Friday, May 23, 2008

Bead embroidered cuff, spiral rope

Above are my current excuses for not keeping in touch. I've been on vacation for the last seven days - and these are the latest pieces. Nose to the grindstone. Discipline 'r' Us.
This is the first time I'm using a brass cuff form for bead embroidery. Having just finished the piece, I find myself terrified of slathering E6000 all over the back and gluing it - & the lining - into place. I'll have to get over myself though if I ever want to sell cuffs - because otherwise, everything has to be made to specific wrist sizes. Wish me luck?
The necklace was a treat to make. Spiral stitch just whips along doesn't it? The rope is 37 inches long & could be worn doubled. The stones are azurite, with little Bali spacers & a Big Bali Silver wheel in the center. The little silver magnet catch is astonishingly strong and I love it because it just looks like a small silver bead.


herhimnbryn said...

lj, these are gorgeous. The colours in both are spot on. How many hours to make the cuff?
Am making some Mosaics to hopefully exhibit at Xmas and for the first time am logging the hours. Have been astonished at the time it takes.
Do you include design time in your hours too?

beadbabe49 said...

the cuff just gives me shivers!

LJ said...

Hi Herhimnbryn. Thank you. I love blues & greens. The pic isn't totally accurate - there is a sharper turquoise in there.
How many hours? 4 days, pretty constant. I don't know HOW I arrived at 35 hours for the last one - which was an inch wider. As to design time, I have an admission. I rarely plan. I sketch a shape right on the backing & then some lines etc. I have a color scheme in my head. That's about it, unless it's a formal and complex design. If I sketch first - I end up bored after 15 hours because it's like I've already done it and am repeating myself.
BB! Woman of tiny perfect houses. Thank you.
By the way, the glue part went fine. And I'm half way through whip stitching the edges!

The Lone Beader said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Love your colourful cuff. I would totally wear that! :D