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This is something I’ve been wanting to do for quiet a while, I’ve just had a hard time finding the proper colors.  I suppose it isn’t all that geeky either, but oh well!  I finally found the right colors (orange and maroon, DUH!) at a local place called Beadsburg.  It’s your typical beading place, but I didn’t even know it existed until recently.  Anyways, I knew that since it was near my school, they HAD to have our school colors and sure enough they did.  So here are some of the creations I’ve made with these awesome colors.

I got two sizes, an 11/0 and an 8/0, in both orange and maroon.  I figured I would find something to do with both sizes, and sure enough I have! The first thing I made was some twisted orange and maroon bobby pins.  They’re quick and easy to make and something I’d actually use.  I also gave a pair to my cousin since she wants to go to Tech (she’s only like 7 too!).

I also have some large bobby pins, they’re much bigger than these, that I plan on using some of the bigger beads to do twisted or single color pins, I just haven’t had the time to do it yet.

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I’ve posted about this a bit before, but only two of the five coasters.  Here I wanted to fully show case the whole set of mushroom coasters.  I started with the red and green using mini (6.5mm) pony beads from Wal-mart.  I had orange (although I don’t like this color orange much) but I did not have blue or purple so I ordered them along with some more white and black (and glow in the dark!).  So anyways, here’s the full set, all the coasters together; red, green, blue, orange, and the purple poison mushrooms!  There are a LOT more pictures here, so please keep reading!

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My geek drink of choice is, of course, Mt. Dew.  I’m also a bit of a neat freak so I use coasters.  Even if you don’t use them they’d make a nice display for your geeky buddies who are over for your LAN party.

I believe I mentioned coming up with this idea a few posts back and I picked up a mix pack of mini pony beads.  I      used the same pattern from the large seed bead mushrooms I’ve been doing and it turned out to be the perfect size.   Here’s the green one I did.  These are a little flexible, but I think they’d work well as a coaster.

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Not real pins, but bobby pins!  I’ve seen a few videos on YouTube on how to do these, and my previous idea for bobby pins was a flop (flowers, but I couldn’t figure out how to attach them well).  Here’s the first one I made.  It’s very simple, just blue seed wrapped bobby pin, just a simple accent.

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I had a bunch of nice shapes of glass beads, some of which I’ve used in bookmarks, but I did find some that matched pretty well, so I thought I’d do earrings with them.  Sorry this isn’t the best picture in the world, but these are pretty simple earrings.  Red glass heart shaped beads and another circular shape with a few seed beads.   I was excited to make these because I got to use my magical crimping pliers for the first time!  So they’re not really that magical, but they do make a nice crimp in the crimp bead.

Here is the second pair of earrings I made.  Similar style, but with blue glass beads and a different shape accent bead, just happened to be what I had that matched.

If you like either of these, or anything else you’ve seen on my blog please look at my How to Order page.  Both of these items are unique and I can only make similar items if I can find the same shapes of beads again.  Thanks for reading and please keep posted for some more of the items I’ve been making lately (including some festive 4th of July earrings and more butterfly stuff!) and of course, future geeky projects.

In preparing for the yard sale, I’ve been trying to think of how to display my jewelry.  I don’t just want to through it out on a table or leave it in unattractive little ziploc bags.  So I thought that I might make my own jewelry stand.  However, as I was going to yard sales myself this past weekend I found this niffty little rack that I think will work pretty well.  It was originally gold, but my dad spray painted it with a chrome colored paint, I think it looks really good.  It looks like a coat hanger, but it’s less than a foot high.

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As I said last time I’ve been trying to make things I think will sell at our yardsale.  So I was looking through all my stuff and I have a bunch of larger glass beads.  I haven’t done much in the way of simple stringing, but the one idea that had occurred to me was to make cell phone charms with these beads.  This lead me to thinking of other things I can do, and I thought of making bookmarks, so I looked it up and lo-and-behold, people have done it before.  So I’m not that unique with that idea, but the few items I have made so far are petty unique, in that I don’t have many duplicates of these beads, if any.  It may be possible to find some, but there are no guarantees in being able to produce these items again.  Once they’ve been sold that’s it.  I will probably keep finding unique little glass beads and be able to make more, but like a snowflake, they’ll each be different.  Yeah that was a lame analogy, but whatever.

So, this is the first bookmark (or book thong, hehehe) that I made.  I realized after I made it I probably should have put the top heart on the other way, but oh well.  It still looks pretty good.  The seed bead portion is approximately 9 inches in length and is long enough to fit most sized paperback books, as I will show you in a minute.  I will be making some longer ones that will be able to fit larger hard backed books.

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So over the last few days I’ve been trying to put together things that I’ll be able to sell at the yard sale we’ll be having around the 4th of July.  I figured that most of our business will not be geeks, so I have been working on simple things, things that are easy to turn around a profit on.  One of the easiest things I’ve made so far is the covered bangle.  So I’ve made two more, in different colors.

Here is the dark green one I made, and I did make one change in that I used the clear fishing line like thread instead of regular sewing thread.  It actually worked out a lot better, I think, it seemed to hold tighter and of course you just don’t see the white thread.

And here is the second one I made, using a baby girl pink.

As usual, all items here are for sale, please see the information in the sidebar for purchasing info!  In addition, I will be putting up a link to my Etsy shop soon as well as adding a page for prices, perhaps changing the info in the side bar to a full page, we’ll see what I decide to do.

Today I thought I would talk about the supplies I use and have for creating my beadwork and where you could find them if you are interested.  I took a ton of pictures and I realized as I was uploading them and about to write this post, I forgot to photograph a few things, but it’s not that important, I’ll talk about them though.  Oh and I have figured out how to use my camera, well for the most part.  At least I’m getting it to focus better than it was!

So first, my typical work space.  I have a small travel beading box where I can keep a few colors of beads and all the other stuff and even parts of projects I’m working on.  It’s here where I keep my needles and some jewelry glue.  I use sharp needles, just seems to work better for me.  I do stab myself a lot, but I have very thick skin on my hands and don’t usually feel it.  I also have a small pair of scissors that fold up.  Also I use a bead mat, it’s a soft felty like material that helps keeps my beads in place when I’m working with them, such as here.  Red, white, and black seed beads are set out, I need to make another small red mushroom!  The silver thing is a bead scoop.  It makes it easier for getting beads in and out of the little compartments.  I didn’t get a picture of it but I have a giant spool of thread, just regular thread, it might be knitting thread.  I haven’t had any problems with it breaking unless I get a knot and am pulling on it too much.  I was having a lot of trouble with knots, but it’s been better since I started using this stuff called Thread Heaven.  It’s like a waxy stuff that actually puts a static charge on your threat and helps it stay apart (it basically repels from itself).  Some people also use regular wax, but I couldn’t find any.  Another key thing that’s in this case is a threader.  I am HORRIBLE at threading a needle, and these little things just make my life soooo much easier.  If you’re sewing or anything I highly recommend getting one if you haven’t been using one already.  This travel case has been very useful for me, if I want to take my work with me or something, just a nice little go-to box.  I believe I got it at Wal-Mart.  I’m sure Michaels would have some cases as well.

Typical Workspace

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Again, not geeky sorry, but I think it’s still pretty neat.   So I look through patterns and stuff online as well as get emails with free patterns occasionally.  I got an email one day with several patterns using brick stitch, which I hadn’t tried yet.  One of the patterns was called Round About, which used wire in the middle of a stitched together tube basically, so I thought I would try it around a bangle.  I found some at Wal-mart (pretty cheap, 18 for like 5 bucks) and got to work.

Brick stitch was one of the most frustrating things I’ve tried so far.  It took several attempts to get it working out right, but I finally got the hang of it.  And I think the result turned out very nice looking.  I used clear beads that were color lined (lined means the inside of the hole is coated).  I have a bunch of other bead mixes I want to use for this type including a solid pastel mix as well as a multicolored dark bead (the best way I can describe it is it looks like a wet oily spot in a parking lot).

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I'm a nerd, geek, dork, whatever you want to call me. I'm a big gamer(yep, I play WoW) which is where I get most of my inspiration for my work. I'm an Engineer and working on a Ph.D. If you have any special requests, questions, or comments, please email me at geekbeads@gmail.com.

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