Arts and Crafts: For Whom The Bell Tolls

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre of the picture in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners.

Articles to read before I begin:
~Neurowonderful: Ask an Autistic #6 – What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks? by Amythest Schaber
~Autism Women’s Network: Is Autism Speaks a Hate Group? by Amy Sequenzia
~The Caffeinated Autistic: Why I am Against Autism Speaks (and you should be, too)
~My Autistic Point of View: April is Autism Awareness Month, Autism Acceptance and #RedInstead

One of the problems with working in Retail is that you quickly lose your faith in humanity, especially when you see people do questionable stuff in the name of profit. Take hot-cross buns, as far as I’m concerned, supermarkets and bakeries shouldn’t be selling them until at least March. But on January 1st, year after year, the supermarket I work at has hot-cross buns ready to go at 06:00 am when the store opens.

The first day of the year, the Christmas season has only just finished and yet, the desire to shove Easter in our faces is clearly a temptation some corporations clearly can’t resist. Now, you could blame the customer for buying in the product, after all no one is forcing them to buy hot-cross buns on January 1st, but my experience with customer service has taught me that convenience is the key.

Unless the customer has come in for a specific item for a specific purpose, if the product isn’t there on the shelf, the majority of customers won’t bother, they only want the item because it’s right there. This is why, in my personal view, I feel that boycotting a product because the company displays unethical behaviour doesn’t achieve much in the long term.

Sure, it makes me feel better not to purchase items from Nestle (reasons why here) or Lindt (reasons why here). But the reality is that I know that by the end of the Easter period all those chocolate bunnies and chickens are going to be sold and consumed, and there’s not much I can do to stop them.

I understand that boycotting and choosing to abstain from certain companies and items is the only form of protest some people can participate in, this isn’t a judgement of that, I just dislike grappling with the feeling that I should be doing more.

Eventually, I got an idea, what if I could combine Neurodivergent traits like crafting and hoarding with those little bells that accessorise the chocolate Lindt rabbits and chickens and use them as part of a beaded lanyard? Behold!

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black elastic, with four different types of beads (hourglass, pearl, acrylic, transparent) displayed in nine colour-variations of beads (light pink, dark pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of lavender coloured elastic with with four different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, hourglass) displayed in variations of purple with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin's egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of robin’s egg blue coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, pearl, glittery, hourglass) displayed in variations of light blue with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a blue-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of pink coloured elastic with with five different types of beads (acrylic, transparent, hourglass, glittery, pearl) displayed in variations of light pink and dark pink with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter in between each group of beads, with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.
Image Description: from right to left, a chrome key-ring and lobster-claw clasp, attached to the key-ring is small gold-coloured bell. Also attached to the key ring is a long beaded lanyard made of black rat-tail cord with eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), a transparent-glittery-star-bead with gold glitter, another group of eight pearl beads (pink, red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue and purple), with a pink-glittery-star-bead with silver glitter as a stopper at the end.

So while I’m aware this might be a bad idea, if I had to pick one, I’d probably pick the last one. I love pearl beads and rainbows and that covers both. It also might not be obvious from the picture but the pearl rainbow lanyard is slightly shorter than the other ones, which I’ll admit are ridiculously long. I bought the black rat-tail cord off Ebay, I paid AU $2.00 in shipping fees (the seller is UK-based), but I honestly didn’t care. I’ve noticed the black rat-tail cord is thinner than the black rat-tail cord Kim obtained for me from Lincraft, but I felt this worked for me, the hot-pink wrap-tail cord I bought is too thick for me to use with my current collection of beads, which is super frustrating.

So what do readers think? Are the bells a good addition? Or just another one of my shitty ideas? I would offer to sell these and donate the profits to AWN or ASAN, but seeing as my Diverse Books Giveaway didn’t really take off (who had thought it would be difficult to tempt Australian and New Zealand book bloggers with free stuff?), I’m beginning to think I’m not as persuasive as I thought. Let me know what you think in the comments section down below.

Arts and Crafts: It’s A Beadiful Life

Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners
Image Description: a title-post picture with the words Arts and Crafts written in the centre in rainbow word-art with a clip-art picture of a red rose in each of the corners

This post is going to be about my progress on making the beaded jewellery/beaded fidget items for my giveaway. I still have a ways to go yet, but my progress thus far has been successful.

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In the photo, there are two compartments empty: red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads.

Maybe it’s just me, but there is something indescribably frustrating about those two empty slots, for most people, they probably wouldn’t even notice. But it bothered me, so I hunted high and low via Ebay for red pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads (with some additional trial and error), but finally, I found them. I now have a complete rainbow! Behold!

Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it's more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads
Image Description: a Jarvis Walker worm-proof lure-box with adjustable compartments. There’s four compartments down and six compartments across. The six across compartments are sorted by colour (red, orange, yellow, green, light blue and dark blue). The four compartments down are sorted by type of bead (acrylic, transparent, pearlized, and matte hour-glass shaped beads). In this photo, the are two empty compartments mentioned in the previous photo have been filled with cranberry-red (it’s more of a dark red really) pearlized beads and light blue pearlized beads

Mwuhahahahah! Nothing can stop me now, except my terrible sense of organisation and procrastination tendencies, however, moving on… As I’ve completed my rainbow collection of beads, I’ve been able to make my Rainbow Beaded Lanyards (links below):

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards

~Arts and Crafts: Beaded Lanyards Part 2

I’ve also been able to make my larger Bead Bracelets for the Zipper-lanyards (pictures below):
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.
Image Description: A verticle picture of three 50 cm ring-binders from Daiso with beads. The first ring has red-themed beads, the second ring has blue-themed beads and the third ring has green-themed beads. The bead pattern is acrylic, transparent, pearl, hour-glass, glittery star-bead, hour-glass, pearl, transparent, acrylic.

Here’s a picture of the red and blue bead-bracelets attached to the zipper-lanyards:
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.
Image Description: The red-themed bead bracelet from the previous picture is attached to a red and yellow zipper-style lanyard and the blue-themed bead bracelet is attached to a blue and red zipper-style lanyard.

I’ve also made Bead Ring Necklaces. Here’s pictures of the rings:
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.
Image Description: two silver 30 cm binder-rings from Daiso with green beads on them. From left to right, the first ring has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green. The second ring has the following beads: transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green.

Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue
Image Description: there are four silver 30 binder-rings from Daiso in the picture. The top two are red themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first top ring has the following beads:  transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The second top ring has the following beads: transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red. The bottom two are blue themed bead-rings, from left to right, the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue. The second bottom ring has the following beads: the first bottom ring has the following beads: transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue.

The hardest part of the Bead Ring Necklace was the little loops that go between the key-ring/split-ring and the rat-tail cord. In my case, I used black rat-tail cord for one set of necklaces, but I had to use Rainbow String I purchased from Lincraft for the second batch of necklaces, and I must confess, I do like the coloured string.

I’m just so glad I could find a use for the Rainbow String (I was super disappointed I couldn’t use it make beaded lanyards – no friction for sliding and I have a feeling I would eventually pull the beads past the knot at the end). Here’s pictures of the finished Bead Ring Necklaces:

Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).
Image Description: three bead-ring necklaces on black rat-tail cord with four chrome loops in between the rat-tail cord and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, glittery-red, acrylic red, transparent red), a blue themed bead-ring necklace (light-blue, acrylic light-blue, pearlized light-blue, acrylic light-blue, transparent light-blue) and a green themed bead-ring necklace (transparent light-green, acrylic light-green, pearlized green, acrylic light-green and transparent light-green).

Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue)
Image Description: two bead-ring necklaces on a red Rainbow String and a dark-blue Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. From left to right, a red themed bead-ring necklace (transparent red, acrylic red, pearlized cranberry-red, acrylic red, transparent red) and a blue themed bead-ring necklace (transparent dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, pearlized dark-blue, acrylic dark-blue, transparent dark-blue).

Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green
Image Description: one bead-ring necklace on a green Rainbow String with four chrome loops in between the Rainbow String and the key-ring/split ring. The bead-ring necklace has the following beads: transparent green, acrylic green, pearlized green, acrylic green, transparent green.

I’ll be going into Footscray and Daiso on Thursday to pick up a few bits and pieces, I’ll need to wait for a few things to come in the mail (such as the strawberries – they take forever to arrive, but they’re worth the wait) and I should be set. I’m actually kind of surprised I’ve managed to make/obtain most of the prizes before the start of March. I expected to running around like a headless-chook through out March (and maybe a little into April if I’m being honest). It could all still go horribly wrong, but thus far, things are looking good.

Links:
Image Description: site header reading “Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts” featuring vector images of a green tape dispenser, a sewing needle, a sewing pin with a red head, a yellow measuring tape, a brown paintbrush, a light tan bandaid, an embroidered red flower and a blue and brown striped round plush thing that looks something like a bean bag.
~Abstruse Arcana Neurodivergent Arts and Crafts: Bead Ring Necklaces