>Beaded Bike Wheels

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My kitchen table doesn’t look much better since my last post. In fact, it’s worse! It is covered with beads, metal parts, and felt! I am too embarrassed to show you, so I’ll just show you the motorcycle I’m working on.😀

beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle pop art beadwork Boston bead embroidery felt shapes bike
On every other vehicle, I start with the body, but for a motorcycle, I am starting with the wheels, because they are most complex. This particular bike is a Buell, however I’m not sure it will look like one when I’m done! As usual, I am beading on vinyl, but this is a much thicker one than I had been using for car windows. I didn’t know if I could stitch through it at first, but I can make it work. My plan is to cut out the excess vinyl when I am done. (We’ll see how that works!) Anyways, I’m using copper-lined transparent blue seed beads. I have also just realized that I can stitch onto the reverse side of vinyl as well! So, I stitched on some 3-strand metal spacers. These are usually used to make 3-strand bracelets or necklaces, but they look much cooler on a beaded motorcycle! Here is the reverse side:

beaded Buell motorcycle pop art beadwork Boston bead embroidery felt shapes bike

And, here is the front. You can see the metal spacers in between the rows of beads. I like them because you can see their holes pretty well when you hold the piece up to the light! Also, take a look at the inside of the tire. I was trying to figure out what I would do to make it look more realistic, and then I remembered I had some 28g pure silver bezel wire in my bead stash! I got that last year with my awarded gift certificate to Art Clay World. I figured I might need it for car moldings or something. Turns out it’s perfect to wrap around the inside edge of a motorcycle tire!

beaded Buell motorcycle pop art beadwork Boston bead embroidery felt shapes bike
Now, I have to figure out how I’m gonna put it all together!😮

beaded Buell motorcycle pop art beadwork Boston bead embroidery felt shapes bike
Semi-beaded Buell motorcycle. 10″wide x 6″.

10 thoughts on “>Beaded Bike Wheels

  1. >Oh…this is going to be fantastic!!! The tires look so real and Erin did a great job for you on the hammered SS rims. The bezel wire is perfect for the inside of the tire too…so realistic. DH thinks this is SO cool too…so you really have two of us watching from here! ;-)That is great news about a possible showing with Bead & Fiber. How exciting. The gallery pictures look wonderful! I think it is really cool that there is a gallery that is just about beads and fiber!!!I saw this beaded picture by Scott somewhere before too! I also enjoyed seeing his work on his website…just amazing! Another very inspiring bead artist. I can certainly see why you are going back to see the exhibit…I would too! Thank you for sharing!Wow, I see how cold it is your way! Be safe, take care and stay warm!!! Have a great weekend! ~Lisa😉

  2. >I’m really loving this one. So you did a tour of the Royal Opera House. I take it yours was a private one. I thought I’d go back and do the organised one. Be fun to see all the workings out the back.

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