MiniVerse Solar System Bracelet on NPR’s Science Friday

Here’s a Valentine’s Day Equation for you:
02142012 + j = ♥ (Where j=jewels)

Annette Heist of National Public Radio’s Science Friday has collected a “treasure chest of sciencey jewels” perfect for your Valentine!

The “MiniVerse” Solar System Bracelet is featured, along with pieces inspired by chemistry, evolutionary theory, and more!

I’m so honored to see the MiniVerse included in this fantastic collection!

Read the article:
02142012 + j = ♥ (Where j=jewels)

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Get the bracelet:
MiniVerse by Chain of Being

Easy EL Wire Projects: ebook featuring Fire Skirt

Awesome do-it-yourself site Instructables has released a new ebook, Easy EL Wire Projects featuring my Fire Skirt design alongside a handful of other sweet do-it-yourself EL wire designs!

ebook on electroluminescent wire (EL wire) projects

I totally had fun making this tutorial, and I’m so pleased that Instructables has chosen to feature it! Thanks to editor Laura Khalil, aka zazenergy, for including Fire Skirt in the ebook!


Fire Skirt! Glow Dress, Electric Dress, Electronic Fashion, Laura Cesari

Fire Skirt! as seen in ELLE Argentina, ELLE DECOR Italia, and The Best of Instructables :)

The awesome photo is by Joel Crisp, and the lovely model on the left is Mary Elisa.

I created the original dress in 2001, mostly so I’d be visible at night-time parties, (ie. to avoid getting lost and prevent dangerous encounters with Art Cars at Burning Man Festival…), I showed the project at fashion shows and art shows for a few years, and then created the tutorial in 2007 so that others may also be fashionably illuminated at night events.

The Fire Skirt tutorial also earned a brief mention in Best of Instructables, Volume I, and I’m delighted to see they’ve also featured it on the Instructables homepage today! Thanks guys!

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Astronomy Beadwork at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

I’m very excited to report that the Solar System Bead Kit will be making an appearance at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center gift shop!

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The Astronomy Beadwork series has already received positive reviews from NASA astronomers, and contributed to a NASA podcast; I’m happy to know I can contribute further, albeit in a very small way, to the future of Space and Flight research.

In addition to having an amazing facility where they make fantastic flying vessels, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center also offers tours and educational programs.

Their vision is quite lovely:

“To fly what others only imagine.”


Solar System Necklace Kit by Chain of Being

Latitude & Longitude! Each bead is 50 miles…

After extensive cartography research, and several virtual trips around the world, I’ve created a Latitude & Longitude Necklace Series for Chain of Being depicting land, water, and cities along selected Latitudes of the globe. This series of necklaces and bracelets forms a wearable map, with each bead measuring roughly 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers.

45 degrees North Latitude Necklace - distance measured in Beads

Latitude 45 North Necklace - Distance measured in Beads

Each string of beads shows a “slice” of the world,
crossing through a diverse selection of terrain and civilizations.

Distances are roughly proportional,
with each bead representing approximately 50 miles / 80.5 kilometers
of Great Circle distance.

Water, Land, and Cities are marked on the necklace,
creating a wearable map:
a bare-bones geolocation device built with stone-age technology.*

northern hemisphere necklace series by Laura Cesari for Chain of Being

Northern Hemisphere Necklace Series - Distance measured in Beads - Latitudes 0, 15, 30, 45, 60, and 75 North

Water is represented by shiny deep blue glass beads.

Land is a combination of frosted green glass,
in spring green and evergreen shades,
with natural stone beads marking the mountains
and changes in elevation.

Cities are marked with shiny dichroic glass beads:
this necklace includes densely-populated cities
on or near each Latitude.

A magnetic clasp snaps the necklace together at Longitude 180,
the International Date Line over the Pacific Ocean.

*Not for use in actual Land or Sea Navigation.

This necklace series was extremely fun to research: so easy to wander off and get lost in the details of maps, terrain, civilizations, and geographical information. Super thanks to Moses Wolfenstein, Ph.D. for advice & brainstorming on this project!

Moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune – Proportional Astronomy Necklaces

How cool would it be if we Earthlings had not one, but many Moons in our orbit?
Would Moonlight from 63 different angles be as romantic?

Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune are all known for being surrounded by wild lovely storms of Moons, ranging from rock to ice in composition, from tiny and irregular to large and round in shape, occasionally colliding in their orbits! (Jupiter has 63 known Moons, Saturn has 62, and Neptune has 13… it’s quite a party out there…)

In the Moons & Planets necklace series, the nearest Moons of each planet are represented in Moonstone, Agate, and Glass, with each Moon’s distance from the Planet measured proportionally in beads. (1 bead = 10,000 kilometers on the Moons of Saturn necklace, for example).

Check out the Moons & Planets Necklace Series, available here:
Moons of Saturn Necklace
Moons of Jupiter Necklace
Moons of Neptune Necklace

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Moons of Neptune Necklace:

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Comet Pendant & Solar System Necklace at NASA

The Solar System Necklace series’ latest adventure into Space is with NASA’s Cassini Mission! After conversing with Cassini Mission Astronomer Jane Houston Jones, I was honored and very flattered to be asked to submit images for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Podcast. Their October podcast highlights Astronomical phenomena visible during the month of October, conceptualizes and ponders the vast distances of Space, and instructs on how to make a scale model of the Solar System similar to the Solar System Necklace design.

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In addition to contributing to a NASA educational project, this conversation with Astronomer Jane Houston Jones inspired a new addition to the Solar System Necklace series: a beaded Comet Pendant in Moonstone and Agate. In anticipation of Comet 103 P Hartley 2 (“Hartley 2″ for short), Jones requested a beaded Comet that could be moved around on the necklace according to the Comet’s position in our Solar System.

Check out the Comet Pendant Design here:
Comet Pendant – Re-positionable – Moonstone and Agate

Check out Jane’s awesome Astronomy blogs:
Jane Houston Jones at NASA
Jane Houston Jones – personal Astronomy blog

Check out the Podcast Here from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
What’s Up October 2010? – Jet Propulsion Laboratory News


Comet Pendant – Re-positionable – Moonstone and Agate,
shown here on a Solar System Necklace.

Atmospheric Strata Necklace featured on Craftzine

I’m having so much fun with the Solar System Necklace series; I’m now constantly inspired to build more necklaces about amazing natural phenomena! My latest exploration of science in beads is an ethereal multi-strand Atmospheric Strata Necklace.

Laura Cesari's Atmospheric Strata Necklace

The six-strand beaded Atmospheric Strata Necklace design demonstrates the Atmospheric Strata and various objects and phenomena that one might encounter in the Atmosphere, such as Clouds (shell), Meteors (garnet), Satellites (copper & hematite), and the Aurora Borealis (fluorite).

Check out Rachel Hobson’s Craftzine posting here:
Craftzine: Laura Cesari’s Atmospheric Strata Necklace

It is my hope that this design will inspire thoughts of the complex and delicate relationship between the Earth and Atmosphere.

The strands of the necklace encircle the wearer in the same order that the Atmospheric Strata surround the Earth; from the center of the necklace, you are given the perspective of Earth, seeing the Atmospheric Strata radiate outward into Space.

Find out more & purchase the necklace at the Chain of Being shop:
Atmospheric Strata Necklace

Truly Fantastic Review for Solar System Necklace Kit

Here’s the first customer review of the Solar System Necklace Kit on Makers Market:

“I’m eleven (11) yrs. old, & dad bought this for mom. I assembled it by myself with help from dad on making the clasp and getting the right number of black beads. (Dad wanted to help so I let him count beads for me ;-) I found this fun and not too difficult. It looks really good on mom, you have to double loop it so it’s not too long though. “

Solar System Necklace Kits have now shipped to various locations around the globe: It’s delightfully mind-boggling to think about how each kit represents an individual person’s experience of visualizing the Universe!

Solar System Necklace Kit