Thursday, December 19, 2013


Hi Everyone!

This has been a trying week for me. I have been going to physical therapy every day. I am sooooo happy to report that my feet are getting better. Kate, my therapist, is fantastic! I am confident that when she is done with me I will have walk-ABLE feet again. LOL
For Paint Party Friday I am showing a work in progress.
It is a beaded face and hand. I molded, carved and prepped the face for beading.  I molded my own hand, actually two fingers and thumb and cover it with leather. I beaded the face first. Then attached hand to the face and beaded that.  I adopted this style of beading from Huichol yarn art. Some artists of the Huichol tribe take colorful yarns and wrap them around spiritual animals. My grandmother gave this to me in 1972.
She and my grandfather spent time in Mexico with a Huichol family.
Sooooo why not do this with strands of seed beads? Over the last 40 plus years I have created many pieces with this technique.
This is still a WIP  
The head is partially carved out and the hand is backwards. A woman's feeling of "life" the hardships, that sometimes twist us, muddle our thoughts and perplex our vision of the future.
In all of this we maintain our beauty. 
She is entitled
(twisted, bewilderment, entanglement, quandary)
Hope you enjoy

 The finishes still need to be applied then mounted.
I use Czech and Toho seed beads and tacky glue for this.
Lay down a line of glue then string seed beads on a short piece of thread
 Lay the seed beads in a line on the glue.
 Hold the beads with your finger and pull the thread out from the beads. I use a flat toothpick to push the beads tightly in place. You can work several row, then give it some drying time before continuing.
 Hopefully she will be done by next week.
Honor and Integrity in Life in Art


  1. Wow, that is some great work you have going there Nicole. Your work is so intriguing. That is very hard work and you always do a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing the beauty of it all.

  2. Fascinating and so unique, Nicole! I admire your patience and commitment to detailed work. Beautiful!

  3. She is stunning! Awesome work of art!

    I do hope your feet will be well soon!

  4. Love your beading, and hope your feet soon feel better! Valerie

  5. I love your wonderful art, dear Nicole! So much details worked with love and passion.
    Happy PPF

  6. Happy PPF,wow thank you for sharing these gorgeous projects Nicole. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, hugs Annette x

  7. Oh Nicole, this is so unique and special and beautiful! I love seeing your beaded works, I can never imagine how on earth you do this. And it's not only the beading that's beautiful, but also the sculptures you mold. Love seeing your work!

  8. Wow Nicola that is so very intricate and delicate.i admire your skill and patience in working with those tiny beads! I think it's looking great so far and look forward to seeing the finished piece. Happy holidays!

  9. Gorgeous work Nicola! The design is beautiful and I love that you showed the process. So much creativity!

    Happy Christmas
    Happy PPF!

  10. Your beautiful work never ceases to amaze me, Nicole.

  11. You have to have the patience of a saint. . .omgosh. These are absolutely beautiful. Blessings and be well. Janet PPF

  12. Beautiful and such a precise piece. Fantastic work. Thank you for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!

  13. wow these beaded projects are stunning! I don't have that kind of patience nor can I imagine the hours you put into something so gorgeous.

  14. Wow! This is amazing Nicole, I can't tell you how much I admire this work!
    Thank you for sharing the process of beading. I wonder how you do the forms.
    Wishing you good feet!
    Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!

  15. wonderful work; be sure to drop by my blog for Christmas; have a nice Friday

    much love...

  16. OH My My ! This is so wonderful. You have worked so hard on this
    hope your feeling better today too
    I also have painful feet. I should go have it checked out but I hate going to doctors

  17. Jaw dropping beautiful! I am amazed at this technique, and that you actually remove the thread!

    I am glad the PT has been helping your poor feet! Have a good weekend.

  18. Impressive work!! I love it so much...both gorgeous pieces!! Hope your feet feel better soon!

    Hugs Giggles

  19. Incredible pieces! They were very intriguing before but the beads add so much. Beautiful.

    Best wishes for a great holiday season!

  20. Beautiful bead-work and what a cool technique! Hope you feel better!

  21. Beautiful and amazing work! Wow!! I really liked the first piece and the face is superb too!!

  22. I don't know what to say?? WOW!! Amazing! Breath taking!! Fantastic! Holy shit! LOL! I am so happy your feet are doing better! Big Hugs and many blessings!

  23. Nicole - this is an incredible piece. Love it and admire your attention to detail.

  24. Lots of soul and magic in this work. I love what you the way it has come together and can't wait to see it finished. It's always wonderful to work from and be inspired by pieces from the past. Have a great holiday season and thanks for sharing your work.

  25. I LOVE your mask and hand sculpture! The beading is a labor of love, and it truly show cases your amazing craftsmanship. I have an embroidered man's Huichol belt that I purchased back in the late 1980's that I truly treasure. Happy holidays!

  26. Wow! You must be so patient. Beautiful work!
    Happy Holidays & Happy PPF!
    Thank you so much for stopping by earlier :)

  27. Nicole you have some beautiful pieces here, different and so creative! I hope your feet feel much better soon!!

  28. Wow! You do magic with the beads. :) Happy Holidays!

  29. I could never do such beautiful work. All these little tiny beads. I would go nuts!

  30. Wow this is really cool the face in the hand! But I love lil owl too!! She fits perfectly to Mix It Monthly Wish you a wonderful Christmas Time with your loves ones ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

  31. What a lovely and elaborate piece. Thank you for sharing your inspirations. I hope your feet feel better soon.

  32. oh wow!!! wow and wow!! these are so cool!!! I love the details!!! you are amazing ....hope you feel much better in time for Christmas!!!

  33. OMGOSH...I love love love this and so want to try it myself. You are such an inspiration woman!!

    Sending healing thoughts as you know I do always.


  34. Ooh WOW,your beads works so amaizing,looved that so much, i hope you feeling better soon,wish you a happy cristmas time and a happy new year.
    Happy PPF,Hugs Jeannette

  35. WOW! That is going to be stunning -I can't wait to see the finish piece. Have a fabulous holiday + I am so pleased your are feeling better x

  36. Nicole. Just popped in to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Onward we go to 2014. See you there!:)

  37. Hi Nicole, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  38. Wow she is gorgeous, I just love her, can't wait to see her finished!! I am glad you are doing better and was so happy to hear the shop is re-opening. I hope your Mom is doing well too!


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