3D Beaded Bat – with pics and tutorial
I had a bad bout of insomnia last night, so what to do? Figure out how to bead a bat, that’s what.
This is the end product:http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/4338/finishedbatfrontuh4.jpg
Size 8 seed beads BROWN (main color)
3 black magatama drops, for eyes and nose
Two brown drops (part of the ears)
Nymo D thread + beeswax
28 guage wire
Unknown guage, but quite thick and sturdy, wire
Assortment of small black beads.
I think the wings look a bit not-quite-right – I’m working on a pattern in seed beads, but I’m quite busy at the moment, so it may take a while.
I think he’s pretty cute though
On to the Tute:
Start by threading three brown beads on to your thread (about a meters worth), sliding them to the end (leave a 6inch tail), and tying them together securely in a circle (picture a). Go through the next bead.
Add 2 bead in each gap – 6 altogether. So, you exit one bead from the first round, then thread on 2 new beads, and then you go through the next bead from the first round. See picture b.
Add a new bead between each bead threaded on in step 2 – 6 in total
(each row like this is called a round, by the way)
Add two new beads between each bead added in the last round. (picture c)
For the next two round, add one new bead between each bead from the last round.
You’ve built the base, hooray!
Now you’ve got the hang of rounds (adding the next row by adding beads in between the last row’s beads), the sequence for the sides is:
1 per gap (tension quite tight here)
Alternate between 2 and 1 bead per gap
(by now you should see it looks like a little basket – picture d)
You get a nice tall basket by here (pictures e and f)
1 every other gap, sewing through the other gap, pulling it.
(see diagram below at this point to explain the last two rows)
You are creating the neck, picture g
in a minute you will start flaring out for the head :
1 between every bead from the last round
1 every other, three times. Then, one in every gap, to build the muzzle at one end. This row adds 9 beads in total
Picture i -
2 beads between the first 3 gaps (the ones made by ‘skipping’ gaps (sewing through them)in the last round
at this point, don’t make your tension too tight
Step up through the two beads that started the row.
Next row, add beads in the gaps as follows: 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1 black drop, 1, 1, 2. Step up. (picture j)
Next row: 2, 2, 1, 1, skip, skip, 1, 1, 2
Next: 1, 1, 1, black drop, 2*, 1 black drop, 1, 1, step up
* skip the black nose bead, pinching the nose and making it pointy
Next: 2, 1 (you go through the first eye here), 2 (between the eyes), 1, 2, 1. Step up
Adjust the drops so that the black eye bit faces out.
Next: 1 every gap
Next: skip, 1, skip, 1, skip, 1.
Go back through the 3 beads you just added, pulling them together in a circle. Go round a couple of times to close up the top of the head. (picture L)
To make the ears –
With the eyes and nose towards you, exit the back right bead in the top triangle of the head. This should be above the gap between 2 beads.
Go through the 2 beads, from back to front. These will form the base of the ears.
Directly on top of the 2 beads, sew a brown bead, a brown drop and a brown bead in a loop: http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/5817/diagram5tr4.jpg
It should look like this:http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/6656/step13ax9.jpg
Do the same thing on the other side. You’ve add the the ears!
The body is now finished – weave in the thread, then secure with a surgeon’s knot. Don’t cut the thread though if you’ve still got quite a bit left, because you’ll use it to sew on the wings.
I tried a couple of things, the neatest seemed to be wire-wrapping. Eventually I’d like to do them in beads, in brick stitch, but I’ve got a lot on my plate, so don’t hold your breath.
Take your thick wire and bend it into bat-wing shapes. Twist it to secure, then cut the wire (pictured)http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/1900/wingsstep1tt5.jpg
Take your thin wire (28 guage – don’t be lazy like me, and just use beadalon, it’ more trouble than it’s worth.). tie/wrap it on to the thick wire shape, and start to wrap a sort of random criss-cross of wire along the frame of the wings. Tie the wire if you need to to secure it along the wire.
Once you have a criss-crossing, you can keep doing the same thing, but with a few beads on too. I used a variety of black beads, spaced out along the wire. Add as many or few as you wish. I reckon if you did this neatly, the bat wings would make a neat pendant in themselves.http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/3579/wingsstep2zr6.jpg
Using the thread still in the body, sew the wings on at an appropriate height – I did it at the neck, that way the shape helps to hold them.
And the finished effect:http://img226.imageshack.us/img226/4338/finishedbatfrontuh4.jpg
Hope you like! Comments/criticism very welcome