It has happened again. I was wandering the aisles of Barnes and Noble (yes, bookstores do still exist), and I found a craft book that I was compelled to buy. It was Bead Bugs by Amy Kopperude. When I find books like these they invariably add to my list of random skills, which I am hoping will one day coalesce into some sort of monetizable activity, but this has not yet happened. See my posts “It’s Every Sock’s Dream to Become a Sock Doll” and “I Stole My Daughter’s Present and Made Art With It” to get an idea of the wide range of my incredible talents.
So I bought the book and brought it home. I already had a few bins of beads and wire tools, as I make jewelry occasionally. And can you believe it, the Gem and Jewelry Show made its way to San Diego just a few weeks after I bought the book. So my son Sam and I (check out his cool blog on my blog roll) went to the show, picked up even MORE beads and some wire, and I got to work. In the book I bought the artist was diligent about keeping her bugs on the realistic side. I wasn’t really, and I blame my son. He insisted we buy these glass beads shaped like cheeseburgers, and then when I asked him what kind of spider he wanted me to make for him he replied, “A cheeseburger head spider”.
Some pics of my creations are below. I also happened to buy some glass owl beads at the show, and there happened to be a project with an owl in cage in my new book that I adapted for my owl beads. It came out wonderfully.
There are a few take home lessons from this blog post.
1. You may think you have enough beads, but you never really do.
2. I’m pretty sure cheeseburger head spiders don’t exist, but they should. Wanna hear my joke? What do cheeseburger head spiders eat? French flies. Oh yeah, I’ve still got it…
3. If brick and mortar book stores disappear, serendipitous finds like my bug book won’t happen nearly as often, and I won’t be able to continue to add skills like Bead Bugger to my resume of life.