grey but I  have to stop myself from doing so :D) beads that I had just to see how they would look next to each and to be honest what I am seeing is that using all different shapes, sizes and finishes does not make the beadwork look all that bad. I thought it might look a little bit too haphazard and busy but I don’t think that’s really happened here.

I have been looking around for interesting cabochons but I can’t really seem to find something that I like, or the things that I seem to like are kind of  expensive and at this point I don’t think I am ready to invest in pricey cabochons; so I decided to make my own.

The centre cabochon in this brooch is made of clear resin and silver holographic glitter and measures just a hair smaller than a normal 30×40 cabochons but I like the mould because the resin comes out of it super shiny and doesn’t need to be glazed.

I decided to do a peyote stitch bezel around the cab, which is something I hadn’t done before and I thought it was about time to try.  I did a base row with size 10/0 silver delicas around the cab and worked my way up to two rows of size 11/0 seed beads, each in different colour and finally two rows of size 15/0 delicas.

The most problem I had making this brooch was sewing up the last row. I find it’s always a little bit of a hit and miss when using alternating beads of different shapes and size. Sometimes you get to the last two and you see that you don’t have enough space to keep the same alternating pattern going but most times with a little bit of coaxing or readjusting the spacing between the beads you can get it to work. The most important thing is for it to look aesthetically pleasing to your eyes. I find myself being able to tolerate a little bit of space between the beads if that means that I don’t have to use the same bead twice and break the continuity of the pattern. But I have seen a lot of bead work that have just used a bead that can fit into the space and fill it up and it doesn’t look too bad. But as I said it has to be whatever you are comfortable doing in your own work.

To finish off the edge I used size 15/0 delicas, which is a repeat of the last row of beads I used for the bezel around the centre cabochon to do a clean edge and finish off the brooch. In hindsight I could have used the last row of alternating bead to finish off the edge but this was one of my earlier pieces.

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