I suppose this will be a great place to post my first thread...I'm crafty to the max. I try and hit as many interesting mediums: painting, drawing, button making, crochet, sew, cross stitch, stitching in general, composite re-purposing of anything...etc...bu
t one of my favorite mediums to work in is Perler Beads. I think my first exposure was in elementary school or girl scouts, but Perler Beads are simple enough to explain...
you know...those melty beads.
A while back I saw a guy on Kickstarter.com who was creating the entire Simpson's town of Springfield in all Perler Beads and I was intrigued. What else could I do with Perler Beads? Well, I started thinking up 8 bit projects I could make and then realized there's a whole community of it! I even met a fellow Perler Bead crafter when I went to San Fran's APE Expo!
I've made many creations, including a huge poster reproduction for Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage and Paul & Storm's "w00tstock'. Original artwork done by rstevens of www.DieselSweeties. com
. But this one is by far my personal favorite project.
I couldn't afford a nice birthday gift for my son...his birthday falls on Jan 8th. We're usually tapped out after Christmas, but we make sure to get him something. This year...tapped out to the max. A pipe exploded in the basement, I delayed my car payment for Christmas gifts...so it's all hitting us at the same time. Instead of running out to spend a ton of money on a present (which what he wanted was pricey) I let him know that I was going to be making something a bit more epic than what he wanted. He wanted Chaos Emerald reproductions (basically gigantic glass diamonds in the colors of the Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos Emerald colors). These cost between $10-$20 a piece and there's 7 colors. YOWZAH!
Instead, I made this:
If anything, he can put those Chaos Emeralds IN the box when we can afford them for him. I know him...he's not one of those kids who hates homemade presents...in fact...he's always asking me to make him custom stuff. I crochet him a Sonic Chao Doll for Christmas because I couldn't afford to buy the Japanese one that was rare-hard-to-find. He loved it!
I'm contemplating crocheting him a Doctor Who Raggedy Doctor doll. A simple small one. I can probably whip one up before Saturday. If I can get this damned housecleaning done. Blargh.