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Apparel: Skintenna Top by Bright-Circle Apparel: Skintenna Top by Bright-Circle
This fully wearable cami was one of my very earliest finished Big Projects. It's made entirely of glittering black glass beads on matching wire, formed into links and linked to each other, without any jumprings even (back then jumprings weren't in my budget so I had to design things that didn't need them). Black glass teardrops adorn the hem, adding a charming, slightly scalloped effect.

In Japanese chain mail, horizontal rings are linked by vertical rings, and it was that idea of large rings linked by smaller rings, that led me to dream up this pattern.

Being made of highly adaptive bead 'fabric', this top easily accommodates US sizes 8-14 (and usually 16, depending on the individual's bust measurement), and adjusting the size larger or smaller is not difficult. It weighs about 2 lbs (0.9 kg).

Over three months and 85 hours, I worked on this, the final project secret from my family until the evening it was finished. I put the garment on and wore it downstairs and OH everyone's jaw dropped then!

I named it Skintenna after the wearable communication 'nets' in Scott Westerfeld's 'Uglies' series, though I haven't gotten far enough in the book 'Specials' to fully understand what all a skintenna can do.

P.S. Did I mention this is made up of over a thousand of bead links, which means literally thousands of those little loops to link them?

6mm czech firepolished beads
4mm czech firepolished beads
10x8mm czech firepolished teardrops
Black-coated copper wire

Available for sale here: [link]
You can see more of my work here: [link]
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Given 2009-02-08
Apparel: Skintenna Top by ~Bright-Circle. Art in the form of jewelry as apparel and constructed of thousands of 4mm and 6mm fire-polished beads and teardrops for the hem fringe. The suggester wrote, "~Bright-Circle strives in creating a lot of different, unique pieces of artisan crafts. I think this shirt shows her true dedication and skill in execution and commitment to her work." ( Suggested by iBluGirl and Featured by Kitten-of-Woe )
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Wirejeweller Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
This is just fantastic! Gorgeous pattern and the concept really lifts the idea of the basic cami.
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Arwena-320 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Very nice ^^
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KnottyKeely Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... just, wow...
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kevinroberts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Beautiful creation! Where can we see some photos of this on? I love the pattern with the interlocking horizontal and vertical rings!
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BalloonHorse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is quite impressive. I have seen a lot of beaded articles, but nothing to compare with the scale of this.
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gipsylover Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply amazing and beautiful...how long did it take?
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Around 85 hours.
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littlecricket74 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011   Artisan Crafter
that is absolutely beautiful great work on this
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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oOTeamVolturiOo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thats amazing! I LOVE the Uglies series it's one of Scott-la's best!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It provided us with a lot of great imagery.
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panoramagraphics Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010   Digital Artist
Hey, i was just browing the interbetz and spotted this, the dress Katy Perry is wearing in the pic really reminded me of this =] thought you might want to see!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm saving it to my computer for future inspiration!
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panoramagraphics Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010   Digital Artist
I went shopping the other day actually and saw a lot of mesh tops like this, they're pretty 'in' at the moment - at least in the UK! I wouldn't be suprised if soemthing liekt his topp showed up in some sort of fashion magazine, perhaps you should send it in to some? Don't know if that'd wrk, but it's worth a go :')
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmm, cool!
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FairyMae Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Want!!!!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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kmotsko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student Writer
This is really amazing! It shows a lot of dedication and hard work, and the product looks really great. Fantastic work! :+favlove: Is it comfortable to wear over, say, a tank top?
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Yes, it's quite comfortable to wear. It has weight to it, but feels cool, slinky, and incredibly glamourous.
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Mortsbeads Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Amazing, it must be so heavy.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's about two pounds, maybe a little more.
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KNT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. From the thumb I thought it was crochet! I do a little with maille, but nothing like this.

I hope you don't mind, but I am going to try and work a crochet pattern off of this.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
go ahead, I'd like to see the finished piece!
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KNT Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It may take a while (I'm trying to work out a stitch that does it justice) but I will certainly send you a note when it is done~
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay!
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RazedInBlue Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
some of the best stuff i've seen in a while....thank you
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm flattered!
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Freygundr Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
stunning!! :omg:
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thanks for the fave!
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Freygundr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
you're welcome!
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xsaccharine Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
This is beautiful. I like how it's named after something in the "Uglies" series, that caught my eye.

I was under the impression that skintennas were actually beneath the skin, not a clothing article.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D

You're right, the skintenna is definely not external clothing; the top is meant to suggest the idea of a skintenna.
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modestlobster Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! =D
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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This is such an amazingly detailed piece of work, I can only even begin to fathom the 85 hours of work that must've gone into wrapping each of those beaded links. How are you able to work on a project for so long like that? Personally I find that I have to watch tv or listen to music when I'm working on my projects like that.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, trust me, I usually have to watch or listen to something while doing big projects too. Thanks for the fave!
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chrnoskitty Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   General Artist
Lovely ♥
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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chrnoskitty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   General Artist
You're welcome.
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Alzirr Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Now this is amazing :wow: Looks at once heavy and fragile!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's a fairly accurate assessment!
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icebloodedqueen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
This is an amazing piece, both in concept and in beading achievement! The drops on the hem are the perfect detail.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The drops were an addition later on in the design process, and I really love the way they turned out.
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic outfit and an exceptional way to use beads.

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I happen to make glass beads so that's saying a lot.

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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! Thank you!
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sarkule Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Thats gorgeous!
i wish i had the money to buy it!
and i love the name for it, though its not quite like the ones in specials!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It's not quite like the ones in the books; i took some artistic liberties with the idea.
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BlooDoveStock Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
This is amazing. I do jewelery work, and the thought of making something like this, while it puts me in awe, also makes my fingers cramp! :lol:

Very impressive and wonderful!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! I'm flattered.
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Carolyns-Mewmix Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap, man.
Just wow.
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