Recreation of Jewelryy and clothing
from Petrus Christus' "Portrait of a Woman (or Girl)"
1479

I found a poster of this paintg and realized it was beady. I had to have it and make it, and I did. I used .33 gauge beadwire and black glass beads,, the pearls were antique ones from my Grandmother, not real but do feel and look it, very heavy, I also used bronze bugles for the "spokes" on the ladder parts of the necklace. I used wire as the numerous tires I attempted with various bead threads were unseccuessful. The wire worked right off. I did this a bit like macrame' , I used pins to guide and hold down the sectiosn as I did them and keep them shaped on a pladded half moon pelliow I made especially for this. This was a experiment, taught me alot, I might do it again sometime, once you got going it wasn't hard.

Hadn't made the hat yet. But don't I look just hot and burdened?

I'll try and dig out a picture of the hat, and post it here, plastic canvas is a wonder baby. The loop, BTW IS funtional. It is wired and the lop spans the curve of your head and actually keeps the hat on just fine with out pins.

 
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