Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stuck with it!

This is my current project. I abandoned the failed beaded motifs, and decided to go with my current beading love, embroidery! The problem with my inspiration is that I had to glue the precious faerie pendant down to the felt to embroider around her. There's no going back now! If this idea doesn't work on, she'll be all besmirched with glue and felt, and I may not be able to salvage her -- short of cutting away most of the felt and never letting anyone see her back!

The cabochon was sent to me by my secret birthday buddy last year. I'm pretty sure that it's petrified wood. The warm honey color with traces of rust nicely fits with the color scheme I had picked. It's a very thick cab, so I need to bead fast to get it properly bezeled into place before I can move on to the rest of the embroidery.

I left the faerie's wing-tip-loop below the felt, because a bezeled rivoli will be hanging from the bottom.

Did I mention that I have a week to finish this before gem show starts?


  1. I love seeing projects midway through creation. CAn't wait to see the finished piece.
    Your beautiful fairy looks a wee bit like a lunar moth, doesn't she? She's lovely!

  2. Can't wait to see finished project. Are you going to any of the Tucson shows? Maybe we could meet at one? That would be totally fun:)


  3. that is going to be lovely! can't wait to see the finished product.

    btw... what kind of glue did you use?

  4. What kind of glue and what's the fairy made of? There's a possibility they can be separated without problems. I like the fairy and the cab together!

  5. Shannon, she is a Luna Moth! She has the little "eyes" on the back of her wings :) Isn't she beautiful? I got her from Green Girl Studios.

    Jolene, my gem show shopping schedule is kind of up in the air right now, but I will be working at the Beyond Beadery booth at Best Bead! Stop in and say Hi :)

    Amber Leilani and Marilee, the faerie is made of shibiuchi (an alloy of copper and silver) and I used E6000 to glue her down.

  6. Okay, I know you can get the felt wet with mineral spirits and then scrape the E6000 away with a knife, but I don't know if you can do that to shibuichi.

  7. Marilee, turns out it doesn't matter because my idea worked and the necklace is shaping up to be beautiful! I hope to finish it tomorrow, or Weds night during gaming as a worst-case scenario.

  8. Oh, cool!