Shinies from Beast Wars, Ghost in the Shell, Super Mario Brothers, Devil May Cry and more!
Glowing symbols, songs, grand visions and movement. This is not a journey soon forgotten, the echoes of it still drifting across the dunes.
There are very few video games that have actually taken my breath away. Journey managed it multiple times. The specific beads used were inspired by a certain scene where there is just such glorious light suddenly, such intense beauty that's almost hard to look at... I couldn't resist trying to reflect that. It's so difficult trying to photograph the full color and sparkle of these beads, not to mention how the white ones really do seem to glow at the right angles.
2,741 beads comprise this bracelet, each individually woven together by hand, from 4-8 threads going through every, single, bead. The clasp itself is a gold-plated copper smooth-working slide or tube clasp. (It's actually a lot easier to work with one hand than it looks.) The bracelet itself would fit a wrist up to 7.5 inches in circumference, but I can be commissioned for custom sizes.
I've had this idea in my head for months, so it's kind of nice to finally make them. Little awesome Super Mario Brothers mushroom rings! You've got your Super Mushroom (in blazing, blinding red), your 1-Up (in bright frosted lime), and your Poison Mushroom (in dazzling purple and brilliant blue). Pretty sweet, right?
She was intended for a contest, but details of that got foiled in various ways, various times and... well, she's been sitting, waiting for her chance. The other day I walked in the room and noticed her and thought, "No. She needs the world to see her now. And maybe someone will really want to cherish her in the way she deserves."
I'm proud of her, besides. I always did love Maleficent, and despite how I have completely taken it upon myself to forget what a horrible experience her boss fight in Kingdom Hearts was, it was also one of those fun "two worlds meeting" things. Hence, awesome shininess!
Long ago, there was a place I visited that was like a dream. It was endlessly beautiful, inhabited by magnificent giants--that I was tasked with killing. Many times I questioned the slaughter, but still I pressed on, eager to see what would become of me and the world around me, and it was when I saw the giants all laying motionless that I felt the weight of what I'd done. From that day on I left the realm, swearing a self-imposed exile; I no longer deserved to see such beauty. Maybe one day I can return to the Forbidden Land, to witness the landscape again... but there will be no more killing.
Shadow of the Colossus left a lasting impact on me that I'm not sure was intended by Team ICO. I cannot do the epic right with words, but maybe in a beaded peace offering? I'd been wanting to do something with the Eye of the Colossus (an item that doesn't actually appear in the finished game, but the model and function code still exist in preview builds; yes, this is how much of a geek I am) for quite a long time now, and it all just sort of crashed down around me with a large, round fiber optic cabochon. Then came paint. And beads. Lots and lots of bead and many days of weaving beads to more beads.
I'm so happy with this. Not only did the Eye of the Colossus come out beautifully, but the dark gray beads frame it perfectly, and the "serpent creature" astounds me. Of course those are Swarovski crystals for the eyes. The clasp is one of those hook attachments that I normally use for dragon bracelets, but in this case it was the best choice. There are also sixteen "spines", one to represent each Colossus. They're not actually spiny in any way, as they're held together with thread and flexible. Just thought I'd say so.
("Ramum olivae" is Latin for "branch of olive"; an olive branch. A peace offering.)
Needle Felted Tachikoma. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. …Revealing the exact why is just a further measure of my insanity.
It took a lot longer than I’d anticipated, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult. I think that means I win, right? I’d considered making the, er, rear bigger, but then I kind of liked how it looked when I was at this stage and left it there. They’re allowed to be individuals now, you know.
So there’s another little exchange going on between the fabulous Schala-Kitty and myself. Since I already made her a kitty... shouldn’t I make her a Schala? Well, made sense to me.
Another interesting beaded pendant test. Yay learning techniques! That I have to teach myself. That I have to learn I actually need in the first place. Mother of invention or something. Point being, SUCCESS and LEARNING!
(I am willing to take commissions for pixel pendants, by the way. You know, just so everyone’s aware.)
Who wouldn't love a tiny little Tachikoma looking out for them? I did not plan this. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it every time. I just saw the back bead, which happened to be next to the round bead, and... yeah. I refuse to try and explain how much of a pain it was to get the wire to work exactly like I wanted it to, but I succeeded and it's over now and that seems really important. And, well, Tachikoma!
So I had the little Tachikoma, right? Surely that was over and i could get back to other things. ...And then somehow the idea of making a whole necklace for it happened, and... I don't know. I went through my beads, and there was this utterly gorgeous blue agate that worked perfectly. So. Yes. That's several more hours of my life, putting that thing together. I do hope it's worthy of the Major herself.
(Ghost in the Shell and Tachikomas belong to Masamune Shirow, Production I.G, and probably a lot more people and companies that I fail to realize. Some day I will have a Motoko action figure. Some day.)
So I had a silly little idea that I might make a simple little 1-Up mushroom bracelet. ...Plans changed, as they do. I'd been experimenting with double-sided bracelets and wanted to try to put a Poison mushroom on the back of this, because... I'm weird like that? It turned out better than I expected for the style I used, I think, and then I went and made that little "mushroom button" as a clasp. I think it looks like rough-hewn old pewter, but maybe it's more "gunmetal". Whatever, it works.