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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 Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is great. I'm actually just about to start making one of my own. :) Cool design.
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?
nevergetfooledagain 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:
nevergetfooledagain 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:
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.
nevergetfooledagain 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
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.
oh my god!!??!?!? why didn't i fave this?
nevergetfooledagain Jul 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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