Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another New Adventure

Even though I have been beadweaving for around twenty years, there is still soooo much I've never tried. Other members of my Etsy team, Etsy Beadweavers Team, are constantly providing me with inspiration and encouragement to expand my horizons, not to mention, how-to and resource information. When I emailed the group recently that I would like to try my hand at making a shaped cuff over a metal form, several members were quick to point me in the right direction. Besides providing me with some pretty darn good written instructions, they also suggested the book "The Art of Bead Embroidery" by Serrafini and Kumli and a terrific video both on YouTube and at Fire Mountain Gems with Sherry Serrafini showing step by step how to put together a cuff on a metal foundation. So armed with a little bit of knowledge and a lot of determination, I've set about to create my first bead embroidered cuff on a metal band.

First, I measured my aluminum cuff blank (purchased from gottagetadeal on Etsy) and made a template for future use. Then I cut a lining for the inside of the cuff from black ultrasuede and glued it to the inside of the foundation. I also cut a piece of backing for the embroidery out of a stiff felt. This is the same backing material I use for cabochon necklaces. Next, I glued in place the three cabochons I had selected to use as focals. The center one is a faux red jasper and the two outer ones are repurposed button earrings. I loved the blend of colors in them! Now I was ready to choose beads for enhancing the cabs.

There were lots of reds, copper, bronze and even black in the button earring "cabs" so of course those were the colors I went with. Picked out seed beads, firepolish crystals and some glass and metal accent beads and I was ready to roll.

Other than positioning the three cabs and knowing that I would bezel them with the crystals and seed beads, I really didn't have a pre-formed notion of what I was going to do. The piece is sort of evolving from "what if and let's try this" moments. Oddly enough, I've found that some of my best work happens this way. So far, I'm pleased with this creative process and think the cuff is going to be a keeper. My boyfriend says it's gaudy and maybe it is, but I love color and texture. So I shall continue on doing what I do and when it's all finished, I'll post it here.


Foxan said...

Yepp! The best items are usually made that way ;)
Glad you found our suggestions useful!
Best of luck,

Anonymous said...

Wow this is coming along brilliantly! I love the rich colours you're using, not gaudy at all to me. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece :)

I'm also going to be making my first embroidered cuff very soon!

Liz x

Mary T Designs said...

I can't wait to see the finished product. The colors are wonderful. It will be a beauty!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!! Can't wait to see it finished too.

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Not gaudy at all!!! I realy like your colors and textures. Beauteous!

roseworksjewelry said...

I think it's gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished!

Dawn N said...

The colors are beautiful. I've never made a bead embroidered cuff so I'm anxious to see how your's turns out. It looks great so far.

DEBGER said...

Keep going, cannot wait to see the end product, it's going to be stunning.