Monday, August 27, 2007

Beaded Face Pin #2

I'm calling her Mardi Gras, doesn't she look festive? This is a ceramic face I found on Ebay in this store. I bought it awhile back knowing I wanted to bead it up for this swap.

Her hair falls all over the place when the pin is held up or put on. All that party is packed into about 2 inches (not counting the hair).

It has somewhat of an uneven edge, so I used a window bezel as found in Beading with Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin. It is the first time I tried this kind of bezel, I like it!

Following the instructions I beaded a row or back stitch around the edge in size 8/0 beads, then added fringe every 3 bead by coming out one of the beads in the base row, and adding 2 size 11/0 beads and a size 14/0 bead as the stopper. Once all the fringe was done, I came back up through a fringe stack and out the 14/o stopper. I added 3 size 11/0 beads and went through the next stopper bead, continuing around until I arrived back at the beginning.


Sunni said...

Grace your work is always interesting to me. You seem to have a knack for finding the most interesting faces.

beadbabe49 said...

I really like the colors and feeling of this one...and I love the Eakins book...haven't done any of the bezels yet, but they are so useful for unusual shapes and sizes!

Grace said...

Thanks friends... glad you like it.

Sunni - I have a love/hate relationship with faces, sometimes they scare me, other times I just love them - I search Ebay frequently for different faces just for fun.

Bobbi - that book has really come in handy, it's helped me quite a bit with many different stitches.

KV said...

This is really charming!

Kathy V in NM

Grace said...

Thanks Kathy - I'm looking forward to seeing what you create!

Kiwi Ellen said...

This has to be my favorite of them all Grace, it really is a OOAK

Grace said...

Thank you Ellen, glad you like it!

Anonymous said...

Love the piece! I've used the window style of bezel on a couple of my pieces and like the look. Now I'll have to check out the book.

Thanks Grace

Beadily yours
Susan Feldkamp

Gale said...

It's an impressive face, and you did a great job beading it. I just got the Eakin book and I'm anxious to give it a try. Thanks for the link to the ebay store. Gale

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