No doubt, you’ve noticed that many of my designs contain orbs of various colors and sizes. Sometimes, these orbs are just used as accents. Other times, they are one of the main components of the composition. Either way, I thought I would give you a little insight into what these orbs represent.
First off, these candy colored orbs are called bings. I was in third grade when I made my first batch. I was newly initiated into my father’s magic, so the idea of magic and its various uses held a paramount spot in my imagination.
I’ll save you the exact series of events that led to my creation of said bings. What I will tell you is that each orb was, at its creation, filled with a tiny bit of magic.
I used these orbs—instead of a wand—to conjure various interesting things: a small patch of flowers, a cloud of butterflies, a shimmering rainbow, an umbrella raining jellybeans.
I spent hours conjuring fun and sometimes quirky scenes.
Unfortunately, at that time, my productions were confined to the stage of my father’s theater. Thus, any left over orbs I had created for that day lost their magical properties once I returned to the real world outside.
The orbs never did regain their magical glory, though their jewel-like qualities made them a thing of beauty in and of themselves.
Over time, I grew to incorporate these leftover bings into different crafts.
I made jewelry out of the sparkly ones. I composed pictures for my mom’s tea shop out of the ones with the haunting iridescent sheen. The bright, candy-colored ones I saved for trinkets I sold at the four yearly carnivals held in Cratersville at the changing of the seasons.
Now you know whenever you see an image with the brightly colored orbs that it’s made with a great big dollop of fun with just a touch of that most powerful magic of all—memories, sweetly distilled by time.
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures