August 30, 2012

Hand Painted Dog Bed with Textured Design and Hand Made Cushions

luxury dog bed hand painted
Update as of 2014, I'm no longer making the dog beds. Thank you so much 
for you past orders and support. Please visit my new online store
featuring my mosaic art.
I wanted to share my latest dog bed that was a custom order.
The customer wanted the bed to have an elegant look with patterns and texture 
but didn't want it too busy with lots of different colors and 
this is what we came up with.

wooden dog bed
You might remember that I used to make my dog beds using 
end tables as the bases...
Since the tables were so inconsistent in materials and sizes, 
I recently decided to build my own bases and it's working out great.

Lucy Designs dog bed
Here it is all primed with the headboard that I cut out from a 
pattern I made.

hand painted pet bed
I suggested a textured design on the base of the bed 
and used Flexall and a stencil to make it.

creating and painting dog beds.
This is after the base coat in a warm yellow...
I used the same process to make the design as I did with 

using a stencil for raised design
I added a brown wash on top of the basecoat to bring out the design

dog bed headboard
I found a beautiful carved wooden piece to use on the headboard...
it was almost the stencil design in reverse!

hand painted dog bed design
I made custom feet by starting with plain bun feet cut from furniture legs... 

I don't remember but I'm sure I probably used the other part of the leg in a dragonfly! 

carving designs in furniture with the dremel tool
I carved a groove in them with the dremel...

painted and carved bun feet for dog bed
Painted, brown washed and topped with metallic gold...
My customer thought they looked like cupcakes and she loved them

hand painted dog beds crackle finish
We ended up going with a crackled background on the headboard,
edged with chocolate, cream and metallic gold stripes...

dog bed accents
Metallic gold finials for the posts...

hand painted striped dog bed
and more stripes around the base.

dog bed with custom cushions
She requested custom cushions with little bumper pillows that go 
around all sides...

I made all the cushions reversible with the chocolate on one side 
and gold on the other so she has lots of options... 

hand tufted pillows for dog bed
She wanted the pillows tufted and explained how the buttons 
wouldn't be a problem with her dog.

throw pillows for dog bed
She also wanted additional little throw pillows...

They are reversible as well.

hand painted yellow dog bed
the back...

and it was done!
It was shipped to New York and she loved it.

hand painted dog bed
She texted me this pic of her baby in the bed...cutie!

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August 24, 2012

Mosaic Surfboard Stained Glass Mosaic Chameleon Lizard Design

chameleon surfboard mosaic
Update June 2017 visit my new online shop featuring my 
coastal and nature inspired mosaics.

My latest mosaic surfboard order.
This order was for their son's room and they wanted a mosaic
of his chameleon named Derek!

art inspiration chameleon
This is the photo they sent me...

orange chameleon mosaic
This is my interpretation of him

mosaic chameleon stained glass mosaic
I love his little feet clinging to the branch!

stained glass mosaic orange chameleon
I had so much fun making him, 
I love stepping outside of my usual designs and creating something new.

mosaic surfboard art
The design wraps around the sides...

mosaic surfboard art Lucy Designs
Lots of pretty greenery and blue skies.

mosaic surfboard leaves and chameleon
He was shipped off to Delaware.

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August 10, 2012

Beaded Dragonfly Tutorial, wire and glass bead table leg dragonfly art DIY

table leg dragonfly how to
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
My latest beaded wing dragonfly, or see one of my other beaded wing dragonflies..
I wanted to share a tutorial on how I make them so you can create your own.

It's a lot of arrows, hope you can understand it...and excuse my
painted up hands, I was working on other projects at the same time :)

beaded wing dragonfly DIY
Paint your spindle or table leg that you will use for the body and drill 3 holes
towards the top of the body. You won't be able to paint it after you've beaded.

The middle hole needs to be bigger than the other two
since it will need to accommodate 3 passes of the wire.
I use approx 12 gauge wire, it needs to be pretty sturdy.

wire for beaded dragonfly wing
The wing structure will be made with one continuous piece of wire.

For wings that are about 12" long each, I estimate and cut approximately 
9 feet of the heavy duty wire. You can find rolls of this all purpose wire
in the picture hanging sections of home improvement stores.

I'll go ahead and tell you it will be like wrestling a baby alligator working
with that length of wire and getting it to cooperate but just take your time
and it will all come together!

creating wings for table leg dragonfly
Make the loop to keep the wire from coming through the other side...

DIY tutorial beaded dragonfly art
After you've made the loop on the left, make a wing shape and 
thread through the top right hole, into the body and come out
at the top left hole...

tutorial for table leg dragonfly with wire wings
Make another wing shape out to the left then thread the wire
back through the middle hole

how to create wire wing dragonly
This is how it should be so far...two top wings and the end of the wire
coming out the middle hole on the right side.

recycled dragonfly art
Make another wing shape and thread end of the wire through
 the bottom hole from right to left...

table leg dragonfly art Lucy Designs
This shows the wire coming out of the left bottom hole.
Make another wing shape and ...

thread it back through the large middle hole to the other side.

DIY table leg dragonfly beaded wings
This is the end of the wire coming out the middle hole on the right side...
If you estimated correctly, you'll probably have around 9" left.
Better to have some left than not enough!

how to create dragonfly art
Cut excess and make another loop to keep the wire from coming out...

table leg dragonfly with wire wings
You'll end up with something like this, adjust and shape the wings as needed...

beads for beaded dragonfly art
Gather your beads...I use glass beads and about 30+
medium sized beads per wing with a few smaller and larger beads
mixed in as well.

beaded dragonfly tutorial
Get thinner wire to thread the beads, approx 20 gauge is what I use...

I use wire in a lot of projects and this is a spool I already had
so it's what I used.  It just needs to be thin enough so it
will thread through your beads

beaded dragonfly wings
I cut smaller pieces of the thin wire at a time and then start winding
and weaving the wire onto the wings adding beads as I go.
I don't have a particular method, just kind of create as I go along

tutorial glass bead dragonfly wings
You'll end up with something similar to this and that's it!

table leg dragonfly art
I added shell button/beads for the eyes on this one...

recycled art
Uncoiled metal conduit for the antenna...
This is a fun material to use, I also used it in my

brick ties in recycled art
I used a wavy brick tie to embellish the body...

beaded dragonfly art
Another wing view...

how to make beaded wing dragonfly
He's ready to go.
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