I picked this vase to work on first as it is my favourite colour to use and I have LOTS of beads in my stash to match it.
Firstly, I had to mix a 'soup' to work with. Anyone that knows me well knows that that was a major challenge! I hate anything that is not ordered and neat. Soup is a mix of bead shapes, sizes and colours so totally freaks me out. I added lots of different sized seed beads, some glass pearls, fire polished crystals, bugles, gemstone chips and gemstone beads and ended up with this:
To add the beads I needed a base row that wouldn't move so used the bumpy bit of the vase and created a ring of beads above it, then strung some more beads to add a ring below it too. Working between the two rings gave me a great start.
I kept adding beads until it was covered, then started to work my way up towards the rim of the vase.
When I reached the top I drew the beads in over the edge using peyote stitch to stop the beadwork from slipping down the vase.
I then worked my way down to the bottom edge of the vase, adding in a bezelled signature cabochon which I'd just come up with as a way of identifying my work.
Again I worked over the edge to keep the beadwork in place.
I was really pleased with how this turned out! :oD
It is destined for my bathroom once I get my new suite put in and I still have a few more colours and shapes of these vases to play with.