>Beaded Back to the Future – Part 2

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Bead embroidery on 16″ x 20″ painting. Part 2 of 3.

Last night, I worked on my second painting in my beaded Back to the Future trilogy, and this time I think I finished it! I stitched my antique clock parts onto the canvas, and then I painted over them with acrylics! It really wasn’t my intention to do that, but after I stitched them on, I realized I wasn’t done painting. I think I really like this effect. It makes the clock parts actually appear to be part of the painting!😀

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Next, I stitched my beaded DeLorean time machine to my canvas. It is a heavy piece, but my idea still works. It is stitched on at each end of the car, and the center is supported by nothing! But, the beadwork does not collapse because there is a sturdy metal fabric stitched to the back. Here is a side view of my canvas:

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When the piece is hanging on the wall, the DeLorean bead art ‘pops’ out of the canvas by 3″!! Einstein is traveling through time directly toward the viewer! My only concern with this design is the weight of the beadwork and the long term affect it will have on the stretched canvas. So, I plan to add 2 extra small screw eyes to the back of the wooden frame. Then, I will throw in a few more stitches and actually stitch to the hardware. This will pull the piece back to the frame, and will hopefully provide some sort of strain relief or ‘safety’… So, even though I am finished with my painting, I am still not finished! Ah well…next, I will continue working on the 3rd and final part of this piece

15 thoughts on “>Beaded Back to the Future – Part 2

  1. >Thanks everyone! I really like how this one turned out! I hung it on the wall, and it is quite impressive even to my own critical eye!And, thanks for the suggestion, Cynthia! I have thought about using wood to support heavier pieces. My only issue is that I have been stitching my bead embroidery to the canvas, so how would I attach it to a piece of wood? I guess I will solve these types of problems as needed. Until then, this method is working great!😀

  2. >I haven’t visited in awhile, but WOW – you’ve really made progress! I love how the lights of the machine turned out.You could use a wood support instead of stretched canvas for heavier items. It’s fantastic to paint on, but doesn’t quite have that bounce that canvas has.

  3. >Thank you!! *blush* :)Mary, I forgot about that kind of wire that is used for sculpting… I will have to check that out! The one I am using is like a stiff screen/metal grid that I cut to shape. This wire needs to be very strong to support the weight! And, I am confident that once I add the extra hardware on the back and a few more stitches, it will be fine! Thanks for stoppin by!😀

  4. >The painting is now truly wonderful! I’m impressed. The clock pieces are just right. I’ve used wire through small drilled holes in ceramic work but never the stuff on canvas. I’ve also used the wire sort of canvas stuff that stretches for sculpting and attaching plaster to for stiffness, but not a straight sheet of metal. I hope the attachment lasts for a long time as it is a wonderful piece!

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