How to make Beaded Spiders

Spiders on crazy quilts traditionally mean good luck. I was poking about the net and found some instructions on how to make wired spiders that look like they would sit in the top corner of a crazy quilt and be right at home. 

I discovered this great tutorial written by Shawkl which uses 2 beads for the body and has the legs emerging from the middle.

This video demonstrates how to make a beaded spider using wire, glass seed beads, bugle beads and one large bead.  Thanks goes to Kay Shaltha Whitlow who filmed and demonstrated the technique.

Also there is a full round up of tutorials online on how to make wire and bead spiders presented in the Beading Gems Journal 

These are a great way to use up larger beads that are odd which I seam to accumilate. If there are two often I can use them in ear rings but a large single bead can pose a challenge. 


Charge your phone while shopping

This environmental consciousness solar powered hand bag looks like it is covered  in contemporary beading.

Normally the solar panels are a single flexible thin sheet but the designers of the DIFFUS Solar Handbag have 100 smaller solar cells on the bags surface. These look like fashionable oversized sequins.

The bag is integrated with solar cells so you can charge your mobile phone or laptop while out and about.

Read about the design process and philosophy on the Diffus blog and details are on the Diffus design website.

Thanks to Giz Mag for the link

How to Store Seed Beads in Plastic Straws

This tutorial on how to Store Seed Beads in Plastic Straws looks to be an economical and compact method of storing small quantities of different seed beads. It would also be an attractive way to package a gift to a fellow beader.

Next time I have to travel anywhere I am going to try it. I figure the jiggling my travel habits give, will test this type of container to the limit. That said it not only appears to be an economical way of storing seed beads but you can see how much you have of what colour and what size they are.