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Beaded Lighter Case by nevergetfooledagain Beaded Lighter Case by nevergetfooledagain
As an added bonus, the new cam lets me finally show you my first love--beadwork. :) The style used here is called "peyote stitch", and it's one of my favorites. The beads are laid like bricks, in alternating, offset rows. It's very work-intensive, though, as each bead has to be placed individually, and size does matter--if they're not all very nearly identical, it throws the rows off. By the way, the two missing beads in the pattern were an accident...they're called "ghost beads", and I was about to tear them out when a friend told me not to, it was a message from the spirits, and it would be bad luck. I know exactly which spirit it was that made that happen, too--I was working this the night my mom died. :heart:
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angelus13 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is great. I'm actually just about to start making one of my own. :) Cool design.
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TastyOne Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
I've been thinking about doing one of this as a gift for a friend, but I'm not sure how to do the bottom so it doesn't fall out. Any tips/tutorials you'd be willing to share?
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nearly forgot - if you need any more help, feel free to note me - I'd be happy to walk you through any rough spots via MSN or equivalent. :thanks:
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TastyOne Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
:hug: thanks
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely! :aww: If you look closely at the bottom, you'll see the yellow... it's a piece of leather, cut to fit. I usually put the bottom of the lighter on whatever scrap I'm planning to use and draw around it. It also has an advantage in setting the rows and the tension. Just remember to set the first row (usually 21 beads for a standard Bic) with enough space between each bead to set the second row! It's going to take some practice to get it right - but it's such a beautiful stitch, it's worth it. Good luck, hope I helped! :hug:
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TastyOne Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Damn, I'm making it for a vegetarian and I know she'd be appalled to have a piece of leather on it. I might try to do fabric. Did you just glue it to the beads? I've also seen similar pieces on etsy that are very clear there is no bottom, that friction keeps the lighter in place. The other thing i've considered is getting a zippo and gluing the beads to the zippo...I'm ranting now, thanks for the help.

I've done peyote stitch before, and for my first row, I make the beads touching, then for the next row I skip every other bead, so in the first two rows of beading, you actually get three rows of beads. I find it a lot easier than trying to estimate what's how many go on a row.
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabric would also work... I made one with a mountain scene on it (unfortunately long since disintegrated) using a piece of denim for the bottom. I actually sew the beads to the bottom, which solves the whole spacing issue!

Gluing the beads to a Zippo probably won't work, unless you have access to better glue than I've ever seen. :P Too much handling, sweat, etc. would be my guess. Friction IS an option... you might consider some sort of elastic thread for the top and bottom? Possibly even some further in, just to give it a bit more grip. Though I'm not sure if that would be an option... seed beads are notoriously hard to thread anyway, and the elastic thread available may just be too big, when you consider it having to go through each bead twice.

And now you have me thinking about digging out Ye Olde Bead Box... I'll be sending you the bill for the optometrist, after I rip my eyes out in frustration. :P Happy beading! :D
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TastyOne Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
I'm trying to do it with friction, if that doesn't work I'll sew in a piece of fabric to hold it. Thanks for all the help!

As for the zippo incident, it sounds like you need to know about thistothat [link] . You select two materials and it tells you the glue that will best hold them together.

Please don't send me the bill...I'm a poor college student :fear:. Also if you use delicas, you don't have to sort the beads, they're more expensive, but I feel it's worth it.
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buttonater Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006
oh my god!!??!?!? why didn't i fave this?
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
oh, and i almost forgot, the case is beautiful also lol. i love your choice of colours. but your hands must have been sooo cramped by the time you were done. i make one necklace and my thumb hurts from holding the thread.
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Try loom beading. Otherwise known as, "Arthritis and Insanity in a Box". :rofl: Oh, and thanks. :P :glomp:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
hahaha! i was looking at some looms in this beading/jewelry catalog that i get, and it's got me stumped. i haven't actually tried it though. maybe if i had the money and was more skilled.
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG, let me guess...you get the Tandy catalog. :shakefist: A little trick for you...if you get the super cheap loom that looks like a big looped wire...you can cut it in half, and hammer the ends into any handy board you have laying around. :D I may be bringing mine back out, soon, by the way--there's this birthday coming up in October, you see...:blush: :aww:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
nuh uh. not tandy ;) hehehehe. it's this catalog that i found online, Fire Mountain Gems, and they're kind of expensive so i have yet to order anything from them lol. but i'm saving up because i designed a necklace from their stuff that i really can't wait to get started on. but you've got me thinking about looms now...i may have to add one to my list of things to waste money on.....damn you!!!
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know you love me. :D :glomp:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2006
dammit you figured me out.
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
..........you do beadwork? and the similarities just keep on comin', huh? lol. but seriously, i have a passion for jewelry and beading and anything crafty like that. but mainly jewelry and beads. but i'm just getting started, as far as "life's passion" goes. it seems there is a lot to be learned from you. =)
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be fair, I've had a LOT longer to work on this. :D And I have a funny feeling you'll be catching up soon. :aww: :hug:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2006
i hope so. jewelry is the only thing that can hold my attention for long periods of time. i've been told many times that i have ADD lol.
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good thing they didn't have that when I was a kid, or I would have been on worse drugs than the ones I found on my own. :giggle:
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ShadowsOfSoliloquy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006
lmao! wooow i didn't realize looms were that bad lol.
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FirstDayOfMyLife Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006
That's lovely :jawdrop: Must've taken aaages!
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D A couple of hours, is all--but I've had a lot of practice. ;P Thank you so much... :hug:
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Rushy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006
Looks like a lot of time & love went into it too.
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: :aww: I miss doing this, actually, but to be honest, it's gotten really hard to focus on anything that tiny. :hmm: I really should see about some glasses, I think... :smooch:
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Spamuel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006   Writer
trescool, jennie! :) -- melikes.

More poetry though. There is never enough. :)
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nevergetfooledagain Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's coming, no worries. :D 'Tis very cool, though, to be able to finally show something I'm so proud of. :aww: :hug:
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