Dec 7, 2003, 9:27 AM
Post #1 of 41
I've been asked recently about 3D figures (people and animals).
The Beadwork article showed how to use odds and ends beads to make cute figures. These figures are great for adding to your gift wrap. They are inexpensive, very cute, and will be sure to decorate the recipients home for a long time to come! They are more fun and interesting than the plastic ornaments or snowflakes so often used (and cliche'd).
I had mentioned on one forum a pamphlet/book with 3D figures in it. It used mostly the tri-beads to create the arms and legs, and a variety of beads to create the bodies. I may have 1 or two more copies of that in stock. It was a close out, and I don't know if it's still in publication or not, but I doubt it.
There are also several books by Leisure Arts or Design Originals (I can't remember which, and I don't have them at hand) with 3D critters in them.
I had a two-needle plan for an aligator at one point, but I have not been able to locate it. It was made with rocalle beads, and was intended as an earring.
There are a number of sites on the Internet that have 3D beaded animals and designs, but none I have found have plans. They seem to be one-of-a-kind creations, and a labor of trial and error.
There are a few sites with some 3d hearts or crosses, but the design of those is fairly simple once you get the right beads, and visualize the concept. The Interweave book on Beaded Beads is a great place to find some ideas for 3D shapes. You can combine the modules and parts into other creations. There are ideas for bodies, for legs, for heads and crowns, etc.
http://icandream.com/ has some patterns for beaded fashion dolls, but they are 2D.
We also run http://BeadieCritters.com which has about 1000 patterns for pony beads, but most can be adapted to smaller beads, or using wire rather than string. They are not 3D, but might be a stepping off point.
(We are in the process of trying to get it converted over to database format).
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Pittsburgh, PA 15217