Sunday, January 07, 2007

Crafty Project Time

Lovely Necklace Model, originally uploaded by Mr Atrocity.

I had a plan to make Tinseltroos a more practical necklace than the ginormous one I made for her birthday. As we're both Zelda fans of many years I thought it would be fun to use some of the smaller game graphics as a design for making a bead necklace. What I did was find a picture I liked:

Then I found as many small beads in as close to the right colours as I could and then threaded lines of the right arrangement of beads onto thin silver wires with a loop at the top so each wire made one vertical line of pixels. I soldered the bottoms of the wire to stop the beads falling off. I then threaded the completed rows of beads onto a silver bar that I looped the ends of with needle-nosed pliers before soldering on the straps. I'm really quite pleased, I think it looks pretty and it's very Tinseltroos. The lady herself is now modeling the finished result.

I have plans to make others with Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser and so on for other friends of mine. If anyone's interested in a more fulsome explanation of how I did it then leave a comment and I'll write a better how-to. It's all very straight-forward really, though. The fun part is that each line can swing independently so often you can't tell exactly what the pattern is. Every once in a while though they'll line up and you can see that it's Link.

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