So I joined the bead soup swap, and wanted to learn to use seed beads but in not such a typical way. I'm very glad I found this blog complete with video tutorials. http://mydailybead.blogspot.com/
I learned to use different sized beads to create a beaded ball, or sphere for my partner Jeannieingram. She had a beaded Golden Snitch on her wist, and so I sought out to try and recreate it with some flare.
I used amber, champagne and golden colored swarovski crystals, and gold glass seed beads. The wings are also beaded with 26 gauge wire with the same size 6/0 seed beads. I am very proud of my work. I created a few prototypes before I perfected what I wanted.
I also sent her a chap stick cozy made of felt, embroidered and then beaded using several different seed beads. I went with an owl since she likes them, and I thought it looks exceptionally adorable holding a chap stick. The eyes are small fresh water pearls in a deep gray with tiny black seed beads surrounding them.
The beak is golden beads, hues of blues to match the felt body make up the tail, and the same black beads for the feet. I sewed on a big white button on the bottom so it would "perch".
Finally I made her a hemp book thong from her wist in Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows theme with autumn colored beads. I used a large white cats eye for one side of the bookmark, while using a variety of crackled glass in yellow, carnelian, red and brown beads for charms at the other end. I also used tiny mother of pearl rounds, copper & metal beads and caps in copper, bronze, and gold colors to tie it all together. I had a hard time giving this up.
In a large book that is 12 inches for size reference. And a thumbnail of a close up of the charms.
Thanks for looking, C&C always welcome. Happy Crafting All! <3