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? 😀

>Falling Leaves Freeform Beaded Necklace

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My latest freeform beaded necklace is finally finished! Inspired by the colors of fall!

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 I have been working on this piece off and on for the past few weeks. This necklace features green & amber Toho seed bead mixes & copper leaf links from Artbeads.com. The leaves are actually real carob leaves that have been plated in copper! Each leaf is completely unique! 

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This necklace is very elegant and comfortable to wear! You can see more photos at my Etsy shop where this necklace is available for sale. I do have a few of these copper leaves left, so I think I’ll make a matching bracelet and earrings next! 😀

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*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Beaded Eyes Pop

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Last night, I finished beading around the right eyeglass lens of my self portrait. It may be difficult to tell in these photos, but for this eye, I stacked 2 recycled eyeglass lenses on top of each other. I did that because I can’t see out of my right eye nearly as well as I can my left eye, and as a result, one of my eyeglass lenses is much thicker than the other! So, one of my beaded eyes is slightly bigger than the other, and both lenses really pop out like a real pair of glasses! I guess this is how I see myself! Now, I just have to figure out how I want to finish this piece. How do you think it looks as is? B)

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>Look into My Beaded Eye

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Finally, I have gotten a chance to work on my beaded self portrait! I am currently working on my beaded eyeglasses, so of course I am incorporating real recycled eyeglass lenses. Using Nymo D beading thread, I peyote-stitched around the left lens. I used mostly size 11 & 8 seed beads, as well as a mix black & gold Czech glass beads. I chose these beads because I actually have a pair of black LaFonts which had a gold artsy print on them at one point.. After a few rows of peyote, my vision really started to take shape! Keeping tension on my thread, I stitched all the way around the lens just as it were a cabochon, and it seems to hold the lens in place just fine! How do you think it looks? B)

Semi-beaded self portrait. Bead embroidery on felt. 8.5″ x 5.5″ (22cm x 14cm).
As I was working, I began to think about eyes. They really are windows into a person’s soul. I am a very shy person normally, and I find it very difficult to look into strangers’ eyes, or allow them to look into mine. For me this requires a bit of trust or at least the desire to know and understand the person behind the other pair of eyes. My beaded eyes are not nearly as shy. They are willing to look into your eyes at first glance. Hoping you look back. Hoping you want to know the artist behind the beaded eyes. B)

>Drowning in Freeform Peyote Stitch

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Believe it or not, I’ve actually been busy beading during the past week. Working in freeform peyote stitch, I’m creating small strips of beadwork measuring 4-6″ long. These will be the ripples in the water which floods St. Mark’s Square (during acqua alta season) in my painting. I think I am about halfway through making these. They are quite time consuming and right now I feel they are an exercise in futility! You can see how I plan to use these pieces in the photo below. Eventually, they will be stitched directly to the canvas. How do you think it will look when it is finished? (If it will ever be finished!)

Sinking St. Mark’s Square (Venice, Italy).  Bead embroidery on painted canvas. 
24″ x 36″ (32cm x 46cm). Work in progress.

>Weekend Book Review: Shaped Beadwork

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Today, I’d like to share with you the 3rd book I received from Lark Books, Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald.

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First let me say that every book Diane has ever written about beading is just awesome, and Shaped Beadwork is no exception.

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In this book, Diane inspires us with her bead-weaving techniques. She explains how to create beaded beads and jewelry using mainly the peyote stitch. If you have not tried this stitch yet, you can learn the basics with this book, but it quickly moves to a more advanced peyote. With a little patience, you will learn how to create circles, bezels, triangles, hexagons, squares, and other interesting shapes using Japanese seed beads, beading needles & thread.

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I love Diane’s books because her diagrams both intrigue & baffle my mind – mostly because I tend not to think in this methodical way of beading. It just doesn’t seem natural to do beadwork with such scientific preciseness! But, if you would like to give this technique a shot, this is a great book to start out with.

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Learn how to make beaded pendants, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, beaded beads, and pretty pink flowers. Once you master this technique, I bet you’ll be inspired to create something entirely new and unique that you never thought would be possible…  Happy beading! 🙂

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*Please note: I have received the above book free of charge from Lark Books. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.