Monday, January 10, 2011

Perfecting Pesky Picots!

Finished piece, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
I thought I would share this recent creation with you as I do have some questions for my bead embroidery friends today.

I have had this carved cabochon for ages and thought it would be a perfect specimen for practicing my newly acquired skill of bezel making. I think the bezel came out great. I also learned how to make "tree branch" fringe. I really like the way it adds texture and movement to the piece.

My biggest problem is with the picot edging. I can't seem to get it perfect. Is there a way to get it perfect? Most of the "picots" sit straight up like they are supposed to but some of them fall over.

Why is that?

Also, when I get all around the circle and back to the first "picot" I have problems integrating that very last bead without making it look off kilter?

If you have any edging secrets that you don't mind sharing with me I would be so grateful!


DVArtist said...

First off the edging is pretty darn perfect. Remember you are working with imperfect glass beads and no one notices, actually the eye, doesn't pick up what you think are imperfections. I would have to know how you are setting the last bead in to know how to help you. You can email me if you like.
The last thing to remember is the only perfect one is Earth Maker. So stop being so hard on yourself. You don't want you beautiful work to look like it came off of machine.
You did a wonderful job.

Anonymous said...

Looks really good to me and I like the tree fringe you added. Very nice colour combination.

Magnolia Handspun said...

Are you kidding me? It is jaw dropping- gorgeous!I think maybe you notice this more possibly because you have an "eye". Love the uniqueness of this piece and I agree I really like the colors.

beadbabe49 said...

It's a beautiful piece, roberta...and remember that it's handmade, not machine made and so tiny irregularities are part of the charm and personality of the piece.

Robbie said...

your piece is beautiful!! I have to agree with Nicole and sure looks perfect to me..put away that magnifying glass!!

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thank you all for your kind, encouraging words. I guess I am just a perfectionist and seeing so many talented beaders online makes me want to get better!

Bobbie Casey said...

When you are trained to be a graphic designer it is no wonder that you want to do perfect.
Printmakers are in the same boat.
Think of comping a graphic letter?
It is truly gorgeous and as perfect as a human could make it be.
I think of that line between handmade and machine made all the time and wonder how far to go, myself.
In painting I was taught to be loose? Go figure.

Marty S said...

It looks fabulous to me!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader