Debby, a painter friend, and I had the idea to trade artworks, since we were both fans of each others work. Because Debby doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, I am making a wall piece for her. I’m so excited about this project, I decided to post some in progress photos, since I’m only about 1/3 done and it will probably be awhile before I finish because I’m trying to work on other pieces at the same time. Debby contributed a green cabochon from a ring that she had, which you can see being applied in the first photo.

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I made a small mask out of polymer clay using a purchased mold. As I usually do, I used Lacy’s Stiff Stuff for the foundation. Stiff Stuff is white however, so it always shows through any gaps in the beading. It can be dyed or colored in with markers, but as a quicker fix, I laid a piece of Ultrasuede over the top, temporarily fixed with double-sided tape, and then stitched through both layers as I applied the beads. (Note to Lacy: have you considered making this stuff in black, or at least dark gray?)

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I have now completed the ‘center’ part of the design, as shown in the second photo. To give this section some dimension, I cut out a piece of foam core and glued it to the back. Then I planned out the rest of the design onto another sheet of Stiff Stuff. This time, because of the complexity of the design, I won’t cover it with Ultrasuede, instead I will color each section in with a Sharpie before I bead.