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Delikat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 8:49 pm    Post subject: Why do you make beads? Reply with quote

I'm really curius, how come you folks started making beadworks? Surprised
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With me, one day i had this idea of making Super Mario out of lego, and it came out great Very Happy so i made more stuff out of lego, then got curious and looked around the internet for something similar, then i stumbled apon Hamabeads which looked perfect, i also stumbled on http://www.insertcredit.com/features/beads/ which made it offical for me that i could do such a thing, and that other people have trial and tested the same thing and got awsome results Very Happy i ordered crap loads of beads off ebay and im still making the dame things.

its not really an addiction as i dont make them every second, i like get in a mood to do it every 2 weeks or so average. its just nice and relaxing, switch the brain off for a while...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started when I got some beads as a present a few years ago, I just made patterns and stars and things then. Last year I found all of my beads and thought, "Why don't I make something more interesting than patterns and stuff?"
I tried making a person, and I failed. Horribly. Then I realised that I could use it to recreate sprites, because one of the boards I had was square-shaped. I tried making a few small things, and then I stumbled across Wolfinteens' work on deviantART. It all grew from there Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:04 pm    Post subject: Why do you make beads? Reply with quote

Well, about a year and a half ago I got an idea to make a sprite comic... when I was searching for sprite sheets I stumbled upon a Laharl (the main character) in beads... And fell in love with the idea of recreating sprites in everyday things. And I swore to recreate the Laharl in bottlecaps... I collected all sorts - from soda to beer to any bottlecap in a color I didn't have... Then I realized that despite my greatest effort, that beads (even though I had to order them online) was much easier...

Whew... so, to make a long story short, I like to recreate my favorite video game sprites in a medium that I have grown to love... and now that there is a place where people can enjoy them too it'll make me more active as well... Plus it's relaxing just listening to music and making a sprite...

I got a deviantART account yesterday, so as soon as I can borrow my friends digital camera, I'll post up my sprites...

-Zaghrenaut
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fcw3



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It keeps me from eating late at night... Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a regular at one of the large retro-gaming forums, and one of the members there posted about making sprites out of beads. I'm a big, big fan of the NES, so I checked out some details on the materials and headed out to the store to get some. It's just built from there. My account on dA brought me here.

I'm not really good at building my own sprites from scratch, It's a talent that I just don't have. So I've scoured the web, looking for sprites to games I enjoy or have enjoyed in the past.

I've gotten into the beads pretty heavily. After starting out with four mixed buckets, of which three still remain unsorted, I've found an outlet on eBay to secure individual colors. I've been on the hunt for different manufacturers, hoping to find different shades. I've got so many beads.

But yeah, that's about it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 8:46 pm    Post subject: Why do you make beads? Reply with quote

I have to concur, the sorting of anything is tedious and just plain annoying... I have found multiple ebay stores that have specific colors, some have better shipping prices, personal message me if you want to know the dirt...

I'm currently doing alot of research on to where to find ALL of the available colors... I'll post when I have more info...

-Zaghrenaut
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Pirate Ken



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a hobby, then I found some people to buy some, so now it's a mix. Definitely still a lot of fun though.
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fergojisan



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife Sarah worked at a craft store about 10 years ago, and she got me into sprite crafting. I started with cross stitching, and that craft actually helped me complete my Atari 5200 collection. Smile Then she brought home Perler beads for me, and I was hooked. It goes a lot faster and looks better than cross stitching! I started out making magnets, mostly from 8 bit stuff; all the smaller characters were encased in a square border. I sold a lot of these magnets to my fellow video game collectors back then. Later I figured out how to make little Perler props for the figures to stand up, and I did a lot of those. Just last year I got into Mosaic tile for a bit, and I've also wanted to try yarn with plastic canvas. I haven't made new Perler bead sprites in years, but damn, finding this forum makes me want to try. I've always wanted to do a Sinistar.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, it goes WAAAAAAAY back...
Over 20 years, in fact lol

Back in (hmm... maybe I shouldnt say exactly lol) 1980 I got hooked on Arcade Gaming and computing... My first computer was an Oric Atmos 48k a few years later...
So I learned to make little coloured shapes move about with some CRAP assembly language routines... My mates didnt understand why I was always up until 4am messing about with a computer, so I made some pictures on squared paper with felt-tip pens from some games I had.... All of a sudden, it was cool to do '8bit art' (8-color art, even!).. That was the start of it for me...

Mucked about with lego and that silly foam stuff that you cut out... made some more pics...
Early 90's. Knew a guy that made custom tile mosaics for rich people's bathrooms.. By then I had an Amiga 1200 and Deluxe Paint.
Made some cool sprite mosaics out of tiles. (one inch square tiles, I hasten to add!).. Turrican sprites.. Deluxe Galaga sprites.. Trolls sprites... Wizball (C64) sprites.. Back then, it was easy to get hundreds of shades of tiles as my mate had a direct supplier in Spain who specialised in tile mosaics..

Work and life changes sort of took me away from creativity, but never computing or gaming.. Now I got kids. With BEADS! lol... First thing I thought on Christmas Day when my daughter showed me her HAMA BEAD KIT was .... " hmm... let's make some sprites....".

I done a random google for "hama bead sprites" and it led me to this site. Until that moment, I thought I was the only geek left on the planet lol!
I've made a few sprites with HAMAs beads, nothing spectacular yet.
It's an exercise in relaxation from a busy job and life. I've no desire to be the "BEAD SPRITING CHAMPION" of '08 or anything. Just for fun.
I've now got all the HAMA shades and trying to get some Perler shades in the UK. And a few more Pegboards!
Once I've recolored my Rydia image, and get some free time, I'll have a nice 90x90 sprite to show off.

Loving this site, loving the geekiness, and loving seeing others keeping the retro scene alive in such a wonderful way.

Tel xx
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its kinda funny actually

this pixel art idea ive had for quite a while now
i thought it would be cool to have a physical version
of nintendo sprites.

so my idea was to try and use lego. which after reseaching
costs ENTIRELY way to much money. plus near impossible to color match

then my idea was buy some wood from a hardware store
and chop it up into 1inch x 1inch x 1inch cubes.
and painting the cubes accordingly.

this idea wasnt as expensive as the lego but, once i got
into the paint and tons of colors. it did.

then one day i was screwing around deviant art and happened to find
some ones bead sprites, which lead me to this site

and here i am. addicted like a heroine addict, needing to get my sprite fix
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw other bead sprites from videogames and I just had to do it too.

Now my home is covered in them
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