Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.
Trace the pattern onto the stiffened felt and then cut the pattern with 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance
(Steps two & three: Please refer to Figure 1 for reference)
“Color” the design using satin stitch
Use the #5 embroidery floss with #1 embroidery needle
Bead the outline of the design using 3mm fire-polished beads
Start from the middle
Bead the edges last
Cut approx. 4″ of grosgrain ribbon and fold it in half
Stitch the ribbon onto the back side of the piece
Lazy stitch the #11 cylinder beads on the upper part of the design
(the empty spot I marked on Figure 1)
Trim the excess stiffened felt
Try to match the edges of the stiffened felt with the outermost edges of the fire-polished beads
While cutting the felt, keep your scissors perpendicular to the floor
And, be careful not to cut the tread with which you beaded the piece
If you want to use it as a Christmas tree ornament, you might want to repeat Steps 1-3 and 5-6
and glue the identical pieces back to back
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You can glue it onto a piece of felt or ultrasuede
(Note: The quality and thickness of the felt or ultrasuede matters as the glue might seep through and stain thinner fabrics)
Make a bow using using 10″ grosgrain ribbon
Dab a dot of hot-melt glue on the back of the ribbon and stick it onto the design
Prewashing this ribbon can prevent it from fraying
But, if I use craft-store-bought ribbon, I usually melt its ends with candle flame
(If you decide to do the same, please proceed with caution)
Feel free to reproduce this ornament/bag charm for commercial purposes, BUT:
On your product description, please write: “Original design by Joyce at www.angelica-brigade.com“
Since I won’t be the person who create the piece you’ll sell in your shop . . . To avoid possible misunderstandings . . . Please use your own images to market your version(s) of this ornament/bag charm
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This upcoming Sunday:
Failed! And learned (a lot!!) from that failure – A misadventure in designing a hair accessory
Free Tutorial: Christmas-Themed Hair Accessory
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Some of you might have guessed it~
This is the third design I submitted to Fire Mountain Gem‘ Seed Bead Contest.
I designed this as an alternative to a bridal bouquet for a stylized bridal magazine photoshoot.
Unlike the other two designs I submitted to the contest (this one and this one), the inspiration/concept behind this oversized handheld fan is a purely visual one . . . namely, the glitz and glamor projected by 1920s Hollywood actresses and my dream of being surrounded by ornately beautiful and opulent heirlooms.
The people I collaborated with told me they wanted to do a 1920s-and-1930s-Hollywood-inspired photoshoot. When I was doing my design research, I came across this these vintage photographs of famous dancers in the era.
Captivating, aren’t they?
Self-assured without a hint of self consciousness . . . demure yet provocative . . . haughty, naughty, and elegant . . .
And . . . how luxurious & opulent those fans are!!!! I really want to own one for myself . . . I could easily purchase a ready-made fan from a burlesque shop and use it as a prop; but, I’m not a big fan of plastic fan staves . . . plus, it wouldn’t look right as an alternative to a bridal bouquet.
Not just that, I want my fan very fluffy. I actually use more than 3 dozens of ostrich plumes to create this fan.
(By the way, I created more than 1 fan for the shoot. The other fan is a lot bigger than this one. I needed about a pound (0.45 kg) of ostrich plumes to create the other one. The fan’s no longer mine; so, I’ll have to wait for the editorial pictures to be published before I can share its photographs with you)
Everything’s made from scratch.
To make the fan’s handle looks extra sparkly, I used silver-plated beads, gold-plated beads, white beads with rainbow-effect coating, and fire-polished beads.
I also added those dangling beads to make the fan looks interesting. They also create vertical lines that – I believe – can make the person who holds it looks slimmer.
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Anyway . . .
I prefer my jewelry-making tutorials to come in digital format. So the bonus e-book is perfect for me. In fact, the bonus e-book is the main reason I pre-ordered the 2nd volume of the book :D
I love the book’s geometric and architectural beadwork tutorials. The designs are gorgeous, and the instructions are easy to follow. And, since it’s in a digital format, whenever I need to look at a certain detail more closely, I can simple zoom in/enlarge the image.
Here is the result of my very first attempt to learn to create one of the designs.
I’ll make better ones later this weekend and will blog about them next week.
-joyz of AngelicaBrigade
Here is the second beaded piece I entered to Fire Mountain Gem‘s Seed Beads Contest.
Actually, I created the piece for an editorial photo shoot. [ You can read more about it here ]
It is inspired by the glamorous accessories people wore in 1920s in general . . . and Daisy Buchanan (of the Great Gatsby) in particular.
I call this (stylized) leaf-shaped hair adornment Ceaseless Ardor . . .
It embodies Jay Gatsby’s eternally unrequited infatuation towards Daisy Buchanan . . . Many years has gone by, but his idolization remains strong and unchanging. Whenever I reflect upon that aspect of the tragic story, the word evergreen pops up in my mind.
Evergreen . . .
That’s how Jay Gatsby sees her
Eternally beautiful, graceful, and glamorous.
Evergreen . . .
That’s what she will always be remembered as
The object of Jay Gatsby’s eternal adoration.
And . . .
That’s the how Jay Gatsby’s feeling towards her will remain . . .
Everlasting . . . undying . . . amaranthine . . .
And, so . . . when I was asked to create a Great-Gatsby-inspired bridal accessory, I couldn’t find a better design to represent Daisy Buchanan than an evergreen-leaf.
Plus, I believe that this is a headpiece Daisy herself would’ve wanted (or considered) to wear.
I also made the headpiece as sparkly and opulent as I possibly could. To do it, I used nothing but sterling silver beads, silver-lined bugle beads, gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls, extremely shiny fire polished beads, and 24k gold plated beads to embellish the piece.
With that basic idea in mind, this is how I created the headpiece.
It’s important to make sure that the piece will look nice when someone’s wearing it . . . and that it’s neither too small or too large
Using beads, I “drew” the outline of the design.
I call this step “drawing with beads” . . .
Covering the beading foundation with beads . . . making sure that the beading foundation is completely covered, and that the yarn doesn’t show up at all.
I have a thing for dimensional and textured beadworks. So, I used different kinds of beads in several different sizes to create the effect.
I call this step “coloring and shading the design” . . .
Blocking (or shaping) the headpiece usinga traditional millinery hatblock.
That way, it will perch beautifully on top of the wearer’s hair.
See how it curves?
Heat-treating the edges of the ultrasuede so none of its parts will unravel.
I basically melted the edges of the ultrasuede with candle flame.
Beading the edges of the beadwork and the ultrasuede to connect those two parts into one seamless piece.
Creating the straps/headbands
Yep . . . this part isn’t made using a pre-made chain . . . it’s constructed one link at a time . . .
Phew . . . what a long post!
I guess I better show you the third piece I entered into the contest – and its design process – another time :O
Next Saturday: The third design I entered into Fire Mountain Gem’s Seed Beads contest
Want to see what I’m making right now? Find me on Instagram. My user name is AngelicaBrigade.
You can also see my current work in progress and other behind-the-scenes activities here.
Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!!!
-joyce of Angelica Brigade
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Update (1/13/2014): You can find the list of all of the materials I used to create the headpiece here
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