>Free Parking Spot

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Today, I finished what I’ve been beading for the past 8 weeks! Check out my latest piece – a beaded motorcycle replica & fire hydrant scene:
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Beaded Boston fire hydrant pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog

Beaded Boston fire hydrant pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog3D beaded Boston fire hydrant.
4″ x 1.75″w (10cm x 4cm)
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Afterall, there’s no where else to park in the city of Boston! :/

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Bead embroidery on felt. 12″ x 6″ (30cm x 15cm)
Beaded motorcycle – 10″ x 6″ (25cm x 15cm)
glass seed beads, sterling silver, metal hardware, vinyl
Beaded Buell motorcycle Free parking spot Boston pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog
Think I’ll get a parking ticket?? 😉

Beaded Buell motorcycle Free parking spot Boston pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog

>Rear Motorcycle Stand

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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. 😉

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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… 😉

>Typical Boston Fire Hydrant

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I wanted to be completely finished with my beaded motorcycle by now, but no such luck. Apparently my mind works faster than I do. While I continue working on that, I thought I’d show you a sneak peek at what will be the second part of my current project – a Boston fire hydrant!

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I traced this image from a photo I took near South Station last week. I think a beaded fire hydrant will look perfect next to my beaded motorcycle. Afterall, where else is there to park in the city of Boston?? 😉

>Kickstand

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I just finished up some of the last details on my beaded motorcycle. I added a sideview mirror and another beaded electrical wire. The mirror is made completely from glass beads and thread. It stands up straight all on its own! Then, I stitched some black felt around the edges of the beadwork…
beading blog beaded Buell X-1 lightning motorcycle pop art beadwork bead embroideryBeaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle.
10″wide x 6″. Beadwork in progress. Click to enlarge. 

Next, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to finish this piece. It seems that each piece I create sort of takes its own shape, and I just have to complete it. I guess my motorcycle is no different – it clearly wants to stand up like a real bike!

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To test this, I propped it up against a piece of hard wire, and it seems to balance fine! It has been standing like this for a couple of hours now, and hasn’t fallen over! So, I think I will go with that plan, and design a ‘kickstand’ for it. I think it will look cool! 😀 

 

>Motorcycle Zipper Treads

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10″wide x 6″. Beadwork in progress. Click to enlarge.

Yay! I finally stitched tire treads to the wheels of my beaded motorcycle! I used metal zippers for this. I also stitched the front tire to rest of the bike! Looks pretty cool, but I am still not finished. I have a couple more details to add. There are a few design issues I need to figure out, as well… like how to finish the piece! But for now, I will just marvel at my own beadwork. 😉

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Also, if you have time, check out my latest interview on the new Inspirational Beading blog:
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Thank you for reading!! 😀

>Back of the Beaded Bike

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I haven’t showed you the back of my beaded motorcycle in awhile. Most of the stitches are covered with one piece of felt. The rear wheel and my peyote stitch copper exhaust pipes are finally stitched on. I have started to line the edges with some black felt. And, I stitched on some beaded electrical wires using black bugle beads…

It looks like I am almost done, but I still have to create a rear-view mirror, add some more beadwork to the front wheel, maybe add some more orange seed beads, and I still have to stitch on the tire treads! 😮

beaded Buell X-1 Lightning exhaust motorcycle bead embroidery blog pop art
Semi-beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle.
10″wide x 6″. Beadwork in progress. Click to enlarge.

There is still so much to bead, that I might have to work on this a little over the weekend! I also need to think about whether this will be a stand-alone beaded bike, or a part of a larger piece… Only time will tell… 😉

>Beaded Copper Exhaust Pipe

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beaded Buell X-1 Lightning exhaust motorcycle bead embroidery blog pop art

 

Semi-beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle.
10″wide x 6″. Beadwork in progress. Click to enlarge.


Is it me, or does peyote stitch take forever? That’s what I thought when I was beading the first exhaust pipe for my beaded motorcycle. Using copper size 11 seed beads, I worked peyote stitch around a piece of electrical cord. It’s not stitched to the bike yet, because I want to see how it looks first. I also completed the tail lights, and I stitched some blue size 13 charlotte seed beads around the top of the fork tube… My first thought is that the copper pipe looks too big, but I’m not sure! Regardless, it looks pretty interesting so far! 😀