Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Afterwards I started on the beaver - Point Arena is the only home of the Mountain Beaver which is on the endangered species list - and started using these same golden beads on the cream chest. I was amazed how much better the color of the beads is with a light background. Will show you tomorrow.
While deciding whether to do a white cat or the beaver I was surprised how small the miniature animals are compared to the full sized ones. I had the feeling I could do one of the little ones in a couple of days since I have done the big ones in the same amount of time. The difference is the bead size.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 1:23 PM
Monday, May 27, 2013
I wanted to let you see what was happening on the photoshoot set-up while I was not looking! I got such a laugh from these two. Fake camel shows real camel how to do the splits while keeping his cool. Even having pink feet does not stop him from showing off.
Real camel with his new blanket. I had figured out a complicated bird's eye pattern for it but then found out it was too complicated for size of the beast. I love how the white beads in the blanket (the same white as on the fringe) looks camel-colored. I have had great fun in doing this pair. I learned alot which is always 9/10s of any thrill for me in artwork.
On Wednesday Werner went to Vicki's to pick up the new order from Fire Mountain. Here are the AB amber 8s I was missing. This puppy is really getting heavy! I noticed that my wrist was aching by the end of the evening. When I first started on this, I was very unsure about the idea of covering him with beads, but now as I look at the unfinished parts I am even more delighted with the beads. I see I did only one ear inside. I was eager to get to doing the body and skimmed right over that. As I get older I find myself letting things slide that I do not enjoy doing or want to do and just go for the good stuff.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 11:23 AM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I found out the name for this guy is Hamburgler, not hamburger as I thought. Changing his name does not correct my mistaken idea of how to do the stripes. The original had a red necktie but I wanted to pick up the blue lights in the white beads so I grabbed a tube of blue beads instead.. I see a bit of the original black nose shows through and gives him a very tight lipped mouth. I think I just learned where to add a mouth if I want to do that. I had been putting the mouth down lower and it was rather weird - more like a wrinkle in a double chin!
Here is Humphrey II with his hump nicely padded up and out. I learned something here also. Often I have been unhappy with the way the beads laid on the belly. I could pull the fabric taunt to bead it but when the animal stood up that loose belly area would make the rows of beads go wonky. If I would open the animal and pad out the body, those lines of beads stay firm and straight even when it stands. Big improvement! Thanks Bead Universe for that tip. Here you can see how much better I did the nose / mouth part of a camel.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 10:56 AM
Sunday, May 19, 2013
After a visit from Rhoda and too much bead talk I did not feel up to starting a new animal so picked up this one to continue it. Now that I see the photograph I realized that I followed too faithfully the color changes and they look just awful. Also those eyes are too small and will have to be replaced. It is interesting that the lack of a mouth on the bears is not a problem until the beads go on. It looks as if he has white tape over his mouth. . . So much to learn.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 11:04 AM
Saturday, May 18, 2013
While I am not adverse to cutting away beads and redoing something, I am thinking that in this case I might be ahead to start with another one. I also realized the problem with his face is that I got carried away with those teeth (you can see a bit of them) and put in too many. Camels muzzles are fairly pointed and this has a very broad nose. So if this one is not a camel what is he? It is definitely male. Up under the tail a size 8 bead from the belly extended into the smaller beads and looks like one pale pink ball.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 11:25 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I do not know if I will sleep or bead this afternoon. I have over 25 spots on my face and hands that are in various stages of healing after the second nitrogen freeze-off treatment yesterday.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 12:12 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 11:42 AM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I have been so wiped out by simple trips to the art center or a doctor that I am barely able to bead in the evenings. Added to the fatigue, I did the face and ears of this "Doby" - who looks more like a Swiss Mountain Dog (Heidi don't you see Awanhee here?) than a nasty howling Doberman - with matt black beads and the edges showed more than the bead. So late yesterday I cut them all off and used the shiny black beads. Here the light bounces off the center of the rounded bead instead of the edges which would not always lie straight. Something to remember. . . I do love how the magatamas work as eyes. Even the gold fits here.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 1:43 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013
No picture yet, but my third great grand baby - Abigali Christine Vetter arrived last night at 7:30. Congratulations to Shaun and Jackie and brother Jasper.
And this morning my haiku stone arrived in Gualala Arts Center to be placed on the path.
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 1:25 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Posted by Jane Reichhold at 12:15 PM