Micro Bead Bird Embellishment
On one of my last pieces for FOG, I created a
beaded bird. If you look at the photo, you will see that the bird is outlined
in black and that micro beads fill in the areas between. The black outline of
the bird is actually a sticker that I picked up at a scrap booking store.
Although there are many of these types of stickers, some in black and some in
white, the one I used came from a sheet of birds (see photo), and was designed
by Elizabeth Craft Designs (#2350). This bird sticker is approximately 2” long
by 1 1/2” wide. Although this is a sticker, I felt that it would need a little
extra glue to keep it in place, so I used gel medium to adhere it to my
background. By the way, my background is a piece of felt covered with painted
fusible web, stitched, and distressed with a heat gun.
After the glue had dried, I then put gel medium
onto one section of the bird at a time and poured micro beads onto it. This
process was repeated for each section. Sometimes I found that I had to redo
parts of a section, or pick beads off the black outline as these sections are
very tiny and my accuracy with my toothpick wasn’t always perfect.
Anyway, after a number of days, the bird was
complete. I was very pleased with the outcome and that my fellow mixed media
artists at FOG were impressed. Jan S.
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