A beader's lifeposted on 26 February 2012 | posted in Blog
I've spent the last four evenings attempting to bead around a wooden egg. As I've successfully beaded around small round glass beads before, and made a couple of beaded bezals for oval semiprecious stone cabochons, I thought – this can't be that difficult.
Oh, but it is! An egg is not round and it is even quite difficult to see where its widest part is. You have to increase and decrease the number of beads in each round, whilst still making some kind of pattern. This first one is very much a prototype – it's far too lumpy for my liking! Why am I doing this? Because I had the idea of beading around some wooden eggs, attaching key rings and making them available as little Easter gifts.
There will be a huge mismatch between the hours I will (have already!) put into them and the price I will be able to charge, but, once I have mastered the art of increasing and decreasing smoothly I will feel enormous satisfaction.
I know where I am with knotting and stringing semiprecious stones – as you, my dear customers, will (and do!) testify. And, after one year of beadworking I can do flat things and tubular things and even spiral things, so beading around objects is a new challenge for me, even if it does take so much time. And there are a few things I've discovered along the way, which I thought I would share with you:
Beaded pysanky eggs by Luba Frankevych
Picture courtesy of Rypan Designs (http://rypandesigns.blogspot.com)