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.
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. 😉
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… 😉