A Demon of a Good Time

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Hello Sunday readers!

This week we are at MAGfest! The Music and Gaming Festival that takes place at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD is one of our favorite events of the year. It includes non-stop gaming, fabulous music, and wonderful geeky camaraderie. Every year has a different theme and this year’s is Castlevania so I figured we could take a look at some cool, appropriately themed crafts.

Many of the results of my search ended up on fuse bead art, which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you have a rather large fuse bead color stash.

You can find the tutorial for this one at Cut Out and Keep!

You can find the tutorial for this one at Cut Out and Keep!

But I like to mix things up a bit and my first craft of choice has always been stitching. Hence, my love for this Castlevania stitched coaster from the Sprite Stitch Forums:

I haven't tried my hand at needlepoint in quite a while so maybe it's time to give it a whirl.

I haven’t tried my hand at needlepoint in quite a while so maybe it’s time to give it a whirl.

Or, for the more ambitious, this Pixel Hobby Dracula by Deviant Art user EveningEmma is super amazing:

That took a lot of dedication and patience!

That took a lot of dedication and patience!

Or if you are into the cosplay scene, this combat cross prop made by Deviant Art user weaselhammer would complete any Belmont clan costume:

To smite the shiny demons and vamps!

To smite the shiny demons and vamps!

I have a lot to work to do if I am to build up my collection of evil-bashing art, so I guess I better get onto it.

Stay crafty!

Laura


More Amazing 3D Fuse Bead Art

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In the past, Nicole brought to you the wonderful world of 3D fuse bead art (click here for full post). In the convention circuit, I’ve run a across quite a few fuse bead artists but not many that deal in 3D creations. I have to say that when I first spied the Pixel Visions booth across the crowded aisles of artists alley, my breath stopped for a moment. Truly, this Metroid was taking fuse beads to the next level:

Whatever you do, don't let it out!

Whatever you do, don’t let it out!

Erin, the artist, has the most wonderful eye for colors, texture, and placement. Her pieces seem to be ready to leap right off of the table, like the Cheep Cheep in her fish bowls.

We're going to need a bigger bowl!

Flying fish, ahoy!

She uses a mixture of Perler and Hama beads to achieve all of the tiny details in her bead sculptures. For instance, I have seen quite a few “fairy in a bottle” crafts but none done with fuse beads until now:

Hey! Look at those itty bitty beads!

Hey! Look at those itty bitty beads!

The level of depth and shading is enhanced by the layers she painstakingly assembles by hand. I have to give her a ton of credit for her ironing skills alone! Even her potted plants are raised to epic levels:

All it's missing is a little floating Kirby.

All it’s missing is a little floating Kirby.

If you would like to view more or purchase some of this wonderful art, Pixel Visions can be found on their website, Facebook, or Patreon.

~Laura