Friday, November 7, 2008

Beaded Flat Feather Fan

Here is one of my latest projects. A very challenging one too. It only took me three weeks of beading to do it.


I first took a cedar board and hand shaped the handle and covered it with soft leather to bead on.


Next I started the beading using the "Peyote Stitch" also known as the "Gourd Stitch" which is a method of beading that uses a 3 drop stitch pattern , one bead at a time beaded directly on an object. I used 10/0 glass seed beads to do the work. I can't tell you just how many beads it takes to bead all that but it takes 130 beads per square inch using 10/0 glass seed beads. One day I will calculate the total beads it takes to do that.

After beading all the handle I then put in Eagle Feathers (Painted Feathers, because you cannot sell the Real feathers) and some trim black feathers to make the fan.
UPDATE: I did calculate the number of beads it took to bead this, the estimate is 4,285 beads.


I am showing three pictures here...Front view, Back view, and Close up of the beading.




Front View of Fan



Back View of Fan


Close Up of Beading

2 comments:

Indigo said...

Beautiful work! I've always wanted to learn to bead like this. (Hugs)Indigo

Light and Voices said...

Fan looks like it belongs in a museum. Good job!
jm