Beading the night sky

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather so I haven’t done much more than making this Night Sky meteor these last few days and a starter for the Triangle love project.

This little meteor is a star viewer, where you can peek in and see the night sky, or a representation of it at any rate. I learnt a few things making this, and will hopefully be able to make a larger more cool star gazer in the future when I get more matte black beads and silver lined gold and crystal to make the night sky. I’d also love to make an outer layer in

blue to look like the daytime sky, or to make it look like a cave or something.

The hardest part of this was adding the metallic black beads over the herringbone stitch to cover the gaps and help stiffen the sphere up so it held its shape. It is not completely dark as the small gaps between beads let light in but you can cup your hands around the meteor so that it only lets light in through the top to get the best effect.
It would be cooler If it had a second layer to block more of the light and had lights to shine in onto the sliver lined

beads so that they sparkled even more when looking in.

Still, I am happy with how it turned out given my limited supplies for the project and my lack of knowledge on how to make it work and I now have serval ideas on how to make a better one from making it. After all the best way to learn is to do.

Ana Cravido

I have been mostly busy with my up coming exhibition which is approaching fast! but have also been working towards doing interviews for the blog and am making a new cover for the international patchwork sculpture group. Ana’s awesome photo of a number of the pentagons she has made will be in the banner, along with hopefully a number of other photos from other members of the group. If you are participating in the project and want photos of your pentagons in the cover please let me know so I can add them in when I update the cover.

Ana’s photos has her own pentagon designs, the Swirl pentagon design by Debby Zook and some of mine, all made by Ana with her unique colour choices. She has such a lovely colour palette going on and I really need to buy more opaque beads in future are they can be just as amazing as the silver lined ones.

You can find some of the designs in the files of the International Patchwork Sculpture group on Facebook and the tutorial/pattern for the pentagons in the group as well as on the International beading week website.

Well I don’t have much else to say so I will get back to it and get a move on. I will hopefully have another post for you this week.


Published by Louise

Hey there, most people call me Lou and I am a passionate dreamer and creator of funky beaded creations. I dream of having my creations featured in galleries and am working to make that dream a reality. When I am not working or creating I am spending time with family and friends, reading or watching movies.

2 thoughts on “Beading the night sky

  1. Hi, Louise. I am sorry you haven’t been feeling well. Maybe you have your own personal reasons or it is the way the world is now – I try to be positive despite the global context but it is not easy at all. On a more positive note, I love the title of the post: Beading the night sky, oh so poetic. I look at your photos of the meteor and I am in awe how you have made this shape. I have no idea at all. I can not give any advice on this kind of creation, but regarding the stiffness I have read that some beaders put some nail polish on their finished pieces so they will be firmer. Changing subject again, it is curious that you like my palette of colours for my pentagons, because I remember when I looked at the banner for the project in International Beading Week I was also ‘attracted’ (sometimes I do not find the right word) by the colours and I thought ‘this seems an interesting project’. The colours were turquoise and orange, and being turquoise my second favourite colour, how could I resist? Love, Ana

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    1. Hi Ana thanks, I probably just work to much and need to take more breaks. I’m glad you like the title as I was trying to make it interesting. I have heard about the nail polish trick but like to challenge myself by only using the beads and thread where possible, it has helped me learn things about beading. I get what you mean about the colours, some times you see a combination and it just sparks your interest.



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