Bead It All!
What a nice belt right?
This is just one of the works of Miss Rogean Angelee Arsenal
Gullem of Luna St. La Paz, Iloilo City. This 18 year old lass
is a sophomore student of University of the Philippines
When Rogean was still in grade school, her grandmother was making bead curtains. Rogean was always observing her grandmother. When her lola stopped in making bead curtains, Rogean got the left beads ans strings and made bracelets out of it. Rogean’s first work were very simple ones. She put beads on a string, ties both ends and that’s it. She already has her personally made bracelet. This had been a starting point for Rogean to come up with more complex works and discover her talent in making bead accessories.
What is amazing about this young lady is that, nobody taught her in making accessories put of beads. By just observing her lola, she learned the basics and on her own, she experimented with new patterns. After making single stringed accessories, which is the basic, Rogean thought of ways on how to make something unique and how can she improve her creations. With the use of small pieces of paper, Rogean experimented and came up with a crisscross pattern. Through this, she has made more complex pieces. But of course,it is not that easy. It took her several months to discover the pattern and be able to apply it to different accessories. In fact, it took her more then a month to make her first crisscross bracelet.
Like this one, Rogean was able to
make heart designs onbracelets
using beads of different color and
putting them together using
a crisscross pattern.
Roj. As most of her friends call her, is not just limited in making bracelets, necklaces and rings but she also makes belts, key chains and curtains. These ones, especially the belts and curtains are very hard to do according to Roj. In doing this, you must be very patient. It took her almost 3 months to finish a belt and 5 months to make a curtain. As a kikay teenager, these accessories are very useful to her. Rogean uses this accessories highlight different outfits for different occasions. In fact, during Rogean’s JS Prom in high school, the accessories she wore were her creations.
Interestingly, Rogean’s works are not for sale. She said that money can’t buy the happiness and satisfaction she can feel by looking at her works. But sometimes Roj is giving some of her works to her dear friends.
Hmmm… I know you are all excited to know how to make bead accessories especially those cute belts and bracelets. Rogean’s advise is, “ Have some beads, get a string and let your imagination flow. Let your creativity guide you in making something unique. And most of all, be patient.