>Beaded Copper Exhaust Pipe


beaded Buell X-1 Lightning exhaust motorcycle bead embroidery blog pop art


Semi-beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle.
10″wide x 6″. Beadwork in progress. Click to enlarge.

Is it me, or does peyote stitch take forever? That’s what I thought when I was beading the first exhaust pipe for my beaded motorcycle. Using copper size 11 seed beads, I worked peyote stitch around a piece of electrical cord. It’s not stitched to the bike yet, because I want to see how it looks first. I also completed the tail lights, and I stitched some blue size 13 charlotte seed beads around the top of the fork tube… My first thought is that the copper pipe looks too big, but I’m not sure! Regardless, it looks pretty interesting so far! 😀 

14 thoughts on “>Beaded Copper Exhaust Pipe

  1. >Ah, cool, this piece of art! Guess, my collegues in the company could give you the exact size of the copper tube. Give or take a tenth inch, though. I love bikes, but not on the same road with me, hehe. From my viewpoint, it’s really a great work!Cheers, Frank

  2. >I think it looks bigger than it is, because of the lighter color and more muted color of the copper! I think it look really good and I think peyote takes forever too.

  3. >Yes, peyote stitch definitely is more time consuming, with the adding one bead at a time!Your motorcycle is coming along beautifully. What an amazing piece of artwork!

  4. >We don’t think it is too big.Thank you for entering our Name the Wabbit competition. We made £29 for the Hillside Animal Sanctuary the the winning name was Hopkins entered by Sunny’s Mommy.FAZ

  5. >I can’t comment on the peyote stitch issue but the copper exhaust pipe addition looks great. The dimension of the piece is incredible…wonderful to watch as it comes together.

  6. >It’s not you; it’s peyote stitch! (Ask me how I know that…) And the pipe may look a little large because it’s in “warm” color contrast to the other cool (and therefore receding) “metal” around it.Looking good, that’s what it’s looking! 😀

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