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This is my second attempt at beetle wing embroidery.

I learned a lot about goldwork, reading Tanja Berlin's website, and I bought some supplies from her. I also learned a lot about lighting this kind of photography, and I think the shots turned out much better. Ironically, the solution that worked best was a simple one - stood outdoors in slanting full sun, and positioned the piece so that it was covered by my shadow. For some of them, I used an additional reflecting card to get bounced soft light.

The stems are couched in the #13 Japanese Gold, and the doodles around the leaves are Kreinik #7 Japan Gold. There are two different colors of the beetle wings; the flowers are done in the "coppery red" variety, the leaves in the more typical kind. They are both mostly green, but the ones in the leaf tend more toward purple, while the ones in the flower can flash copper over their whole surfaces in just the right angle of light.

The leaves are detailed with #10 green glass seed beads, with silver insides.

The flower hips are made from the protonum, which is basically the bug's "shoulder" area. They have a very neat texture, little dimples all over.


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Dec. 26th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm speechless.

Are you going to sell this?
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
Not planning on it. It could be a possibility, although I'd have to figure out costs on it, etc... it goes relatively quickly, once I've figured out how to work it - because the gold lays in the surface, and the beetle wings cover so much fabric.
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Dec. 26th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
that's quite lovely :)
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
i just cant believe how fine and detailed your work is. boggles my mind really.. you have a lot of patience!
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
I am always deeply impressed by your talents.
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Dec. 26th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
Stunning..is it just wrong that I can absolutely see this as a front overlay and sleeves for a costume?
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Nope! Not wrong at all. Very historical, in fact, for certain periods!

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Dec. 26th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
absolutely b-e-a-yootiful!!
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Those are gorgeous.
Dec. 26th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Amazing. I love the shoulder bits with thier texture.
Dec. 26th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Gorgeous, as always.

*is envious*
Dec. 26th, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
That is awesome and gorgeous. Do you have any idea if the wings will hold up to any use, or are they strictly on the wall decor?
Dec. 26th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Stop making me want to collect beetles, thank you ;)

Wow, just wow.
Dec. 26th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
Just stunning. Like others in your comments trail, I'd be interested to see these worked into an item of clothing. Have you tried them on a dark background too?
Dec. 26th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Wow. I adore it. Wow.
Dec. 26th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
WOW. (I want to emphasize that this is NOT a criticism, but just a suggestion on new materials: when tiger beetle season starts in spring, you might want to try tiger beetle exoskeletons in your next set of embroidery. Due to a vagary of coloration in their shells, many tiger beetles look almost pixellated in their metallic sheens, and the wing cases might be even easier to use due to their strength. Just a suggestion, considering how common they are in North Dallas and how they already look as if they've been beaded as it is.)
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