Rendering the Sketch into Beads
With the sketch and colors selected, I begin to consider methods to create the design. The design sketch is airy and light. What types of beads and stitch should I use? I begin to think through materials and methods to produce this effect while still maintaining structure of the necklace shape. I tested a couple techniques using maneuvering to see how they hold up being airy as well as providing structure.
In this example, peyote stitch worked best for openwork and structure. Tests must be done prior to incorporating them into the work, so trial and error is inherent in the process. While incorporating the connections between flowers, it was necessary to tear out and redo the work if it did not fit just right. Patience and persistence helps.
As I figured out the connection on one side, I repeated it on the other side while it was still fresh in my mind. Leveraging the momentum of the process is very efficient.
I tested for wearability along the way. In this case I verified each section laid properly on the bust as it was added.
While doing all of this I enjoyed listening to a podcast and thoroughly enjoyed being absorbed in the work.
So, to wrap it up:
1. Test the technique prior to incorporating into the work
2. While incorporating, tear out and redo as necessary
3. Have patience & persistence
4. Leverage momentum of the process, especially on pieces that are symmetrical
5. Test for wearability along the way
6. Enjoy the process
Thank you all for reading! It is my pleasure to share my beading with you, and I love hearing your thoughts.
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