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Arsenic and Old Lace by Ellygator Arsenic and Old Lace by Ellygator
(2010), 9"x 3", Size 15 seed beads (black, silver-lined chartreuse), black faceted crystal beads, nylon thread.

I really enjoyed making this wicked, Goth, poisonous confection! It's a perfect complement to any winter wardrobe..
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beadlust Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Love this!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you like it.
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EverNewBlowingWind Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Writer
Love every single one!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I really love this design...
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elderarc Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Works for Slytherin, too! It's beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, and definitely. In fact I think in green it does look a little more sinister...
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julipegas Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I love the combinations of solid beadwork and open areas, this piece really has a "lacy" feel. :heart: And the colors are gorgeous!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'd love to do something similar with black and red some time...
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Cayca Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've featured this piece here [link]
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Just left a comment there!
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s0yya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011   General Artist
I love this!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I really like how you joined the beaded links together.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The crystals really give the cuff a lot of stability, because the bead "bridges" are fairly narrow.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ooh. I'd love to have your graphing skills.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you - actually some of the credit has to go to my trusty bead software program, BeadTool 3. It makes things so easy!
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
What does it actually do?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, several things. Either you can open an empty bead template (woven, brick, peyote, stacked peyote), select the kind of bead you'll be using (all Miyuki,though) and it will furnish the appropriate color palette and SKU numbers for that set of beads (15s, 11s, delicas etc.) You can then use the drawing tool to draw the selected bead colors into the template making your own pattern from scratch.

Once you have a segment of a pattern, a cutting tool allows you to copy, paste, mirror or rotate that segment, so you can make a mirrored design or a repeating pattern very quickly.

Finally the tool allows you to import a jpg file with a drawing, photo etc., lay a template over it and then auto-translate the jpg file into a template. The computer will select the closest fitting bead colors for you. Usually you need to do some manual tidying up afterward, but it can really speed things up quite a bit.
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahh. The conversion tool sounds totally cool. I've sort of wanted one for a while, though I do very little beading from patterns. It's the making of the pattern, the inventing, that's my trouble.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's been so helpful - stuff like King Midas or Cthulhu Sushi were just pencil scribbles on a page, then I did the conversion, and the curvature of the swirls was so much better than what I would have drawn on an empty template...
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahh.
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theblackwillow Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the contrasting colours!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That green really pops against the black!
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im1happy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Ohhh I love this one so vingage looking:love: yehhha
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Definitely a spot of Victorian jewelry.
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im1happy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Yes indeed Love It:love:
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AlcinavomSteinsberg Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
And the title fits SO well! *g* Lovely piece!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I loved the mix of old-fashioned and lacy, but also just that little bit of edginess from the strong, almost neon-green.
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karracaz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another fantastic design.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am glad you like it!
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Lady-Almaren Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
This looks so badass. I don't know why but for some reason but it is. This looks so awesome.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I love Victorian with attitude!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
*jaw drop, followed by prostration* I am not worthy!!! Elly, my friend, this is was a superb and pleasant shock to find in my watch box. It's so different from your other bracelets, yet distinctly and undoubtedly you. The green an black are truly delicious together, and the colors make bold a delicately designed piece. Perhaps a matching choker would be a thought, with a triple chain on the sides like your Salamander pendant?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I actually had made this pattern ages ago with the black being silver and the light green being an opaque matte olive. The accent beads were peridot - and the damn thing was about 5 beads short of a proper circumference so it kept ripping, and I kept repairing it until finally in a fit of impatience I took a pair of scissors to it and recycled the whole damn lot.

Then of course I felt like remaking what I knew was essentially a worthy design, so I added a row of beads on each of the "bridge" points and to keep myself amused changed the colors around. The second attempt is I believe more successful.

I have been thinking of repeating it with other colors, but your suggestion of a choker is also a fun idea. It may even be feasible to cut the design down by about a half and really have it go all the way round the neck, like a proper choker/collar.
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
If you intend for the bracelet and choker to be worn together, I would opt for a simpler band with maybe three of the ovals (one for the center, two at the sides) and a netting of the black accent beads connecting them, perhaps with a broad black band for the rest of the neck. But that's just what popped into my head when I saw the bracelet--no doubt your muse can improve upon that thought!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That might work, especially if one uses some "beadmagic" elasticized stringing thread for the back of the choker so it sits snug against the skin without really choking one...
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
That would certainly give it a more interesting texture than just a broad, black ribbon.

Regarding Sinbad, both my pirate and I seem at a loss for how to get a screen cap on the computer, which will save a blank image despite our following directions correctly. So soon as we've gotten the e-gremlins out of the way, I'll have a picture for you!

FYI, your box is my weekend project, provided that Nefertiti and Vlad's portraits (a la "Rasputin's" style) go as quickly as anticipated.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, see, that's my problem, too, with the new DivX I have. Not sure why, I've tried to hit Google for stills, but no luck so far, it doesn't even come up with the right movie most times - I didn't realize there was so much other Sinbad around out there...
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
>I didn't realize there was so much other Sinbad around out there...

*smile* I suspect that's because you've dedicated less of your brain capacity and time to odd/old movies than I have! That's what I get for being raised watching Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, among other esoteric things.

No worries about finding a still. If worse comes to stubbornness, I'll pause the movie and sketch the pendant myself. We'll see what the weekend brings!
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Glacier-Grrl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
now THAT is awesome. :) i looove chartreuse. and that is just out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so happy you like it! The color has a great energy and intensity - it's a square hole Matsuno with plenty of sparkle.
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aymnelgwady Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
great , i like it so much
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Probably one of those patterns I'd use again for another project.
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aymnelgwady Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
u should , it's awesome.
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polarbear53 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Yes, another one added to my favourites! lol! How do you ever find the time to do all the lovely things you make! And design them as well! I know ... you've got one of those time thingies that Hermione had, so you can be in two places at once ... gotta be the answer! :D
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yes, a time-turner for Christmas, now that would be the thing!

Truth is, that average time that the statistical American is spending glued to the tube - I do spend that time, but I have a beany-tray with beads on my lap and I only pay attention to what's on screen if stuff blows up...
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aknesaknes Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Beatifull!!!:)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really enjoyed working with this intense green.
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SDLangille Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, so beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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