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« on: February 10, 2009 07:32:27 PM »

I made this piece for someone on deviantART for my half of an art trade. I'm getting this AMAZING copper tree: http://Rhed-Dawg.deviantart.com/art/Copper-wire-willow-tree-84426023 . I wanted to create something different from what I usually do, so I experimented with shading the petals, using a new leaf shape, and creating a totally different shape. I'm not 100% satisfied, but it sounds like Evey (who's receiving it) is happy, so I'm happy. Smiley She told me she has a somewhat classic/traditional style, so I combined that idea with my own artistic approach. She asked for a rose.

This piece is about 9 inches tall and took me around 12 hours to finish. It's made with 26 gauge copper wire, 11/0 czech seed beads, and glass pearls. The vase has a great "crackle" effect that you can't see from the picture, but it's gorgeous.

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The "artsy close-up":


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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009 07:48:58 PM »

Wow!!! Absolutely incredible! Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009 08:17:27 PM »

Lovely! Very nice work! Congatulations!
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009 09:05:48 PM »

It is gorgeous, Amy!
I love that new leaf style - it really sets off the rose beautifully.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2009 12:14:09 AM »

From the front page, I thought that the flower was made of fabric.  I was actually stunned when I saw that this is all bead work.  I'm in awe of your talent!
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2009 04:53:57 AM »

It is gorgeous, Amy!
I love that new leaf style - it really sets off the rose beautifully.

I love the leaf style too! I just got a new book from the library that shows different ways to use this technique to make lovely petals and super large leaves. I'll be using it again!

cherry_faery, interestingly, you're not the first person to mistake beaded flowers for fabric ones. I wonder why that is...

Thanks for all the compliments everyone. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2009 05:37:10 AM »

wow, that is amazing. Seeing your work makes me wish I had the patience and know how to do it!
Keep up the good work!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009 08:46:13 AM »

that's REAAALLLY beautiful!  I love the shading in the beading..I also second the comment of having patience for this...you must have the patience of Job!  The leaves are really pretty and I love the shape of them.  The different shading in the flowers makes it look realistic...something I would tend to spend a lot of time looking at because of the different variations of color.  Very nice work and the recipient I'm sure is going to be thrilled! Question...how do you keep from getting the fine wire from getting kinks in it as your beading and to keep the nice shape?
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2009 09:12:13 AM »

wow, that is amazing. Seeing your work makes me wish I had the patience and know how to do it!
Keep up the good work!!

It's not difficult to learn the techniques. They're time-consuming, but I really love it. I'm sure you could do it if you wanted! Ironically, I don't have the patience for many other crafts, like crocheting. Tongue

Question...how do you keep from getting the fine wire from getting kinks in it as your beading and to keep the nice shape?

I don't have a problem with the wire, actually. I use 26 gauge colored copper wire from Parawire.com, which comes on a spool. When I'm making petals, all the wire is usually still attached to the spool (unless I'm using more than one color, like with this rose), and I just try to keep it wound on the spool as much as possible so that it doesn't become a mess.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2009 02:24:54 PM »

hmmm, I can crochet. Maybe I should give it a go... wheres the best place to start?
I still think your rose is amazing
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