Saturday, January 26, 2013

Peyote Cthulhu

While I was still in Creepmas mode I got a few new ideas for next year.  This isn’t one of them, but if it wasn’t for them and a bunch of leftover beads from a necklace, this would never have been created.

The head was created using a flat odd-count peyote stitch.  If you are not familiar with odd-count peyote, this is a great video.  The tentacles are created using the curl stitch shown here.

I used size 15 seed beads because that’s what I had on hand, but any size will work as long as all the beads are the same size. The finished size is about one inch by 2.5 inches from the top of his head to the tip of his tentacles. 

This is a first for me writing beading instructions, I hope they are clear and that you not only find them useful, but are able to keep your soul intact after completing them.  

I have to thank Shala Kerrigan for providing free graphpaper and the people at Inkscape for providing an awesome free program which I used to make beading diagrams.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

I call this one Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, partly because I like the book, but mostly because it’s a catchy title, and for me conjures up images, albeit misplaced, of Eve being tempted by a serpent in the Garden of Eden.

I still think they could have come up with a better story than a talking snake. Why not a cuddly bunny or a baby panda? Who can resist a baby panda? A lot of the women I know, and more than a few of the men for that matter, would run away screaming if they came across a snake, let alone stop to chitchat. Although as much as I love snakes and bunnies I'm not sure how I'd feel if either one of them started talking to me. Then again this necklace wouldn’t work with a baby panda…unless I did it in black and white…

Back to the subject at hand, the vines and flowers were all done freehand, but I found how to create Russian leaves here. If seeing the actual bead work step by step works better for you, here is another good tutorial. I love Russian leaves. Do yourself a favor and google images, they come in so many beautiful flavors.

This has all been an elaborate intro for my next post, because for a year and half I’ve sat on the leftover green beads from this project. Whatever could it be? I'll give you a hint it's not Kermit the Frog, other than that you’ll just have to wait and see.