Glue on ultra suede backing and trim neatly.
now I need to embellish with an edging stitch that looks pretty and covers the raw edges of the backing.
side view of edging stitches
Finally make a bail and add ear wires and I now have a pretty pair of finished bead embroidered earrings.
I like how they turned out and if you do to they are available in my Artfire shop http://Gingerbells.artfire.com.
Time to pick up where we left off in last post…….
This step is back stitching the foundation row for the peyote stitch bezel.
Completing base row now on to the bezel…
Bezel is beginning to take shape
Bezel is coming along. Now it’s time to trim away background and begin to embellish.
Trimmed free of extra backing…it’s gonna be pretty.
Back of cabochon….next I need to add backing so the stitches will be hidden.
Next post will be adding the backing and then the fun part embellishment and then finishing. I am excited to see how they turn out, I have no idea what they will look like until they are finished.
I love beads and gemstones of every kind and I was lucky to find a matched pair of Kyanite cabochons. They are a beautiful blue violet stone that has a lot of depth and color. I decided when I saw them that they had to be a pair of earrings. Then I thought it would be fun to share the creative process step by step.
I am not a good planner when I make something I kinda like to create as I go letting the project develop organically. That being said I am trying to be a better planner so step one of this bead embroidered project was to make a rough[very rough] sketched plan as a starting point who knows if I will follow the design as sketched.
The next step is to mount the stones to some very stiff interfacing that will become a stitching base. I use e-6000 glue it’s stinky for a while but works great for this step.
Now come the fun and frustrating job of picking the colors of beads to stitch with. I an very inspired by color and for me it’s a big part in the development of a design. I have a huge stash of beads to choose from. I like using Delica beads; they are a very high quality bead from Japan.
I like to start with a lot of colors and then narrow them down to a few…
Now the stitching begins…..to be continued in next post.
I oive doing bead embroidery is is one of my favorite things to do because I find it really relaxing. I thought I would do a couple of post to show how I combine polymer clay,seed bead,crystals and gemstones to make fun one of a kind pieces.
This pendant is an example of how making my own cabochon from polymer clay gives me a one of a kind piece.
In this post I’ll show how my “cabochons” look before I start my projects. I make my clay pieces about 1/4 inch thick and flat on the back. This makes them easy to get a good grip when I glue them down to the foundation material.
Below is an example of some I made yesterday. I am going to make a pendant and a pair of earrings for the ones in the 1st. photo.
I am going to list the one in the second photo in my shop http://GingerbellsToo.artfire.com for someone else to use in their projects. The teardrop shaped one is my favorite. I use that shape a lot in my designs.
in another post I will show how I start a project using my polymer pieces.