When quarantine started back in March 2020, my mind was all over the place and I was seeking clarity and consistency. So in my moments of frustration, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and boredom, I focused my mind on something mundane. It actually helped me focus on my thoughts in a more constructive manner instead of ruminating on things.
This craft has focused my mind many times in the past few months, allowing me to have a brief moment to focus on something easy, when the world around us seems to be uncontrollable. And even though it’s easy to do, it just take a lot of time. Ironically, quarantine gives you that time.
- Hard foam ball
- Sequins (5mm)
- Seed beads
- Quilting pins
- A prep station (I used a bead board)
- Reading glasses (I need them) :)
Take a straight pin and thread with a seed bead and sequin. Insert the pin into the ball. This will be the starting point from which you will place all subsequent sequins. Here are some more tips:
- First off, it takes way more pins and sequins than you really think. I would suggest buying a few boxes to start. (For example: the smallest ball used about 450 pins)
- I used a bead board (typically used for beading and jewelry making) but what is nice about it is the beads don’t go rolling everywhere.
- I used smooth foam balls this time around (instead of the traditional styrofoam ones) and found it is easier and produces a better end result.
- I actually spray painted the large black one with black spray paint before any of the sequin pins went on. This way I avoided any white peeking through when finished. (I lovingly call this one the Death Star.) You don’t really need to do this pre-paint with the lighter colors.
- Thread multiple straight pins upfront before applying to the ball both to save time and to make it easier to set your pattern.
- Start from one pin insertion, and use this as the center point to apply additional sequins around the first. This technique allows for concentric colored rings if you desire.
- You can match colors of the pin/bead/sequin to make a more unified look, or you can change up the colors to make the look more unique. The choice is really up to you.
As you add new sequins, lightly overlap the previous sequin, staggering them so they fill the gaps that expose the foam ball.
Continue adding sequins in one color or various colors depending on what you want as an end result. Keep doing this until you’ve completely covered the ball.
I didn’t stop at one…but I kept going, and now I have a whole bowl full!
Once you have a collection, you can place them in a bowl or even attach ribbons to the balls to make hanging ornaments.
(Quote from “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame: College Course”, www.independent.co.uk. November 17, 2010.)