You gotta love when you find the Bead Girl sitting in your studio playing with beads and turns around saying, "hey mom look at this ... it's a bingo ball!"
I mean, what's not to love? It's rustic, antique looking, spins and makes noise with the beads flipping around inside. It looks kinda like the old metal bingo cage with the side crank. Those manual ones were great for getting a good turn to mix up the balls. Oh yes, the Bead Girl would love a go with that old-style bingo cage.
But there was just one thing we were struggled with ... how exactly to cap off the ends so the letter beads didn't spill out? We tried a number of options; bead caps, large heshi beads, perhaps some messy wire wrapping? In the end we went with the knotted, weathered leather, which really seemed to suit the era.
We added some hand-made chain using silver connectors, a bit of my mom's old basting for ribbon around the back ... and there you have it. Bingo Ball fashion; Bead Girl style. I'm noticing that it might just be time for the Bead Girl to get her own logo since she's starting to create some serious designs. She has a at least two more I need to post. What do you guys think? Any suggestions as she establishes her signature labeling?