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Today, I am proud to say that I am finally finished adding a backing to my beaded motorcycle! This project wasn’t easy either. It took me 3 days to complete! First, I had to find a strong wire that would support my beaded Buell. I ended up getting some 12g coated copper wire at the Home Depot down the street. It is sturdy & heavy and it requires some serious wire cutters! I cut a few pieces, and stitched them into place using needle and strong nylon thread. Then, I cut out some acid-free matte board and stitched that onto the back as well. Now, the piece feels quite substantial.

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Next, I cut out 2 pieces of black Ultrasuede. I added a bit of white glue to the matte board to hold the material in place while I stitched around the bike. There is no backing for the wheels or front end of the bike, but I like how it gives a little insight regarding the methods of my madness.😉

art beading blog bead embroidery beaded Buell motorcycle Boston fire hydrant pop art artist

art beading blog bead embroidery beaded Buell motorcycle Boston fire hydrant pop art artist

art beading blog bead embroidery beaded Buell motorcycle Boston fire hydrant pop art artist

I looked at my calendar and estimated that I worked on this motorcycle for approx. 20 hrs. per week for the past 6 weeks! Now that it is finished, I feel very accomplished! And, now that I sit back and look at it, I can hardly believe that I created this piece of beaded art myself!😮

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Beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle. Glass seed beads, sterling silver, metal hardware, vinyl. 10″wide x 6″. (25cm x 15cm) Click to enlarge.
Next, I have a beaded fire hydrant to make! I’m hoping that won’t take nearly as long…😉

19 thoughts on “>Rear Motorcycle Stand

  1. >OMG…this is SO AWESOME!!! YOU did a an amazing job! It looks SO COOL!!! I like the kickstand and that it stands on its own! It is definitely one of my favorites! Can’t wait for Mark to see it now! WOW girl…you ROCK! Cheering from Oregon…~meP.S. What kind of bike is next? VBG!

  2. >That is amazing!! Have been following your progress and totally impressed. I think I will stick to painting – that looks like so much work.

  3. >holy motocross!FABULOUS! Unbelievably grand!(you have permission to slap me if we ever meet for my idiot comment about the zipper!)(the idiot comment about the fire hydrant, though, stays)

  4. >This is an amazing piece. My husband was quite impressed with it (as a motorcycle lover). It’s been interesting to see how you have done everything, and I’m sure I’ll never have the patience to do anything even remotely like it! The thing that so impresses me is that it looks so true to scale from the front of the piece, yet when looking from the top it’s very slim. I was surprised. Great job!!

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