The reason it took me awhile to start working on my beaded motorcycle
project was because I had ordered custom parts for it, and I had to wait to get them! So, yesterday, I took a ride to Beaucoup Beads
in Scituate Harbor
to pick up some rims!
Check them out:
Felt foundation for a beaded motorcycle. 10″wide x 6″.
These hammered sterling silver rings were created by Erin
, a metalsmith who works at the bead shop. I had noticed that she had made some of these rings in various sizes for the shop, but I needed a larger size. So, I asked her to create 3 custom-sized rings for this piece – the 3 largest ones! I think she did a great job! The largest in the set measures about 2.25″ in diameter, and the smallest is 0.5″. I will admit that I was a bit worried when I picked them up… but, now that I see them, I think I can make them work! 😀
The other metal parts you see in this photo would actually be a shock absorber on a real bike (I think!). I didn’t know what I was planning to use for that, but it had to be cylindrical. So I went to the hardware store and found 2 tension pins! I have no idea what these are actually intended for, but they are the perfect size for this part! Now, I must figure out how to attach them to beadwork & felt… And, how will I suspend the wheel components so that they look like they are inside the tire? Wish me luck! 😮