>24K Gold Beaded Mosaics

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When I think about my visit to St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, I remember the bright mosaics which adorned its interior and arches. These mosaics contain gold, bronze, and a variety of precious stones. 

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So, I decided to use gold Delicas for my beaded mosaics! I used Matte 24K Gold & 24K Gold Iris seed beads as well as 13/0 blue charlottes. 24K gold plated seed beads are much more expensive than regular seed beads – about 3 times the price (approx. $13 – $17/5 grams) – but in this case I think it’s worth it. I still have a few more gold mosaic arches to bead on the upper level, but so far, I like it! How do you think my beaded Basilica looks so far?

beaded beadwork Venice Italy St. Marks Square campanile erosion fiber art Basilica bead embroidery blog relief painting

Also, just a quick note to remind everyone that tonight from 6-8pm is the opening reception for Media Mix at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA. Yesterday, I went to a special preview and spoke to some of the other artists about my beadwork. For a sneak peek, please visit my Facebook page, or my Flickr. Hope to see you there!🙂

3 thoughts on “>24K Gold Beaded Mosaics

  1. >Thank you both! And, Sharon, you're right- St. Mark's Square is magical. In fact, the entire city of Venice is magical! I just loved every bit of it. Thanks for following my work in progress! =:)

  2. >I am always in awe of your detailed, marvelous work!Saint Mark's Square is such a magical place. The day I was there, there were several bands and orchestras playing, a group of tango dancers in one corner, plenty of pigeons, lots of young lovers, and plenty of tourists.Your work in progress brings back memories–can't wait to see the finished piece.Knot-Cha-Chá!™****

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