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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Hen Beaded Animals – Swan, Buzzing Hen, Parrots, and so on

This submit has been a stinker. I unintentionally revealed it early and needed to re-set its publish date to the tip of March. However it nonetheless wasn’t prepared when it posted once more! Lesson discovered. Subsequent time simply delete the outdated submit and begin a brand new one. :p In the present day we’re overlaying all of the birds, from cockatoos to hummingbirds to roosters. Simply all these images makes me itch to play with seed beads once more. I want a time turner so I can sustain with all my hobbies. LOL

Beading Supplies

It has occurred to me that I needs to be together with some info on the supplies I take advantage of to make these.

Beading supplies - wire and bead stoppers - Hermit Werds - 32-gauge wire in gold, copper, and silver and two kinds of bead
Beading provides – wire and bead stoppers

My foremost provides for all bead critters are 11/0 seed beads and 32-34 gauge wire. I make an observation once I use extra supplies. The 32-34 gauge wire is fairly widespread in craft shops and is available in silver, gold, and copper colours.

In case your native retailer doesn’t have any, I hear good issues about ParaWire from the French beaded flower communities, and so they do have a lot of totally different gauges in numerous colours. I’m not affiliated with them nor have I bought from them earlier than so please preserve that in thoughts and do your personal analysis. I’ve sometimes been capable of salvage copper wire from outdated electronics (like an outdated flashlight you can “shake” to cost), however this wire tends to be softer which implies your critters received’t maintain their form as nicely.

Bead stoppers are additionally actually nice. Nothing is sadder than having all of your beads fall off your wire since you paused to take a sip out of your drink.

Beading supplies - seed, bugle, hex beads - Hermit Werds - 10/0, 11/0, 15/0, 15/0 hex, 3mm bugle beads
Beading provides – seed, bugle, hex beads

As for seed beads, I want the barely cheaper uneven beads on the 11/0 and up sizes as a result of then you’ve a bit of selection in bead thickness to select from which might actually enhance the form of your critter. Utilizing the extra uniform Toho, Miyuki, and so on. beads will give much less character so I averted them till I couldn’t discover the colour elsewhere. This doesn’t apply at 15/0 as a result of they’re so small. Most of my beads are from outdated Blue Moon seed bead tubes that Michael’s discontinued and Interest Foyer, which, I know :(, however they’ve the correct amount of measurement variability. On the whole, I believe Czech seed beads could also be your greatest guess. They even are available hanks so they’re pre-strung. Very handy.

Additionally take into account that pearl/ceylon finishes are sprayed onto the bead after they’re made and such beads might be barely thicker than common beads of the identical measurement.

Keep away from actually low-cost seed beads as a result of they fluctuate an excessive amount of in measurement and form and you’ll find yourself not having the ability to use plenty of them. This contains beads from Walmart or the actually low-cost hanks/tubes from bead exhibits since they’re typically painted and the colour will come off. I communicate from expertise there…

Let’s get to the bead critters, eh?

The positioning is outdated (2013), in frames (yuck), in French (Oui!), and gone from the energetic internet (😢) however the patterns are all out there for free.

Citron-crested Cockatoo - Hermit Werds - Marilyne Kéréneur's Citron-crested Cockatoo  beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Citron-crested Cockatoo

An expensive good friend loves and owns Citron-crested Cockatoos and they’re really lovely birds. I made one among these for her. Matte Toho beads have been used for the crest. It’s a bit of onerous to see since they’re so gentle, however they’re relatively sq. in form.

Mallard Duck - Hermit Werds - Marilyne Kéréneur's Mallard Duck beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Mallard Duck

This little Mallard duck may be very cute, however its legs simply by no means labored for me. They do stability out his form a bit of so he can stand, however I don’t actually like their form.

Rubber Ducky Pencil Topper - Marilyne Kéréneur's Rubber Ducky Pencil Topper beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Rubber Ducky Pencil Topper

I like this pencil topper and it’s very unhappy that she solely made one pencil topper sample. I might not suggest this for a pencil that’s going to be out and in of a pencil case or bag (the wire will ultimately bend too many instances and begin breaking), however for a pencil that staysat your desk, that is lovable. It’s doable you can make this with string/elastic so it’s extra sturdy/usable, however I’ve not tried that. As I recall, I altered the sample to make his base larger so he’d match on my pencils. Maintain that in thoughts as you bead and have your pencil/pen readily available so you possibly can check for match.

I made a pencil topper dragon, however we haven’t gotten to that class but. 😉

Flamingo - Hermit Werds - Marilyne Kéréneur's Flamingo  beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds with alterations to legs and beak
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Flamingo

Given my earlier experiences with getting issues to face up, I knew this flamingo wouldn’t be capable to stand except I made some modifications. I caught a thicker piece of wire up his legs and made them with stacked 10/0 beads as a substitute of the same old seed bead weaving. I do want I’d made his toes with 15/0 beads since that might be extra aesthetic, however I in all probability didn’t have them on the time. He nonetheless doesn’t stand nice as a result of he’s high heavy. I additionally folded his beak below since Marilyne’s design has an extended beak extra within the line of a sand piper than a flamingo.

Marilyne Kéréneur's Peacock - Hermit Werds - metallic Peacock  beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds with alterations to the train/"tail"
Mod based mostly on Marilyne Kéréneur’s Peacock

I had partially beaded this peacock earlier than life moved me away from creating bead critters. As a substitute of following Marilyn’s sample with seed beads, I used 3mm bugle beads on the shaft of the practice feathers and made the feathers longer as they reached the center of the hen. My intention was so as to add a second row of even longer practice feathers. Marilyne’s sample has eight strands which might be two feathers lengthy in all seed beads. This hen is sort of as huge because the swan (see additional down), so it’s a bit of squishy given the supplies, however very cute. I could but return and fill within the practice extra…

Colorful Rooster - Hermit Werds - Marilyne Kéréneur's Colorful Rooster beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds with colors changed out by Lisa
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Colourful Rooster

I don’t have a favourite bead hen, however this rooster tugs at my rainbow-loving coronary heart strings probably the most. He’s so fairly! Marilyne’s sample makes use of totally different colours, however as with all belongings you make your self, you determine what the tip outcome might be. Roosters are so fairly. If solely they have been extra quiet!

Scarlet Macaw - Hermit Werds - Marilyne Kéréneur's Scarlet Macaw beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds
Marilyne Kéréneur’s Scarlet Macaw

This Scarlet Macaw is so fairly. I had a bit of debate with myself over utilizing clear or opaque crimson beads, however he’ll be fairly both manner you make him. I all the time meant to place collectively a bit of palm tree stand for him to perch on, however I haven’t gotten to it but. He’s nonetheless with me, so it’s nonetheless a chance. Let me know within the feedback if you happen to’re excited about seeing that little undertaking. I’m certain I’d doc my course of and share it. 🙂

Marilyne additionally had a cool, scarf-wearing penguin that I by no means made. She additionally has a sample for a hen and an eagle whose head I stole to make a hippogryph (we’ll get to the fantasy class ultimately).

Anja Freese

Subsequent Anja Freese’s ebook Lovable Beaded Creatures, which comprises the patterns for the creatures under…

Anja Freese's Swan - Hermit Werds - Anja Freese's Swan beaded by Lisa @HermitWerds
Anja Freese’s Swan

This swan is kind of huge and delightful. And that’s a part of the issue! It’s in all probability one of many largest bead critters I ever made and it suffers lots from droop as a result of it’s so heavy. I’d use a thicker wire at any time when doable when making this one.

Anja’s ebook additionally has patterns for a tacky duck, a Nice Blue Turaco, a Marvelous Spatuletail, a (smart) owl, a penguin and its child, and a music hen that I by no means made.


Rubber Chicken Earrings - Hermit Werds - seed bead rubber chickens beaded by Lisa @hermitwerds based on unknown artist's design
Rubber Hen Earrings

I discovered a picture of a beaded rubber hen over a decade in the past. It had no watermark and I used to be unable to picture search it again to the unique designer. I cherished it a lot I made a few of my very own. Nevertheless, I by no means wore these earrings as a result of I knew they’d be torn into items by my lengthy hair inside a day. I really want to look into making these with string as a result of I might love a rubber hen bracelet…

Me (Lisa ;))

Lisa's Ruby-throated Humming Bird - Hermit Werds - bead ruby-throated hummingbird designed and beaded by Lisa
Lisa’s Ruby-throated Buzzing Hen

When it got here to beading my first hummingbird, I needed to make one which jogged my memory of house. My dad maintains two hummingbird feeders and we solely get the ruby-throated hummingbirds in them (except you depend the occasional wasp). Since nobody else had a sample for my specific breed of hummer, I discovered a bit of from their patterns and made my very own with much more flare for the wings and tail. Then I ended up giving this little man to my dad. I preserve enjoying with the thought of creating extra patterns for different hummingbird breeds, however the time for that hasn’t come but.

What Subsequent?

That is the third group of bead animals I’ve restored to the location (see: ocean/water and misc. mammals). We nonetheless have bugs/butterflies, fantasy/legendary, and my bead spiders to go! In case you have been interested in my nail artwork, listed below are 4 favorites that embrace among the animals we checked out in the present day. Or you possibly can take a look at the hen tag.

Swan Lake - Hermit Werds - a swan princess and rhinestone nail charm swan on a thermal/solar polish with attendant swans
Swan Lake
Rooster Revisited - Hermit Werds - Year of the Rooster nail art done in golds, browns, and yellows
Rooster Revisited
Fifi's Birthday Recreation - Hermit Werds - nail art with a bright rainbow background with clouds, cranes, and an asian temple
Fifi’s Birthday Recreation
Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle - Hermit Werds - freehand nail art of a Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle on a dark green background with fleeing monkey silhouettes
Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle


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