Posts Tagged ‘Bead Art’

Beaded Decorative Skull

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

 

 

 

Sometimes, it might seem difficult to find decorations that are different from the same ones everyone else has. The best way to make sure yours are unique is to make your own. Here’s a striking piece that you can make in a couple of hours, for just a few dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used a plastic skull on a stick and some leftover Mardi Gras beads. A hot glue gun with a low temperature setting works best, since you don’t want to melt the plastic.

 

 

 

 

Next, we used a Sharpie to color the skull black, so that any holes between the beads won’t show a big white spot. If you have time, an even better option is to use the colors of the beads, and color the skull with your whole design before gluing. That way, any holes between beads will be the same color as the beads themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

We started this design with a flower petal shape around both eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

Then filled in the nose, and some “teeth”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once any special designs are on, it’s very simple to fill in around them. The beads don’t always bend in the desired angle, so sometimes it’s better to cut them to make certain shapes.

 

 

 

 

These skulls make great decorations for your front porch, along with your pumpkins, or your party table. Give your Halloween party a “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) vibe. Make up our own design, or search the web for dozens to guide you. It’s a simple and fun way to dress up your Halloween a little differently this year.

 

 

 

Mardi Gras Bead Covered Vase

Friday, August 17th, 2012

 

 

 

This week, we decided to do some more Beat Art, but this time, on a more three-dimensional object: a vase. This is something you could use as a centerpiece at your Mardi Gras party, something different to put a plant in, or just some place to toss your spare change.

 

 

 

First, we found a vase. We chose green, since that’s the main color of the beads we’re using, so any spaces between beads won’t be as obvious if they’re the same color.

Next, we started at the bottom of the vase, and used hot glue to wrap beads all the way around. Then, we decided to add a swirl design to one side of the vase. This is pretty easy to do freehand, but if you want to be precise, you can always draw a design on and follow along with the hot glue.

 

Once you have whatever design you’ve decided on finished, it’s just a matter of filling in around it. Draw a line of hot glue along the side of the beads that you already have glued down, and press the strand firmly against it.

Several different designs can be done on one vase, which will make it interesting to look at no matter which way it’s turned. To finish it off, just fill in all the empty spots with more beads. Use different shapes and sizes to add a little more whimsy.

And that’s it! Now all you have to do is find something to put in it.

This doesn’t have to be limited to Mardi Gras. Any occasion or theme you can think of will work. Just dig out those old Mardi Gras beads you have lying around, or stop in and pick up some more. Get creative and make your own!

Pirate Bead Art

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that celebrates Mardi Gras, you’re sure to end up with a few bags of beads every season. We fight like crazy trying to catch every last one. We wear some, hang a few from our rear view mirrors, and shove the rest into the bag we brought to the parade to hold our prizes. But then, a week or two after Fat Tuesday’s come and gone, you find yourself staring at the bag of beads, wondering what to do with them. You missed Krispy Kreme’s Doughnuts-For-Beads day, and you don’t want to just toss them…well, the logical solution is to start gluing them to things.

 

Bead art is one of the most impressive, yet easy ways to decorate. You can hot glue Mardi Gras beads to practically anything that will sit still long enough. And custom art work couldn’t be easier. It’s as simple as finding an image you’d like to recreate, and tracing it onto a piece of cardboard or wood.

 

In keeping with our Pirate theme this week, we decided to do some Jolly Roger bead art. Here’s how it works:

 

 

 

First, find the image that you like. A great place to look is Google Images. A quick search will turn up dozens of options. Print the one that you like, bearing in mind that bead art doesn’t allow for a lot of detail, so simplicity is what you should be looking for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those more artistically inclined, you might be able to draw your image freehand. For everyone else, the simplest way to get started is to cut out your picture, and trace it onto the cardboard. Think about the size of the beads. Make sure that the beads you’re using will not be too big, and remember to leave enough space in between separate parts of the image to fill in with the background color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great way to make your bead art look more polished is to color the background the same color of the beads you’ll be covering it with. That way, if there are any holes between the beads, they won’t stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s the hardest part, done! Now, all you have to do is draw a line of hot glue onto the cardboard, and gently press the beads down onto it. While the glue is still soft, you can manipulate the shape, making sure that the beads follow the right curves. We used a basic 33″ 7mm white pearl bead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue filling in with beads, following along the same lines. Try to keep different pieces of the image separate–for example, finish one whole bone before carrying over into the other bone. That way, it’ll have the look of two separate pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there, all you have to do is fill in the blanks, a little at a time. You’ll probably need to cut the beads where they don’t bend the right way, or cut off one single bead to fill in a hole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid to use different shapes of beads. We found these baseballs that were the perfect size and shape for the skull’s eyes. The black bones fit in with the theme perfectly to make the shape of the nose. And for teeth, we just used single beads, spaced a little further apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, the background. Start the same way you did with the bones…add a small line of glue, following along the lines of the white beads, and gently press the black beads as closely against them as you can.Again, the standard 33″ 7mm beads were used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve left enough space, you should have no problem fitting the background beads in between your image. Again, snip off one or two if you need to fill in a hole here and there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve filled in most of the background, your art will really start to take its shape. Before you reach all the way to the edges, you might want to go ahead and add a border that will also serve as a frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look for a special bead that fits the theme of the piece you’re working on. For this, we found a red skull and crossbones bead, which is perfect for adding a pop of color to the black and white image. Wrap them all the way around, taking care to try to get them straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside the skull and crossbones bead, we added a couple more rows of gold. You can always use a real frame if you have one, but if not, if you still have glue and beads, it’s simple to make your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, just look for any holes, and fill them in with single beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attach a hanger to the back, and you’re done! These pieces can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. The only limit is your imagination.