by Bryan D.
After almost a full year of use, my psychic counter needed a re-touch. I decided to make a tutorial for those who wanted to replicate a counter that is re-usable and doesn’t leave pieces of duct tape or ribbon all over the place. This is a full step by step instruction on how to make one of your own.
Supplies you need:
- Purple beads or wood beads that you can paint. I recommend no smaller than 1/2 inch diameter beads, but you can go larger if necessary.
- Purple acrylic paint and laquer or Mod Podge outdoor sealant
- fabric of your choice. If you get quilting cotton in a fat quarter size, it should be enough. (1/4 yard)
- Rope, yarn, twine, or elastic to put your beads on around your neck.
- Baby Powder or corn starch if you have to use Mod Podge
- Barbecue skewers or thin wood dowel to paint your beads
- a few rolls of duct tape or hockey tape to stand up your beads while drying
- 1/4 inch width elastic
Here we have the beads that need painting prepped. They were previously painted but the paint has worn off a few and the deet based bug spray has made them a bit sticky, as the bug spray melted the varnish.
Put your wood beads on the bbq skewers or dowel to stand them up in your hockey tape or duct tape rolls to dry
Paint your beads if nessessary. I used Ceramcoat Amethyst colored acrylic paint. I recommend at
least two coats.
Once dry, coat the beads in the outdoor Mod Podge and do at least 2 coats. let your beads dry between coats.
Once all of your beads are dry, they might be still tacky. Dust a bit of corn starch or baby powder on them to alleviate the sticky factor.
For 1/2 inch diameter beads, make your fabric at least 3 inches in width. For larger beads, make the width larger according with your size of bead. For the elastic for the ends, I recommend 1/4 inch elastic cut in 2 1/2 inch pieces. you will need two of them.
Cut your fabric long enough to accommodate for all the beads you are using. I also recommend a bit of extra length in case you want to add more beads later or to make it more comfortable around your neck when wearing it.
The next step, once you have cut your fabric and elastic, is to sew your elastic onto
the sheath for the beads. Place it along the edge and using a zig zag stitch, stretch your elastic
as you sew. Be sure yo sew your elastic onto the wrong side of the fabric. Sew your pieces
of elastic to both ends of your fabric.
Next, fold your fabric in half along the length and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the whole sheath. Be sure NOT to sew the elastic ends together.
Next, turn your sheath inside out using a safety pin to assist you.
Place all of your beads onto the string or rope, and put the sheath on as well. Be sure you have them all on the string before you tie a knot in your string to complete the necklace. Tuck all your beads in the sheath, and your beaded psychic counter is ready for a weekend of LARPing.
To use your psychic bead counter, when you have your psycic states available but haven’t been
used, leave them exposed outside of the sheath. When you use them, pop them into the sheath.
When you meditate, for each one you meditate you can just pop one back out.
Making one of these counters with enough beads for a sanctum also works really well.
For more instructions or advice on making one of these yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on rules for the larp that this prop is used for, please visit www.epoch-larp.ca
for the rulebook, prop making, forums, history of the realm, and photos.
Download this tutorial:
Banners are a easy and inexpensive way to decorate your in game space.
You will need:
- An image for your banner
- craft supplies such as thread, sewing sheers, tape measure, scissors etc.
- a sheet of fusible bonding web (such as Stitch Witchery or Heat N Bond). Look for one rated for medium to heavy-weight fabrics.
- fabric paint
- string or light rope
You will also need access to a sewing machine, printer, photo copier, iron and ironing board.
Step 1: Prepare your image and fabric
Pick an image that doesn’t have too many details. In this example, I used a photo from wikipedia but you can use clip art, applique patterns etc. Use a photocopier to blow the image up to the size you want. It will appear on your banner in mirror image so you may be easier to reverse the image at this stage.
I like to use cotton twill for my banners but I’ve also used quilting cotton or broadcloth without a problem. Twill has a nice weight though. Buy your fabric, pre-wash it and press out any wrinkles.
Step 2: Trace your design
Trace your design onto the paper side of the fusible bonding. If your design requires overlapping colours, allow extra where the over lap will occur.
Step 3: Apply the fusible bonding
Following the instructions that come with the fusible bonding, iron it onto your fabrics and then cut them out. To get a nice crisp edge, trim the fusible bonding to about 1 cm of your design, iron it on to the fabric then trim the fabric and the bonding right to the line.
Step 4: Make your banner
Historically banners came in many different shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to experiment. In this example I’m using a simple square. You can either make a pocket at the top to hold your dowel or add scrapes from fabric scraps or ribbon.
Step 5: Apply your design
Carefully peel the paper off the back of your fusible bonding and iron it onto your banner.
Step 6: Seal your edges
The easiest way to seal the edges is to run a bead of fabric paint along the edge. Edges can also be sealed with the zig zag stitch on a sewing machine or by hand.
Step 7: Finishing touches
Run a dowel across the top and add a string for hanging. You can also sew on ribbon or tassels if it suits your design. If you are worried about the banner hanging well, you can sew washers to the back for extra weight.
Everyone needs a place to put things and these pouches are a great thing to make out of your extra fabric scraps.
1. External Pocket
The easiest kind of pouch to make.
- 1/4 meter of fabric
- Matching thread
- 1/4 meter of ribbon, decorative cord or rope.
Use a piece of 8 1/2″ X 11″ paper as a pattern and cut a piece of fabric. Fold it in half with the good sides together. Sew across the bottom and up one side until you are 6cm from the top. Skip forward about 2cm and then continue sewing until the top of the bag. Fold over the top 4 cm of the bag (so that the hold in the side of the bag is on the fold). Sew a seam around the top of the bag. Thread the ribbon through the fold to form a draw string. Knot the two ends of the ribbon together. Turn the bag right side out.
2. Round Pouch
This Pouch is Completely Reversable
- 1/4 meters of two different complementary fabrics
- Matching thread
- Either 1 pkg of 1/2″ elastic or 2m of 2″ ribbon
Using a dinner plate as a pattern, cut one circular piece out of each of the two fabrics. Place the good sides together and sew around the outside leaving two gaps about a 6 cm in length on each side.
Turn right sides out and iron flat. Use a hand needle to sew the gap closed until only a 1 cm gap remains. Run a steam around the circle about 3 cm from the edge.
Cut the cord in half and thread both halves through the gaps (one cord coming out each gap). Pull on both cords at once to close.
3. Shoulder Bag
For when you have to carry a lot of stuff. This pouch is best made out of a heavy fabric.
- 1/2 meters of fabric
- Matching thread
- 1 1/2 meters 1/2″ cotton rope.
Fold fabric in half with the good sides together. Sew up the long side until you are 10cm from the one end. Skip forward about 4cm and then continue sewing until the edge. Iron open the seam and then lay it so the seam runs down the middle. Iron flat.
Then sew across the bottom (the edge away from the gap). Fold over the top 10 cm of the bag (so that the hole in the back of the bag is on the fold). Sew a seam around the top of the bag. Turn right side out.
Thread the rope through the fold to form a draw string. Knot each end of the rope and sew it to the bottom corners of the bad.