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Swan Mask.......Or Not?

Alright, for several years I have wanted to create a beaded mask. I knew I didn't want to use a foundation to work off of, but instead make a free standing structure. Until I came across this Venus of the Sea Mask by Catherine of Beadmatrix, I had no idea what direction to go in. Her creation can be found here:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/14678469/venus-of-the-sea-mask

Using brick stitch as a starting point is what I needed. I started work on my mask last August. Here is the picture of my first few rounds:


And with the original swan I cut out of copper:


Not keeping the eyes ovals was my first mistake, but little did I know the consequences of being a beady smart alec and trying to mimic the shape of actual human eyes. For those of you wanting to make a beaded mask, keep it simple, stupid. That will save you a lot of grief and heartache later down the road. KISS!

Continuing onward: After much struggling to keep my beadwork flat, I gave up the chase. Art is all about compromise is it not…

Leap of Faith

Hello everyone! Wait, since I have no followers yet, I suppose I'm just talking to myself at the moment. Anyway, I'll tell random strangers that happen to find this page a little bit about myself. I am 22. I have been going to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX since fall of 2007. I have been doing beadwork for almost nine years. Oh, and I just quit my job to pursue my dreams full time! Enough info? Thought so. That picture, yeah.....me three years ago. I'm too lazy to go hunting for another one where I'm actually looking at the camera. I tend to like poses of me with my profile. Sorry. I promise I don't look much different today. Really.

Because I created this blog as a way to promote my beadwork, I suppose I should show you something I've made.....well, how's this black and silver embroidered necklace? I call it Strength in Circles. To me it looks like a muscle man. This collar is one of my older pieces, but still fairly impressive. It was my…