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Spring Bead Season • May 4th, 2016


This Wednesday April 27th, 2016 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Spring Beads, Spring Beads! 
$3 Processing fee, please
$4 Drink Specials at Akbar: You’re gonna like the way you look, we guarantee it.  

Springtime is bead time, where you adorn yourself with the things that you like, the stylish trappings of who you are. A great place to stop in and make for yourself a bauble, a fancy trinket, a treat for your wrist or a beaded headband for your mind, a place to make all of this on Wednesday is Akbar. I’m breaking out the beads, and beads are deep. Beads are more than colorful or pretty, beads are us.

Beads have been around a looooooong time! People used them for currency! They were also used as anti-stress devices, you could hold onto your beads and think about your life. This bead technique still works today. Beads are used for devotional praying, and they make great game pieces if you make a home made board game! Beads are so cool that we’re pretty sure the reason we as humans developed language is because we wanted each other’s beads. We built systems of language based on economic bead wants and needs. The oldest beads are about 72,000 years old, which means that when you wear a bead, you are wearing the first self help device known to humans. But beads didn’t just help one, they helped everyone!

Beads were around before farming, before language, before tools and shelter. Beads helped us develop social technology! Working with beads is mega primal, you’ll be like “Why does this feel so natural for me?” Come on into CraftNight and do some social technology with us, your ancient ancestors would be so proud!

See you at the Craft Table!

JP Craft Captain


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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Assembly Craft, Wearable Craft

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We’re Baaaaaack! • January 7th, 2015

This Wednesday January 7th, 2015 from 9pm until midnight (or later) at Akbar, it’s CRAFTNIGHT!
Project: Fusion Beads!
$3 Processing Fee
$4 Drink Special “The Lyla” it makes you Smile-la!

Oh my Gosh oh my Goodness oh my STARS I’ve missed you!

Please get in here and make a craft, please bring your friends, please let us not have another week without Crafts at Akbar! I’m starting it all hot and heavy with FUSION BEADS because FUSION BEADS are a good time. Seriously, if you walk into LA’s most posh restaurant bathrooms, you’ll see scrawled on the stall wall “For a good time, call Fusion Beads.”

It’s been so chilly lately, I wanted to do a heat-based, warm project. These mini cylindrical brightly colored pieces of plastic will be kluged together by your expert hand, and then I’ll melt your design with an iron so that they fuse. And once they’re fused, there ain’t any un-fusing them, and you can combine them into any kind of little trinket that you can have for yourself or give away, fusion beads really are the cat’s meow.

Also we’re choosing fusion beads so that we can FUSE our intentions for the new year! You are alive and walking and talking in a really rare way. You could’ve been a piece of salt. You could’ve been a piece of hair on an elephant’s derriere. You could be a 100 year old oak or a 3000 year old patch of sea water. Instead, you appear to be a person reading my writing on your screen, which is SUPER WEIRD, you’ve come a long way, baby.

The riddles we must solve to continue existence are always worthwhile by doing things that make us feel ALIVE. That’s is why I highly recommend that you come see us and let your soul swim around in the glitter at the very first CraftNight of 2015.

See you at the Craft Table,

JP Craft Captain


Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Assembly Craft

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January 25th, 2012 • Beaded Flower Clip

This Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 from 9pm until midnight at Akbar it’s CRAFTNIGHT!!!
Project: Beaded Flower Clip
$2 Processing fee, please!
$4 Cosmopolitans! Think with a pink drink!

If you’re procrastinating on the internet, I’m glad the series of tubes brought you here to the CraftNight site, where we’re going to be REALLY INTO BEADS this week. Bring your procrastinating self over to Akbar, and use our activity as a gentle distraction from whatever ELSE you’re “supposed to be doing.”
CraftNight endorses a bit of vagueness, confusion and fuzzy-mindedness.
Enhanced clarity isn’t everything.
You see, I have news for you: You’re never going to catch up. There will always be more paper, people, pineapples and peanuts to deal with in the course of your lifetime. Levels of efficiency and quality will always be part of the great cyclical whirlwind of stuff that permeates the daily joys of existence. It’s not about cutting out the fun, it’s about balancing the drudgery with the funnery in a way that makes you throw your hat in the air like Mary Tyler Moore on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

I’m not saying “Don’t plan things” since, as we all know, taking 10 t0 12 minutes to plan one’s day saves the average planner 100 to 120 minutes! I’m saying maybe “Don’t plan things ALL THE TIME and HAVE SOME FUN” since, as we all know, sticking to the plan all the time is kind of boring, and routines are meant to be broken.

Besides, I have an important task for you, it’s so important, you’ll have a burning desire to start and finish it, which will kickstart your endorphins into overdrive and get you addicted to starting and finishing other things! It’s called a beaded flower clip, it involves (duh) beads, and you can either string’em together into the awesome shape of a flower, or just get crazy and make whatever you want out of the materials!

Make a necklace make a key fob make a dangling groovy handle for your backpack zipper!
Give it to your friend, give it to your lover, give it to the butcher the baker the candlestick maker!
This flower is going to start you on the road toward ultimate productivity, but ONLY if you STOP productivity NOW to procrastinate on your projects in order to come join us and play with this project.

Taxes can wait.
The cat can wait.
Your boss can wait wait wait.
You’ll have such a positive experience making this flowery thing, you’ll have guaranteed results!
Develop the habits of success! Make a beaded flower clip! Come to CraftNight and be a winner! Wooooooooo!

See you at the Craft Table,
JP Craft Captain

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

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