Sparkly-shinies for your wristicles!
Tiger & Bunny episode 24 drove me to this. In an attempt to not be exceptionally spoiler-ific, I will say that this banner/sash has its part to play. I'd wanted to turn it into a bracelet for a while now, so... it seemed like the appropriate time. There is a reason for the black band; it's supposed to be burned. Which is also the reason for the gold findings. High concept, I has it.
So. Um. ...I just had to do a mock-up of every single hero "call bracelet" from Tiger & Bunny for some reason. Left to right, top to bottom: Wild Tiger Green, Barnaby Brooks Jr. (Bunny) Red, Rock Bison Bronze, Origami Cyclone Gray, Dragon Kid Yellow, Sky High Purple, Blue Rose Blue, and Fire Emblem Orange. There's also a pink one in the making. Why pink? ...Why not pink?
They are all available as made-to-order bracelets over at my Etsy shop, in both single-sided versions and double-sided versions. Custom colors are also an option. If either of the listings ever "disappear", that's because I'm currently working on fulfilling an order; just drop me an Etsy message and I'll let you know when they're available again.
It was bound to happen eventually. I'm more than happy to make these along with the standard double-sided or single-sided call bracelets, but this particular one pictured is mine. Ahem.
(If you are new to, or do not know about, the Tiger & Bunny fandom, then Black Tiger is kind of a non-canon fan creation. A very, very good one.)
(Also known as, "Way Too Damn Far for a Joke".)
Yes, I loved Tron: Legacy. But all it really did was remind me of how much I loved the original Tron... and the character. And no, dammit, this is not a spoiler. If I had to explain to you why this is not a spoiler, then it would be a spoiler. Don't sass me.
...Anyway. Design-wise, I decided to go for old-style text in new-style colors. Each individual bracelet is comprised of 1,372 tiny glass beads, each individually woven together, and one Swarovski button. For those of you paying attention, yes, there are 2,744 shiny glass beads and two Swarovski crystal buttons. Woven together with super-strong thread, by hand. When I say it took a week, I do mean seven days. And on the seventh day I declared myself to be a lost cause and a Tron fan. Rock on, programs.
In celebration of my favorite program. Mmm, obsessions renewed. This is a classic-style Tron insignia bracelet with a little bit of flair. What can I say, I'm all up for a little bit of sparkly geeky flair (obviously).
Great reason to try cube beads, yes? It was my first time with them, and... well, I do like them. They make for a nice look even when I didn't manage to catch all of the mildly deformed ones (though I imagine I'm the only human being in the world to notice all of the little nearly-microscopic gaps), but they don't drape and flow nearly as well as smooth, round delicas. They're still smooth to the touch and flexible, though, and it's always nice to work with something larger than delicas, even if just barely. Getting that double band piece to work, though... I don't even want to think about it. It'll be easier to do it again after the first time, but the amount of time and effort involved in just that detail was way beyond what I was prepared for when I ridiculously thought, "Hey, I want to make this different!" Add to that the fact that I had to remove a whole row of beads from the bottom portion just so it would drape better over a wrist... yeah, I don't want to think about it anymore. LET'S PRETEND IT DIDN'T HAPPEN AND BE HAPPY.
As always, I make all of my beaded pieces by hand, bead by bead, with a needle and thread, no looms involved. Because I am completely, undeniably, stupidly insane.
Well, um. Well. I suppose I should have predicted this wandering completely out of control. More cube beads, and they're really not as consistent as I'd like them to be, so that took a little extra effort to get around. The panel itself went just fine. I started that little "window" portion as being completely open, and that seemed simple but interesting and worked well... but didn't let the bracelet lay against the skin very smoothly. It could have worked, sure, but I was not satisfied. So I stabilized it with a few lines. And a few extra beads along the interior. And it took so much longer than it should have, but here it is.
About halfway through the original Rinzler Pixel Bracelet, I knew I wanted to make one in red. And a little fancier. Ta-da, and so on. I really quite enjoy the result, and while it was easier to get together than the first one... it was also a lot more time-consuming. I am really quite concerned that my ability to do simple things may have been destroyed, choked to death by "Hm, what if I try this..."
Oh well, I still enjoy it. The fragile-looking parts are all triple-enforced so that they're fragile in look only, and of course that is a genuine Swarovski crystal square... thingie for the clasp. A neat square thingie.
I don't know how much time it took altogether, and I don't want to know. I love the poison mushroom... but I'm not sure that I loved it this much. Still, I did want to give white thread a try and... I can't really explain the rest of it. Insanity, as usual. And it's a corset cuff, meaning it can adjust to any wrist size with the spiffy little silk ribbon.
It was a real learning experience, though. There are some rough parts due to that, but overall it actually turned out much better than I expected. And, of course, it's SHINY! Got a lot of comments and pick ups at Anime Boston, but o one brought it home, alas.