|Tequila Sunrise - A Beadwork Fan Neckpiece|
Bead Dream 2012 I was absolutely determined to make the submission date so I began designing and planning my submission back in late August/September 2011. It did not take me long to visulize a fan design and I began looking at lots and lots of images of fans through 'Images' on Google.
Looking at the images on Google I was able to understand the actual fan design and construction, the different styles and ways the fan was decorated or embellished. I searched 'beaded fans' and surprisingly only two beadwork designers (well known and highly talented designers I might add!!) had designed some beadwork pieces that resembled the familiar and classic fan shape .. Smadar Grossman of Smaders Treasures and Marcia DeCoster of MADDesigns.
I wanted my piece to be large and of course that meant sculptural. I had taught myself cubic right angle weave (CRAW) thanks to Heather Collins of Studio183 YouTube video demonstration (which I highly recommend).
The beadwork fan is largely cubic right angle weave, the curve of the fan was achieved by CRAW beadwork sections then joining them together. Embellishing the fan was just a natural progression of design 'play' and I purchased a lot of elements as I went along that I thought would work well with the design. Consequently I have a huge box full of elements that did not work with this design .. I am sure they will work with another though.
More times than I like to remember I undid hours of beadwork and redid just to achieve a particular look or shape to the fan design. About 200 yards of Fireline, Wildfire and Invisbraid beading threads are worked into this piece. I have not used a single Delica in this design all the beadwork is either Toho or Miyuki seed beads in sizes ranging from size 15 up to size 6. I have used Toho glass drops in Matt Gold which were really expensive and acquired from Laura McCabes website. The colour way (color way for my American friends) is made up of many, many different bead colours and types. I opted for the more expensive Duracoat seed beads as I definately did not want the colour rubbing off. Some of the colours used included Dyed Smokey Light Rose Alabaster, Topaz Gold Lustre, Galvanized Champagne, Galvanised Dark Berry, various Bronz/Gold tones and Gold plated size 15 seed beads.
I used a very rare and vintage Swarovski stone as my focal an Art. 4723 Topaz Cal which was a special edition, they are triangular. I used Albion Stitch to bezel the stone then heavily embellished it with size 15 Toho seed beads and Swarovski Crystal pearls.
|Art. 4723 unfoiled Topaz Cal Special (vintage)|
The collar is similar to that of my beadwork neckpiece 'Melbournian', although it is quite different in many ways. I devised a way of being able to 'anchor' the pearl strand to the beadwork which makes it remarkably strong. The collar is made up of various sized Swarovski pearls leading towards a structural piece which is tube armature, surrounded by right angle woven beads, then further embellished with netting stitch. The toggle clasp has been constructed by using a Swarovski Cosmic Ring attached with a section of my 'winged bail' design. The 'toggle' has been woven using embellished CRAW and the ends of the toggle have oval shaped Topaz Montees sewn into the void
|Close up of the 'collar' and Toggle Clasp.|