Here are a few more felt shapes I’ve cut out for my beaded pop art self-portrait. To the far left, you’ll see the felt foundation for what will be a beaded Bang & Olufsen stereo. And, on the right, you see the Maxell Girl (me) sitting in what will be my beaded version of a Le Corbusier club chair with a lamp next to her. After I cut out all of these felt shapes, I used small amounts of Elmer’s glue to stick them together.
Next, I’ve gathered together the supplies I need to get started on my beadwork, including:
You’ll also see a copper ring that I wear on occasion. It makes clipping thread very convenient, because you don’t have to reach for the scissors. Plus, it’s great for traveling.
The off-whites will be used for the lampshade, the shell-coloured seed beads will be used for my skin, and the black 1/2 bugle beads & twisted bugle beads will be used for the chair. I also picked up 3 tubes of Delicas. Like Maxell recording media, Delicas are made in Japan. They are the world’s most uniform seed beads, and they are available in more colours than one could ever dream of. I don’t usually use these because they are so uniform in size, and they are quite pricey, but I loved the colours. I chose Matte Metallic Khaki, Peach Topaz Gold, and Variegated Taupe. My thought is to mix those 3 colours together to use for beaded hair… We’ll see how that works out…
Now, I’m finally ready to start beading.
Where do you think I’ll start first??