Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finished!

It seems like I have been working on it for forever, but then again not! I have kept careful track of hours spent and beads used (of coarse!), and will get that info on here shortly~ I will add it to the bottom of the post after I double check the tally. After making the wooden case, I started the bead work on the 27th of April, 2014~ so just 4 months have passed~ not long at all really
I am very pleased with the results, and may just have to make another one~ I am in love with the padded lid and all the stump work elements~  I had great fun making the King's crown
There are a variety of techniques used on the case, all of which are executed in antique glass beads on a dutchess silk satin ground
I had thought to perhaps bead the frieze underneath...husband says absolutely not~ "just be done " he said today....but I am still mulling the thought~ it wouldn't take long, and I already have decided on putting my motto there....but I need to measure the remaining antique silver trim I used to see if I have enough of it left, that will be the deciding factor
The lid could tilt back a little bit more to my liking, but I overstuffed the lid so that brought it forward a bit~  its really heavy too, weighing it is on my list!
I used all antique beads in all different sizes and materials~ from tiny glass beads less than half millimeter in diameter, to real pearls, tourmaline, 14K & 18K gold, silver and bone

The King must have real bling of coarse! His scepter and crown are made with 14k & 18k gold, real pearls, and green tourmaline
Ladye holds a red rose he has just given her
Hiding little clues to the maker is always fun~ there are several little things hidden through out  the panel, my Diamond K Trademark of coarse, and here on Ladye's skirt, my initials and the year. Pictures just don't capture the feel of it though~ so I made a little video of it~ hope you enjoy!


11 comments:

Barbara Brown said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE your case!!!! It turned out absolutely gorgeous!!! One little glitch, though......no video, just music comes through when I clicked on your video arrow. :-(
LY, Mom

Patricia Stuart said...

Beautiful!!

Patricia Stuart pattextile said...

Beautiful!!

Patricia Stuart pattextile said...

Beautiful!!

Надежда said...

очень красиво!!!! вы волшебница, столько труда вложено в эту шкатулку!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

A creative triumph!

Rachael Kinnison said...

Thankyou so much Ladies :)
Mom~ your computer must be tired~ try it again, it is all there!

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Absolutely brilliant Rachael. Amazing how much you achieve. LOVED the video. I am so tempted to sign up! You have used a lot of antique beads....do we have all the modern bead sizes available today to the same effect? Rae

Rachael Kinnison said...

Thanks Rae! Yes~ a LOT of antique beads! I have a deep cabinet of antique beads and *DO* sell the antique weensie ones in certain colors in the group for those taking the mirror case class~( I could never use them all) I also provide sources for scouring up your own early beads, and yes, there are some czech beads currently made in tiny size!!!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Fabulous! Love the video .

Barbara Brown said...

I guess computing in the woods in a trailer served to sharpen this lazy laptop up. Video plays perfectly now! :-)
LY Mom