Large Beaded Leopard Brooch

Dear friends, I have been busy working on yet another custom order! Here is my latest – a large beaded Leopard brooch.. This is my first wild cat pin!

Beaded Leopard Brooch Bead embroidery beadwork Etsy Amazon Handmade Beads Cat Animal Jewelry

After working on a sketch, I transferred the image to a piece of stiff beading foundation and cut it out. Then, I cut out several more pieces of felt which would make the body of the cat appear to be in relief. After stitching these felt pieces together, I began beading the cat’s face. This piece is larger than usual, so it was a bit easier to get some detail in the cat’s face and nose. I used at least 8 different color seed beads as well as tiny glass eyes for the face.

Beaded Leopard Brooch Bead embroidery animal pin Beadwork cat jewelry beads Etsy Amazon artist

By the time I started the body, I was using just 5 colors of seed beads. Two different shades of gold, black, transparent black, and a transparent cream color. When the Leopard’s body was beaded, I layered some matte brown beads to mimic the spots on the animal’s back. Beaded Leopard cat brooch bead embroidery animal jewelry beadwork beads etsy artist fashion Amazon Handmade

I stitched wire to the back of the Leopard to stiffen his legs and tail, then I stitched Ultrasuede and a pin back to reverse side of the piece..

Beaded Leopard pin back brooch Etsy Amazon Handmade cat jewelry bead embroidery seed beads Ultrasuede

This piece is oversized. It measures approx. 3.5″ wide x 2.25″ tall… What do you think?  :D