I just posted a ton of new items in my store – 16 new and exciting pieces in the last couple of days. I added a new Store page here on my site, so you can check out the new items right here!
My favorites include the Antique Blueberry set as well as the new recycled aluminum earrings I’ve made. These latest earrings were all made from one Sprite can, and I’ve got a lot of the can left over for a few more pairs as the mood strikes. I think it’s really cool how I can take portions of the can out of context and let the really nice graphic design shine through in detail. I’m sure whoever designed the can would appreciate people taking the time to enjoy these small details, like little bubbles or the blue-to-green gradient with grass-like fingers of green meandering into silver.
Last weekend I spent the night at the Reuben H. Fleet science center with probably about 200 San Diego Imperial Council Girl Scouts. This was a recognition for all the girls who sold 650 boxes or more, a challenging task! It was such a great event, planned by the wonderful Lani, the Product Sales Specialist at Council. She did such an amazing job and even though I was there as a chaperone, I still had so much fun, and played with lots of the exhibits, went on the motion simulator ride, watched a cool IMAX film, and got my nails done!
At the event, Lani asked me to lead a beading project since I’m good at making jewelry. The original idea was to make beaded bracelets, but one girl started making little keychain animals and lots of other great projects followed. Not long after, another girl, probably about 8 or 9 years old, said, “I want to make mine spell out a message.” I asked her what she wanted to say and she promptly said, “I love Edward Cullen” of Twilight fame. I thought that was very cute, but also very ambitious, so I suggested, “How about I heart EC” and she said that would be fine.
This girl was very dedicated and stayed at the table for probably close to two hours making her message. I helped her organize the beads into the pattern and string them on, so it was a joint effort and quite an undertaking, but the results were impressive.
I was really inspired by this and earlier this week pulled out my bead loom which I’ve had since I was a kid, but never used. I’ve been making projects similar to this one, although mine have not been declaring love for various brooding vampire teens. It’s pretty neat how similar the bead loom projects are to creating little sprites in a pixel editor for Daniel’s games. I actually used Pixen, my pixel editor of choice, to create the pattens for my beaded bracelets.
This was my first attempt. I hope that it’s sort of clear what I was trying to do here:
After that, I tried some chevron patterns:
This one turned out pretty nice, but the problem is, for wide bracelets, I’m left with a bunch of warp threads that I have to weave in, which is a pain. Thus, I tried something a little narrower:
I broke one of the beads while I was weaving in threads, though. I will have to be more careful next time. I like the colors of these beads, they’re subtle and pretty!
While looking up online how to use the bead loom, I learned the peyote stitch also. (You can find a pretty good tutorial here if you’d like to learn; the site also has links to other peyote stitch techniques) This stitch doesn’t require any loom and can make a flat band or a tube. I started making a bangle bracelet with a peyote stitch tube, which is really cool because it stretches a little and reminds me a little of a snake. I actually learned how to make the flat peyote stitch first, and used my knowledge of crocheting to figure out how to do it in the tube, which is pretty darn cool. Here’s my progress so far:
There’s no particular pattern, I’m just using a mix of coordinating green seed beads selected at random. I am excited to see how this turns out.