View Full Version : Beads (xxxHOLiC Manga costume)

04-25-2006, 12:37 PM
You may have noticed my avatar--that's my half finished Yuuko Ichihara bead costume from the third volume of the manga. ( http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0345471814.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg SHOULD show up, if not just click on the cover here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345471814/sr=8-1/qid=1145986052/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-0210326-9435209?%5Fencoding=UTF8 ) I am finally getting off my butt and finishing this beast, but I need some help.

First of all, the beading string. I'm using some decently thick elastic wrapped in cotton and coated in black shiny stuff (if that gives you any idea... I'm impressed) but it broke at Otakon last year, sending beads EVERYWHERE. I'd like to avoid this. Any advice? I've been tying it and then sewing the knots so they stay closed, but I'm not sure that's the best idea.

Secondly, the tear-shaped beads (the yellow ones hanging from her headdress, and the large orange ones on the bodice). I've used pony beads for everything else, but I can't find plastic beads that come in those sizes or colors. Does anyone have a recommended website? I've already been to every craft store in my area and then some. >.<

If you have any other advice for this one, here is one (very crappy) photo of it from Otakon. Please be gentle and bear in mind that I was very sick that day so I look like hell... and yes, I KNOW I need a better wig. I am definetly going to get one before Otakon!


I do have more... but I look so sickly I really don't wanna upload 'em. >.<

I'm going to try to have this (and my matching Watanuki) done by Otakon of THIS year... so please look forward to it!


04-25-2006, 12:57 PM
I love Firemountain for my costume beads: http://www.firemountaingems.com/

Haven't done much bead stringing, but what you may want to do is knot the beads on. There are glues you can use to seal knots if needed, but haven't used them yet myself. There are tutorials and such around the Firemountain site, so you may want to look at those. There's got to be a million beads on that costume, so good luck!