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Beading

My new craft continues.  I finished another flute wrap.  This one is…..different.  I’m not sure I love it, even though it came out fine.  I used gold glass beads, which I didn’t realize would be so transparent.

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If you look closely, you can see the leather wraps right through the gold beads.  The Phoenix or Thunderbird or Eagle (hey, it’s whatever you want it to be!) can be distinguished – how do I know?  Dear hubby said what it was right off.

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The red beads on the edge are a subtle mat finish and I really am starting to like the mat finish beads very much.  The black and gold are shiny.  Shiny is my default.

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Those strange gray threads sticking out are what bothers me the most.  I used a new to me thread, and I very much dislike it.  I won’t be using it again for warp.  It’s difficult to wrangle, and it’s quite feisty when it comes to handling.

 

This is a hand made bag, made by a Native American Indian friend of mine.  He made it as a “medicine bag” and carries his hand made turtle shell rattle in it.  It’s a very cool bag.  When my friend saw the beaded wraps, he asked me right away, if I’d take on a commission job – which I absolutely HATE to do because I never feel like I’ve lived up to the person’s standards – but I decided I’d give it a try.  The worst that could happen is he rips out all the beads.

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My friend wanted the green parts and the white part to be beaded, in very small beads. Because he had painted over the areas, the suede isn’t very forgiving, and I was afraid it would be difficult for me to get a needle through.  I went to a local bead store where I was helped by someone that is also part Native American, and who also happens to be from near the area in NY where we are originally from (both of us now living in VA).  She was very helpful in suggesting the beads to be used, as well as a needle that would be strong enough to go through the leather, but would still fit the bead holes.  Tricky!

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This is a VERY close up photo of the beads.  They are multi colored which gives the beads a beautiful, earthy dimension.  I really LOVE them.

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Here, I have the cream colored beads all filled in, along with several of the green leaves.  This takes FOR-EVER!  However, I’m finding that I’m enjoying it immensely!

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Close up of the cream beads.  Again, they have slight bits of color in them which makes them earthy and give them depth.  Look at the previous photos, and you don’t see the distinction – but pure white would not have worked.  It would have been too stark.

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This gives you an idea of the needle, thread, and bead sizes.

I have one more large leaf beaded, which leaves one large, one medium, and 2 very small bits left to do.  The 2 small bits, are actually on the front of the bag, and I will have a more difficult time doing them because I will have to manage the needle inside the bag.  The bits you see above, have all been done on the flap, which makes the back very accessible.  Not so much when working on the front of the bag, and have to grab that needle from the inside.  Since I’m working with pliers to pull the needle through every time, it’ll be interesting.

Thanks for checking in on the progress of my beading.  Just another craft I’m getting sucked into!

 

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