Black Belt Beads

A martial artist's pixelated passion

Black Belt Beads - A martial artist's pixelated passion

Met Billy West!

Been a while since I’ve updated, so I’ve got a number of convention pictures to share, but first

I met Billy West!

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He was really cool, very nice and seemed genuinely appreciative. He was generous enough to pose with this custom beadsprite I made of some of the characters he voices in Futurama (From left to right on ABOVE picture: Professor Farnsworth, Phillip Fry, Zapp Brannigan, Zoidberg) and he even SIGNED it!

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I don’t know why the signature doesn’t show very well in the picture. In reality it shows just fine, it was a black sharpie.

Some more recent convention shots, you can see I’ve made a new Toon Link and Dynablade, among many other new pieces:

Meta Con 2013:
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Anime Fusion 2013:

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Since I’m posting, I might as well throw up a costume shot I’ve been holding on to:

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I got to hang out with many other Assassin’s Creed cosplayers who all had their own take on character costumes. The coolest part about cosplay is that everybody has a story to tell. Each person has their own unique tale of how they constructed their outfits, and most everybody wants to hear the stories from others! Very neat crowd!

And because this is a beadsprites website, here’s a bunch of new pieces:

Pac Pack
Pac pack

Serenity / Firefly
Serenity

Alucard, Castlevania
Alucard

Kirby on a feather
Krabby feather

Finn, Adventure Time
Finn

Jake, Adventure Time
Jake

X, dashing
Xdash

Large Toon Link
Toon Link

Paper Mario Boo
PMBoo

Poppy Bros Arin & JonTron Kirby
GGKirb

JonTron Grump
Never forget

Medium Ezio
Middle size Ezio

SMW, Cape
Mariocape

Journey, Transcendence Robes
TJ

Kirby in moon
Sleepy kirb

Small Zubat
smallzubat

Ness, Earthbound
Ness

Tiny Creeper, Minecraft
tiny creep

Mario w/tail
raccon

Classic small Mario
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And a few more happy customers:

frog man

Umbreon cake

Many more pictures, maybe someday I’ll get them all uploaded! Until next time!

Black Belt Beads <3 Karmin!

I’ve been following this little group for a few years now, so when a local radio station announced they were coming to town, my wife knew how cool it would be to go see them perform. She won VIP tickets to go meet Amy & Nick before their show, and I knew I had to bring them something to sign! Well, what else besides beads? I found an image of their logo online and made a custom sprite of it, then went to work making it real. The project took about 6 hours and has just over 5,600 beads.

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Here we are “back stage”

Amy
Any signs her name

Nick
Nick’s turn

We also got spots right in the front row for their show, which was awesome!

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Front row Amy & Nick!

Had a lot of fun and I’m extremely pleased to have this hanging in my house!

Done

CONvergence 2013

Our very first four day con, and only three days after our last con AND right smack in the middle of our move to our new place! What a busy weekend!

Still managed to find time to go around assassinating people
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and our booth was in an excellent place, right next to the only door in and out of the dealer’s room!

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CONvergence was a very different show than I’m used to, way busier, with more people and more stuff going on. Saw a lot of familiar friendly faces, though! Turns out, CVG2013 had about 7,000 guests! Some really interesting steampunk stuff going on, too, with many of the vendors selling their custom leather and brass gear. Just about every room on the second floor was a party room and there was even a taiko group that played, even though this isn’t an anime-specific convention. I really had a blast there, hope I can make it in again next year.

Things are starting to finally calm down a bit, and we JUST got internet access in our new place, so production should be starting up again very, very soon. Have to be ready for MetaCon and finish up the last of the commission orders!

Animinneapolis!

Welcome Animinni visitors! This year we were sort of tucked back in a little corner, but this worked out pretty well for us! We had quite a bit of wall space to display some of our larger pieces, and people loved them!

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We sat right across from Sonny Strait and saw a lot of familiar faces this year. Anyone who asked about custom orders, we’re going to get started on those pretty soon! Send me an email if you’ve got some questions or want anything made special!

ACen is over :(

We’re back home and unpacked from the largest convention we’ve ever attended, and it was exciting!

Special thank you’s to everyone who stopped over, very special thank you’s to those who bought something and VERY VERY special thank you’s to the many people who came over and told us that we were the best bead booth they’ve ever seen at any convention! There were at least nine other bead sellers at this convention alone, so that means a LOT!

 

We set up the biggest booth ever this time around, and we still didn’t have room to display many of our items for sale

 

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Was sad to see some of it go, but I know the art went to good homes.
Now back to work! Only 7 weeks until AniMinneapolis!

Anime Central 2013!

After packing everything in the car, driving several hours, checking into our hotel and setting up the booth we are finally ready at Acen! Come see us at booth #74!

Here’s a map of the Artist’s Alley side of the Hall, the blue booth is Black Belt Beads. This place is HUGE and there are a ton of vendors!

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How in the world…

…Did I forget to post this! I was so proud! This thing took 4 or 5 days to finish!

Reds house

This is Red/Ash’s house from the first Pokemon games!
I don’t even know how many beads this took, but it was quite a bit. Lots of hurt fingers when inserting the “grass” in the “yard”. It stands about 10 inches tall and is about 18 inches wide.

Overhaul

Because I have SOOOO much free time (warning: Sarcasm overload), I’ve decided to re-host every single one of my images. Which means I have to find them all, download them, resize every single one and re-upload them here. I’ve also decided to start watermarking all my images because I’ve seen my images put on other people’s sites and pages, who claim them to be their own. So don’t be surprised if you see broken image links around. This is part of a continued effort to centralize all of this stuff to BlackBeltBeads.com, rather than a forum, a Flickr page, a Facebook page, etc.

Because most of the images are probably broken (haven’t checked around yet, who knows, some may show) I’ll put up a new image of something I recently finished. Viola!

Linkboating

Only a few days until Chicago!