In the first installment of my bead embroidery project, I talked about the cab I had gotten that had some slight issues, and what I could do with it for a bead embroidery project.
Well, here I am again, with more trials, tribulations....and photos!
Bead Embroidery, Freeform-Style
If you follow my work at all, you know my first love is freeform projects. And this one started out...interestingly.
So, you can see in the photo to the right that I have begun making my bezel asymmetrically -- I've added size 15 pink beads to the left side, but not to the right.
When beading freeform, you don't always know where your beading will take you. And the first place it took me was....ummmm....interesting. I don't mean to scare you, but here is how I started, before I ripped part of it out.
That topknot was getting out of hand, so I took it out, but I kept the work I had done on the left side of the cab.
Decisions and Balance
Freeform bead embroidery isn't just willy-nilly putting beads on and calling it good. Why? Because it can get out of hand (like the topknot) and become unbalanced.
And even though your project won't be symetrical, it does need to have a flow of sorts.
With that in mind, I continued on with the project, and it got to be fun again.
Bead Embroidery and Color (or Lack Thereof)
I still stand by my wish to keep the eye drawn to the cab, so I am using black beads of different sizes, shapes and finishes. But I realized that I needed to throw back in a little bit of color, as it was getting a little too funeral-ish.
So, I decided to add in some iris-colored beads, which unfortunately don't show up very well in this photo. In case you're not familiar with iris coloring, it's an almost metallic look with shimmers of pink, gold, purple, etc.
What shimmers/shine you do see in the photo to the right are the iris beads, but not all of them are showing up.
Yep, I know this still looks a wee bit messy/unbalanced, but I am not done yet! Part of the process is getting the base done, then strategically placing other beads where they are needed.
I don't know if you do this too, but while I am working on one project, I am busily scoping out ideas for the next. Last post, I said I was going to do a little ebay shopping, and I did. I have quite a few cabs winging their way to me!
Naturally, I'll share photos with you when they get delivered to me.
Meanwhile, here are some more interesting cabs to get your ideas humming while I am working on my next installment of this bead embroidery project.
4685cts NATURAL LOVELY AFRICAN OCEAN JASPER OVAL CABOCHON PENDANT SIZE GEMSTONE
$4.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 43m
Cabochons Gemstone Leopard Skin Jasper 8x10mm Pkg 10
Time Remaining: 19d 21h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $3.00
14Pcs Golden Sand Stone Cabochon CAB E91578
$0.38 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 44m
2Pcs Natural Amethyst Cabochon CAB Q27734
$1.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2h 51m
Natural Agate Titanium Druzy Cabochon CAB T113034
$2.25 (14 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 6m
Sodalite Jasper Cabochon CAB T113046
$0.70 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 3h 22m
Cabochon Gemstone Bracciated Jasper 10x14 mm Pkg 10
Time Remaining: 10d 23h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $3.75
13240Cts WOW 100 NATURAL TOP RED SNAKE SKIN JASPER ROUND CAB GEMSTONE C6 01
$9.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3h 36m
3390Cts HIGH GRADE GENUINE DINOSAUR JASPER CUSHION CABOCHON AFRICAN GEMSTONE
$4.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 4h 7m
I started talking about bead embroidery in the last post, and I thought I would lead you through my latest bead embroidery work in progress.
(I should have taken a photo when I didn't have anything on the cab, but oh well.)
Se here we go, a stunning pink agate cabochon. Well, almost stunning; when I received it, I notices quite a few pock marks and pits on the cab -- that will teach me to order something blindly! (But in the seller's defense, I had bought plenty other items that weren't pocked/pitted.)
My original thought of doing a more minimalistic project was kind of dashed, because I needed to hide these marks somehow. Fortunately, the absolute worst was along the edge, so would easily be covered by the bead bezel.
But what to do about the rest? I do have some thoughts and ideas; I'll just have to see how they pan out in practice.
When I got this cab (and it really is prettier in person; I haven't been able to capture the gorgeous coloration), I wondered what colors I should use for the beading. I went through all the stash and found some pinks and purple that were about right.
Then I decided that instead of competing with the cab, I should be setting it off. So I chose black.
But, my plans are to use several kinds of black beads. I have both matte and opaque, in seed beads, bugles and matagamas. I may throw in some hematite colored beads; not sure on that yet.
So stay with me over the next week or so, and you'll see this cab bead embroidery project evolve.
Getting Another Cab
I am enjoying bead embroidery, so I am always on the lookout for cabochons to use.
My favorite haunts are gem and jewelry shows, but alas, there won't be any here for a few months.
I decided to take a look at ebay. Although I haven't bought any there in the past couple of years, I decided to peruse their offerings yesterday and found all kinds of goodies! And best yet -- in the vast majority of cases, it's what you see is what you get -- no ordering where you get something "similar" to the photo. (Although there are a few of those, they are usually very clearly marked.)
My own personal preference is sizes 25mm x 18mm up to around 45mm x 35mm. But I have been known to go higher and lower for a gorgeous cab. The pink one I am working on is something like 51mm x 38mm.
Anyway, I'm taking a coffee break and seeing what else tickles my fancy for an upcoming project (in other words -- time to go shopping). Then it's back to work for my next installment on the above bead embroidery project.
A0067451 Dragon Veins Agate Oval CAB CABOCHON
$0.11 (4 Bids)
Time Remaining: 36m
Montana Agate Stone Cabochon Small Bargain Gemstone 2
Time Remaining: 28d 23h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $18.00
2675Cts NATURAL DESIGNER CRAZY LACE AGATE 31MM ROUND CABOCHON LOOSE GEMSTONE
$4.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 39m
K0149472 Crazy Lace Agate CAB CABOCHON
$3.47 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 42m
2Pcs Peachblow Onyx Agate Cabochon CAB E100783
Time Remaining: 29d 18h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $3.80
G0077800 Beautiful Fire Agate Oval CAB CABOCHON
$2.20 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 10m
3370Cts 100 NATURAL TOP QUALITY CRAZY LACE AGATE PEAR CABOCHON GEMSTONE C6 02
$2.75 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 14m
3419Cts NATURAL CRAZY LACE AGATE CABOCHON GEMSTONE C6 341
Time Remaining: 21h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $7.00
V0000445 Dragon Veins Agate CAB CABOCHON
$0.01 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1h 22m