>Felt Shadow

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beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan U.S. pop art war bead embroiderySemi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.
21″ wide x 11″ tall (53 x 30cm)

Last night, during President Obama’s Address to the Nation, I finished cutting out 3 large pieces of black felt & stitched them together in an ugly manner. While my beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank may be beautiful, it’s cold, dark shadow will always remind us of the horrors of war…

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>Beaded Tank Moves Forward

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beaded camo camouflage print military Afghanistan Boston artist U.S. pop art war bead embroiderySemi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.

17″ wide x 5.5″ tall (40 x 13cm)

Here is a quick look at my semi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Using mostly size 15 Japanese seed beads, I finally finished beading the first layer of the tank. I am now ready to move on to the wheels and undercarriage of the military vehicle. My plan is to ‘finish’ beading the entire tank before I go back to add details. How do you think it looks so far?

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>Half-Beaded Military Tank

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beaded camo camouflage print Windsor Button store Boston U.S. pop art war bead embroidery
Semi-beaded M1 Abrams main battle tank. Bead embroidery on f elt.
17″ wide x 5.5″ tall (40 x 13cm)

After many hours of stitching seed beads to felt, I think I finally finished half of my beaded tank! Now, on to the next phase… Will it be the wheels or the rest of the vehicle?? And should those parts be camouflage print or not?? I guess only time will tell! 😀

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>Sketch of a Tank

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U.S. Military M1 Abrams main battle tank sketch drawing bead embroidery project

Here is a quick sketch of what will hopefully be my next beaded subject. An M1 Abrams main battle tank. This is the principal battle tank for the United States Army & Marine Corps., as well as armies in Egypt, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. It probably seems like an odd vehicle to bead, but I think it is most appropriate this year. Perhaps beads will help make this subject sparkle…
What do you think?