Hot Wheels Bead Art Car

Last week, I worked on a new project – one that I’ve been meaning to try for awhile. I decided to cover an old beat-up Hot Wheels car using tiny Japanese glass seed beads! This one happens to be a blue Nissan Silvia. Check it out:

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First, I glued a thin piece of Ultrasuede to the underside of the car. Then, I peyote-stitched size 15 seed beads around the car, stitching the edges to the Ultrasuede beneath.

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Considering it is my first time beading a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car, I think it turned out looking pretty cool! Its also a fun way to recycle an old toy that was otherwise headed for the landfill. The best part is, even though it is now a work of art, it can still be used as the toy it was meant to be:) I am currently running this item on Ebay for a limited time, afterwards, it will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. What should I bead next? 😀

Rhinestone Squaredelle Headlights & Coupon Code

For the past few days, I’ve been busy beading my semi- truck. I used Preciosa rhinestone squaredelles for the head lights. I stitched them on end which really helps to create dimension! I also beaded several layers of metallic Delicas around them to keep them together. How do you think it looks so far? Next, I will start working more detailed parts, like side-view mirrors and exhaust stacks.. :O

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Besides this project, I have been preparing for my first bead embroidery workshop. I am also currently celebrating 200 sales in my Etsy shop! FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS use coupon code OCT200 to receive 10% off any order now through October 31, 2012. Thank you so much for your interest in my beadwork! 😀

Semi-Beaded Semi

I have finally found some time to start working on a larger piece – a beaded semi-truck! This one is inspired by a friend’s photo of a Peterbilt truck spotted at work one day.

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I enlarged the photo and used it to cut out many layers of felt in several shapes. The felt foundation measures approx. 10″ x 10″.. I stitched the layers of felt together and began beading an American flag grille using a mix of red, white, & blue seed beads.

beadwork bead embroidery American Flag grille beaded Peterbilt tractor trailer

Once I finished the flag, I beaded a silver frame around it. I used 11/o Czech glass charlottes, and larger fire-polished beads. It is very sparkly, much like the real truck:)

semi beaded Peterbilt tractor trailor felt bead embroidery beadwork car bead painting relief

Now, I am working on the bumper. This area is quite large, so I stitched a variety of metal beads onto the felt. I plan to fill in the spaces with more seed beads. How does it look so far? 😀

Yellow Magatama Taxi Cab

Beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery Magatama see beads

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

I’ve been busy the past couple of days. I spent mostly all of Tuesday redesigning my official website using iWeb. It’s almost complete, and I hope to have it up and running soon! I am also still working on my third beaded NYC taxi cab. Above, you can see that I have used several different yellow seed beads in size 11/o, as well as Miyuki Magatama seed beads. Magatamas are similar to a drop bead but they are more round than they are teardrop shaped. I think they will help to add a new texture to the larger taxi cabs in my beaded Radio City Music Hall scene! Next I must finish the windows as well as the sign on top of the car. Back to beading! 🙂

Semi-Beaded Taxi Cab #3

Beaded NYC yellow taxi cab bead embroidery

Semi-beaded NYC taxi cab #3. Bead embroidery on felt. 14" x 4.5" (36cm x 11cm).

Finally some more progress on my beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. I started beading a 3rd yellow taxi cab. This one is slightly larger than the last. To make this car look a little different from the others, I used long black twisted bugle beads, red round faceted Czech glass beads, and a mix of pink & purple-ish seed beads on the tail end of the car. I have also begun to use some yellow Magatamas! Just wait ’til it’s finished! 😀

Two Beaded NYC Taxi Cabs

Beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery NYC street scene

2nd beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt. 13" x 4" (33cm x 10cm).

Today, just a quick post to show you the 2nd beaded taxi cab I’ve been beading. I worked on this during the past couple of days. I think it is mostly complete, although I still have a bit more work to do on the tires. I also noticed that there is more felt showing through on this car than there is on the previous car. I’m not sure I like that, so I may decide to stitch on some more seed beads here and there.. How do you think it looks in the big picture – next to my beaded Radio City Music Hall? 😀

Beaded NYC street scene bead embroidery art beadwork taxi cab painting

Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall painting. Bead embroidery on felt. Work in progress.

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Time to start working on a 3rd taxi cab…  :O

Beaded NYC Taxi Cab

beaded NYC taxi cab bead embroidery art car

Beaded NYC taxi cab. Bead embroidery on felt. 10" x 3" (26cm x 8cm).

Today, I finished beading my first NYC taxi cab! I used many different colour glass seed beads in size 11 & 15. There are also some size 10 triangles on the rear windshield. And, as you can see, the felt is not completely beaded! There is some bare felt showing through! I hope this helps convey that the car is speeding down the street in front of my beaded Radio City Music Hall… What do you think? :O

beaded Radio City Music Hall NYC street scene bead embroidery painting

Semi-beaded Radio City Music Hall (NYC). Bead embroidery on felt. Beadwork 15″ x 20″. (38cm x 51cm) Work in progress.