Month: December 2019

Spike + Xander = SpanderSpike + Xander = Spander

Recently I received a custom order inspired by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters Xander and Spike (“Spander”), my very first pendant request inspired by this wacky duo. I couldn’t wait to get started!

We worked together to decide which charms would truly represent them. I did a quick mental inventory of the charms I already had, however, I knew I needed a few more for this ultimate key.

Together we decided to use the largest key available for this combination of charms. The large key, meant for a decoration piece, is about 5 inches tall and up to 2 1/2 inches wide. In this way, she can display her key while at home to enjoy.

Knowing this client personally, I knew she’d want to show off her piece of art. I asked her if she’d like a clip to make it easy to take from a decoration to a wearable totem. She put her faith, literally in my hands.

Read on to find out how the final key came together. Customize your own Nicholas Brendon inspired key pendant now! Coming Soon: Customize a Buffy Inspired key pendant! Sign up for mindful announcements and updates so you don’t miss a fandom beat! Just enter email on the side or footer menu under Mindful Updates!

The Inspiration

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“Spander” Screenshot – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 7, Episode 6

Spike Elements

  • Fangs: Vampire’s are known for their blood sucking fangs. However in one episode, Xander said Spike was fangless while living in Xander’s basement. To convey this fangless idea, I wrapped wire around the fangs to express the idea of a fangless vampire.
  • Leather Duster: Spike typically would be spotted wearing his aged leather duster.
  • Boot: Spike paired a pair of tall boots with every outfit choice.
  • Whiskey Bottle: Spike is often found nursing from his favorite bottle when he’s heartbroken.

Xander Elements

  • Construction Hat: “Xander” worked in construction from seasons 4 to 7 in between supporting the Slayer, saving the world, giving world saving speeches himself, and opening the second High School located atop of the hellmouth.
  • Skateboard: “Xander Harris” had a grand entrance in the series premiere, Welcome to the Hellmouth.
  • Pizza Box: Xander delivered pizza for a time, often sharing a box with the Scooby Gang.

Spander Elements

  • Hawaiian T-shirt: “Xander” was known for his vivid and printed wardrobe, however in one doomed episode, Spike wore his shirt while planning to fall upon a stake to kill himself.
  • TV Set: The TV Spike often watched Passions and Dawson’s Creek. Xander enjoyed watching Bollywood flicks with Buffy and Willow.
  • Rope: I tied a cord to the key to represent Spike being tied up to Xander’s recliner in the basement as an extra safety measure after he had a chip implanted.
  • X & S: I added simple letter charms representing the names Xander & Spike.

Finishing Touches

I added a lava stone to connect to the clasp to finish off the pendant. I also added this mindful item to use as an oil diffuser to help relieve headaches or stress. Next I used a flower on the clasp to tie back to the Hawaiian shirt charm featured on the key.

The Result!

Completed Custom “Spander” Key

Give Me More Spander!

  • Join Nicholas Brendon for a live reading of a Spander fan-fiction on New Year’s Eve. Click here to find out more.
  • Contact me and plan the perfect charm! Let’s design the perfect key pendant together. Show off your favorite fandom, show or couple.
  • Read the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Comic Books. Nicky brought his favorite quirky duo back together when he co-wrote the comic books. He considers them the perfect odd couple!
  • Check out more Xander, Spike, and Spander inspired charms and pendants.

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About 1.Of.A.Kind.Mind
1.Of.A.Kind.Mind features one of a kind, handmade designs by Sarah Allison. Featuring crystals, gemstones, and lava stones. Natural elements are a great way to improve one’s life, health, and happiness along with having a positive mental attitude.

Nicholas Brendon, boyfriend of Sarah, toured 2018 & 2019 hosting meet & greets and fighting the stigma of mental illness. This is where Sarah asked a fellow jewelry maker to design “Buffy” inspired Fandom Keys Pendants to offer at events.
Nicholas Brendon is an American actor, artist, and writer. He is best known for his role “Xander Harris” on hit tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

With touring over, Sarah is now enjoying making jewelry again after a long break. Looking for a jewelry set for special occasions or something you can wear everyday? Sarah is up for the challenge to create you a cherished piece of art. Please signup for 1.Of.A.Kind.Mind updates and post a comment on the home page.

About Sarah Allison’s Designs
At age 14 she took her first trip with her grandmother out West and discovered jewelry making. Meeting her Great Uncle ‘Pudge’ Allison for the first time in Albuquerque, NM, they set off to Paggosa Springs from there, CO. When driving into the small mountain town, they spotted a bead shop. She fell in awe and has been making jewelry for over 15 years.

Sarah’s designs typically feature natural elements. After losing her aunt to caner, she looked for natural ways of improving ones life and health and found DoTerra Essential Oil. The benefits from essential oils can relieve anxiety, stomach aches, muscle pain, headaches, and nausea for starters, allowing you to skip the medications and chemicals you normally would have turned to. To help facilitate this practice, she incorporates lava stones in her jewelry in which you may drop your favorite scent on, wearing it with you throughout the day. If you have any questions regarding essential oils she’d be happy to consult you and is a DoTerra representative.

Throughout Sarah’s sale career, she realized the power of having a positive mental attitude. Having the right state of mind can change everything! To help clear negativity and hone in on improvements one wants to make, Sarah incorporates crystals and natural elements into her designs. This beautiful step in a daily routine can make a positive impact. When one wants to clear negative energy and is wearing an element such as Smokey Quartz, it gives you a mind and earth bond strong enough to steer you away harmful energies.