Salmon Box is finished

This was a fun project. I would like to thank the new owner for taking the time to find me and asking me to do this piece.

after drying overnight
after drying overnight
another view
another view

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Continuing with the Salmon Box

base and sides sewn, the skin is very dry. I will soak the piece in cool water overnight
base and sides sewn, the skin is very dry. I will soak the piece in cool water overnight
after a good soak it is ready to be dried on the form
after a good soak it is ready to be dried on the form
after drying 24 hours
after drying 24 hours
the top edge needs trimmed before beads are added. I will need to soak the edge before I begin beading.
the top edge needs trimmed before beads are added. I will need to soak the edge before I begin beading.
starting the top edge beading, I keep a wet paper towel on the edge as I work my way around, the skin is much easier t sew when wet
starting the top edge beading, I keep a wet paper towel on the edge as I work my way around, the skin is much easier to sew when wet
there is a plastic cup insert to keep the piece stiff as I add the beads
there is a plastic cup insert to keep the piece stiff as I add the beads
using size 15/0 and 18/0  3 cuts    the rim bends while beading but it will straighten back out
using size 15/0 and 18/0 3 cuts the rim bends while beading but it will straighten back out
I used silver and red aurora beads to represent the inside and outside of the salmon, the red beads will be on the inside of the rim after the final drying
I used silver/charcoal and red aurora beads to represent the inside and outside of the salmon, the red beads will be on the inside of the rim after the final drying
back on the form to dry
back on the form to dry

Salmon Box

This is a commissioned piece. I will be posting my progress on this. It is a salmon skin and moose hide trinket box. Measures approximately 2inches square. The salmon skin pieces remain soaking in cool water until needed. I like to work with wet skin, easier for me to sew. The box will also need repeated soakings as it dries out while I am working on it.

moose hide base, sinew, and beads I will be using
moose hide base, sinew, and beads I will be using
cured salmon skin it is very stiff, I will soak it in water overnight before  cutting
cured salmon skin
it is very stiff, I will soak it in water overnight before cutting
sinew needs to be separated before using
sinew needs to be separated before using
beautiful day delay
beautiful day delay
salmon skin after soaking
salmon skin after soaking
stitching the first salmon skin side to the moose hide
stitching the first salmon skin side to the moose hide
first corner sewn
first corner sewn
base and three sides done
base and three sides done
last side being sewn, it is along process as the salmon must be kept soft, ie wet, until the final side is added
last side being sewn, it is a long process as the salmon must be kept soft, ie wet, until the final side is added

 

“OPAL”

I have finished the backing and edging! I have added some gold dangles to the neckline.  In honor of her cute nose I will name her “OPAL” Thanks for following along.

all finished with beading
all finished with beading
after trimming the beaded felt and cutting a piece of leather for backing I added a ring for hanging
after trimming the beaded felt and cutting a piece of leather for backing I added a ring for hanging
edging, 3 beads at a time  going through felt, aida cloth and 3/4 of the way through the leather
edging, 3 beads at a time
going through felt, aida cloth and 3/4 of the way through the leather
the needle almost comes through the back
the needle almost comes through the back
nice clean backing
nice clean backing
"OPAL"
“OPAL”

 

Beading, beading, beading…..

I got a few hours of beading done the last two days. This piece is starting to come to life! I have not done a small piece in quite awhile. I am amazed at how fast this going.

using 14kt gold delicas for the center of the ears
using 14kt gold delicas for the center of the ears
I like the ears
I like the ears
the crown of the head is going to be a challenge
the crown of the head is going to be a challenge

Progress on new beadwork

No beading yesterday, boo. Today I spent a few hours working on this piece. I like where this is going.  I am thinking it wants me to change the head. I have penciled in a more rounded head and ears. We shall see how it feels as I go along.

New piece day 3
New piece day 3
new piece day 3
new piece day 3
Day 3
Day 3

 

Breaking out the gold beads!

Well, I have made some progress. Decided not to use the gold saucer beads flat, turned them on their sides. Much better. It is starting to tell me where I’m going. Cute little guy.

not exciting, just a shot of the different size needles I will be using
not exciting, just a shot of the different size needles I will be using
G.P. saucer beads placed on their sides, with red seedbeads between each saucer bead
G.P. saucer beads placed on their sides, with red seedbeads between each saucer bead
24kt gold delicas around the eyes
24kt gold delicas around the eyes
switching to size B nymo and a size 13 needle applying size 13/0 seedbeads
switching to size B nymo and a size 13 needle
applying size 13/0 seedbeads
Eyebrows
Eyebrows
now to find out how the bead soup will actually look
now to find out how the bead soup will actually look
finding I need to over stitch between each bead after backstitching. Guess I will be using the 2 needle technique from here on
finding I need to over stitch between each bead after backstitching. Guess I will be using the 2 needle technique from here on

Still unsure what the final form will be.