2- 1/8″ wide x 1″ tall (5.5 cm x 3cm).
I sent a photo of the finished pin to my customer before I shipped it out, and she can’t wait to get it! I hope the recipient likes it, too! If you are interested in a custom pet pin or pendant, please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy for more details. I think I will list this piece as an example of my work! 🙂
This piece was pretty popular in the blogosphere while I was working on it, and it ended up being published in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button magazine. It was also published in a Russian magazine last year! Well, I decided to bring the Divas back, and create my favourite dogs as beaded pins or pendants!
Here is the first OES I created. Her name is Rachel. I used all size 15 seed beads, a button for her nose, and taxidermy eyes (although you probably can’t see those)! She is made from 2 layers of beadwork. I worked on her for approx. 2 days, and she is still not finished. She needs a backing, but I have decided to list her in my Etsy shop anyways. Customers can pick whether they would like her finished as a pin, a pendant, or a sew-on applique for use in one of their own handmade projects! Personally, I think she would look cool as a pendant on a silk ribbon! She will definitely attract attention wherever she goes! Please click the pic to see more more photos:
Which Diva is your favourite, and which one do you think I’ll make next?? 😀
Also, if you have time, check out the new Easter Sale Section in my shop for unique beaded items available at 25-50% off! Thank you for your interest, and have a great day! 😀
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Yesterday, I started beading a new dog for my shop! This dog is inspired by the Sussex Spaniel named Stump who won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If you haven’t seen Stump yet, check him out – he will make you smile! 🙂 My beaded Sussex Spaniel is about halfway finished. I think I’m going to add another layer of bugle beads and some beaded fringe so that his legs appear to be short. He should be complete later this week. 😀
And, the news of the day is that my beaded Irish Jack Russell Terrier pin was mentioned in a beady newsletter on Bead-Patterns.com. It is actually an interesting coincidence, because I was toying with the idea of creating a pattern for this pin to sell in my Etsy shop. I finally figured out how to create a PDF file, so all I have to do is start writing the instructions. But, before I start selling beading patterns and/or kits, I want to make sure they are protected by a copyright. I will need to do a little research about how to do that… One thing is for certain, this idea will definitely give me something to work toward! 😀
Okay, I decided that Rudy should be a regular item in my Etsy shop. He sold so quickly the last time, that I had to make another one. I made this brooch using mostly size 11 Czech glass seed beads, but there are some Japanese size15’s in there as well. It is a pin that can also be worn as a pendant. My previous Irish Jack Russell Terrier‘s have been brown & white, but this one is mostly black & white. If/when this piece sells, I will relist this item as a made-to-order piece – I think this is how I will list most of my beaded animal pin/pendants. Buyers must specify whether they want brown or black. Each Rudy will be unique, but they will all be the same basic shape.
I do plan to list a few new pieces to The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop each week, but I do not plan to post them all here unless they are completely new and exciting! (I really want to focus on my larger art pieces!) So, if you want to see all new listings in my shop, you will have to check back, or subscribe to its RSS feed in your Google Reader. I hope this helps explain the method to my madness! 😉
Now, back to those earrings I was busy beading… 😀
Beadwork in progress.
Someday, I would love to do a larger portrait of a cat, but I will start out with a small brooch to see how it comes out.Looking at a photo of Faz, I came up with a sketch. Then, I traced the sketch and stitched it to a piece of felt and a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. I am stitching right through the tracing paper for this piece so I don’t make any colour mistakes. (I did make one mistake that caused me to rip out half of the beads I stitched!) So far, I have used 6 different colours, and they are mostly size 15 Japanese seed beads. This piece of beadwork is very small- it measures approx. 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm). It will be hard to get a lot of detail, but I will try! Wish me luck! 😮