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« on: April 12, 2013 07:49:33 AM »

Took me forever to complete this project!!
I went to Mardi Gras this year (2013), caught a TON of beads... Crafters really shouldn't be allowed to keep things that get thrown at them!!
Anywho, I needed some way to use the beads and hang them in my house, and I thought, why not craft them? So I got a nice, basic shape (the cross, excellent straight lines!), wrapped it in black ribbon (2", satin I believe) and started gluing! I hot glued all the beads on, starting from the bottom up.

(In progress shot)
And kept going, until I reached the top. I made sure to do the tops and bottoms of the cross's arms last so that I didn't mess it all up. I used pink and blue for the center, as that represents me and my husband (pink is my fav color, blue is his). I also used soft pearly pink, pearly white and silver. I cut the beads, and individually placed these. For the purple gold and green, I left them on their strings and just bunched them together.
I have not put a high gloss lacquer coat yet, but I'm intending to so that it's easy to clean and so the beads don't fall off.
Finished product:

In total, with all the individual beads and such, this project took me about 8 hours from start to finish. It took me almost 3 months to complete because I get distracted easily, and life happens. A lot.
I am currently working on a Fluer-de-lis with smaller beads. This is taking me a LOT longer, with all the tiny crevasses and whatnot. But I'm getting all the in-progress shots that I forgot to get with this one, and I'll post that one too, and add the link to it on this post.
Hope y'all like it!
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2013 03:33:42 PM »

Wow - what a neat idea!  It looks fabulous.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2013 09:58:51 AM »

Fantastic look, it does look like a lot of work!
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