>Washers for Wheels

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beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan Boston artist U.S. pop art war bead embroideryLast night, I worked on the wheels for my beaded M1 Abrams military tank. I really liked the washers that I had shown previously because they were the perfect size for the piece, so I decided to just bead right over them using lazy stitch.

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan Boston artist U.S. pop art war bead embroidery
I am using tiny size 15 seed beads, so it is taking awhile. Also, due to the weight of the hardware, I must stitch through each row of beads twice to make sure the washer is secure.

beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan Boston artist U.S. pop art war bead embroidery

You’re probably wondering about the colour of the wheels. Real military tanks have no metal showing – they are painted almost entirely in camo colours, but since this is art, not an exact replica, and I want this piece to look a bit edgy. I really like the look of seed beads over metal. I am hoping it will remind the viewer of the power of the vehicle itself even though mine is made mostly from tiny glass seed beads. Guess I won’t know exactly how it will look until I’m completely finished, so I’d better get back to beading!😀

4 thoughts on “>Washers for Wheels

  1. >Oooo… I am SO impressed with you! You must have a TON of patience. The tank is really starting to look beautiful. :)31everything.com

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