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« on: April 25, 2009 02:59:39 PM »



This is the mirror that I made for the IKEA Malma mirror swap a while back. I liked the end result so much I decided to give it it's own post.

Here is how I made it. First I went online and found a coloring book picture of goldfish. I messed around with the size and arrangement and then put them into a paint.net file. I also put a square into that file where I thought the mirror part of the mirror would go. (It is an IKEA Malma Mirror with a small three by three mirror in a 10 by 10 wood frame.) Next I drew wavy water plants on a paper, scanned it into my computer and added it to the paint file. Then I colored the picture I had created.

After I had my goldfish picture complete I took the file and uploaded it into my cross stitch creation program "PCStitch Pro 9." It is an awesome program that lets you turn pictures into cross stitch patterns. Anyway, once I had the pattern made all I had to do was put the picture together in wait for it. . . beads. So I bought a bead loom and seed beads in the colors I wanted and began the tedious process of weaving together the picture. For the most part I did this in 10 bead wide strips. Here is where I met my first problem. My pattern was based in size on stitches not beads so the first strip ended up being too long. Not a big deal, I adjusted and went on accordingly. However, when I got to the part where the mirror interrupted the strips the adjustment made them too short. I eventually got this all worked out after I had the picture assembled in beads. Also the colors I had chosen for the goldfish ended up being wider beads than that for the plants and ocean so parts of the strips were wider in other parts. This made for some tricky construction later on. Also, did I mention this process was tedious. It took forever.

 Anyway, once I had everything beaded I used Modge Podge and glued it down to the wood mirror frame which I first painted an aqua color. The gluing was tricky as this was when I needed to make adjustments and if the beads somehow did not get securely glued down on the edges when I trimmed the strings beads fell off. However, my husband and I fixed it up as best we could and it ended up looking great.

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009 03:18:26 PM »

Awesome mirror!  I've done work like that (seed beads into a specific pattern: this one actually   , and it does get tedious, though I thought the square/off loom stitch was pretty easy to learn, and the pattern was interesting enough that it held my attention.  I've also tried adapting one of the other patterns on the site I linked using other beads, and it was not a fun process (mostly for the reason you mentioned: the beads were not the same sizes, even though they were graded as the same "size": 11/0 maybe?).  Great job persevering, and the mirror looks terrific!
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009 04:15:57 PM »

You did a bag! Awesome. Thanks for the link that site looks great.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2009 06:42:04 PM »

OMG.  That's an awesome beading job.  It looks very tedious and time consuming.  But very nice.  Great work.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009 06:55:42 AM »

It was only an amulet bag (now if it'd been a full size purse.... well, I probably wouldn't have finished it. Grin ).  I love her patterns, though.  Nothing I've designed looks as nice as hers (or your goldfish mirror, for that matter).
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