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A productive day of eye-bleedingly detailed craft work brings me within spittin' distance of the finish line.




A little perspective. It's not as elongated as I feared, and I think the Chinese text kind of "reads".



Detail. It's fully 8" in diameter. That'll weigh down the jacket I sew it onto.

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neroli66
Oct. 17th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Ooo! So pretty!
emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
Hey, you! Where ya been?

Or maybe it's where have I been? Anyway, haven't said "hey" to you for a while, so "Hey!"
neroli66
Oct. 17th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
Well, I have been AWOL so...maybe it's where have we both been? LOL

My only excuse for being gone is two 6 day work weeks, the stress of winding the "old store" down and getting the new one set up and that whole moving thing I did right before the work change over.

So where have you been? And "Hey back"! :-D
emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
Me, I've been seeing "Serenity" a lot.

Hee@ Not that I spend all my time doing that, but this movie has taken up a LOT of mindspace lately. Wish it could have flown higher, you know? This fandom seems destined to be a heartbreakder, doesn't it?
neroli66
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Good for you, going multiple times!

Between long hours and having to wait to get into the new owners paycheck schedule I've only seen it the once so far. But I do plan to get into the theater for it at least 1 more time. It's at my local theater still so I plan on going Thursday.

But yes, for all the love it does seem this fandom is doomed to heartache. Still, we did help get the BDM made so that's something, right?
emeraldsedai
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
We have done the impossible.
neroli66
Oct. 18th, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
And that makes us mighty.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Never gonna get old. Who could have known, then Joss wrote those lines, that they would sum up the entire Firefly 'verse?
neroli66
Oct. 20th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Nope, not ever gonna get old. I think Joss is some kinda psychic...*nods*
thecaelum
Oct. 17th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
Wow. *awed*
emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Seems like I haven't seen much of you lately! Hope you're well.
thecaelum
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm okay. Just a lot on my plate right now.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
*waves at busy thecaelum

Shiny icon!
thecaelum
Oct. 17th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Work is just insane right now. So much is changing, and I'm heading into the busy season. It's craziness! *pets your happy!Simon*
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emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Just think: in only a few short weeks, if I do my fannish duty, you'll get to see the finished piece. It'll be incredibly tactile--whoever ends up wearting it at S2 can expect to be shoulder- and back-groped quite a bit, I think.
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emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now that the finish line is in sight, I'm really eager to get to it.
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emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm eager to see it finished.
communicator
Oct. 17th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
It'll look great on a jacket
emeraldsedai
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
I hope so! Trouble is, it'll weigh several ounces, which is a lot to ask velvet to hold up. Should be an interesting engineering challenge.
executrix
Oct. 18th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. You are amazing.

The pot rack in my kitchen and the bookshelves in the hall aren't attached directly to the wall--they're on a piece of plywood which is then attached to the wall. So if the beading sewn to a piece of muslin, and then the muslin french-seamed onto the velvet? That way the muslin takes the strain instead of the velvet (and you can move the beadwork between garments or between garments and frame)?
emeraldsedai
Oct. 18th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, the plywood approach is good--though in this case the "plywood" goes under the velvet, in the form of a muslin layer between the velvet and the lining.

The beadwork by itself is heavy and drapey, and needs its own plywood. Couching it to stiff white fabric will firm it up physically and have the added benefit of lightening the too-dark translucent beads. Should help the design pop visually.

I've even used aluminum foil behind pieces that weren't going to get much movement, like purses. The one in my icon is an example of that.

As to removability--yeah, I've been struggling with that, mostly because beadwork doesn't dryclean well. *wonders about Velcro...*
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