Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Success and Ring Thirty

Selections from the Ring a Day Series

Few things are more exciting or satisfying than setting a goal and then reaching it. When I came up with the idea to create one ring every day for a month, I though it would be a breeze. After the first week, I had a few moments of doubt, when I wondered if I would be able to keep up the pace. I hadn’t really made plans for 30 unique ring designs, so I worried that I might get stumped for ideas before the end.

Luckily, I had a lot of inspiration. Some designs looked a lot better on paper, but the beauty of such a small project is that you don’t waste much time or thread on mistakes.

For the final piece in the Ring a Day series, I wanted to do something really special. I wanted this ring to be perfect, with a great color combo. Unfortunately, I couldn’t decide which colors to use, so I just went with all of them.

Celebration Ring by The Sage's Cupboard
Ring # 30 - Celebration

I think this is my favorite ring of all, and not just because it’s the last one. After picking out and arranging 14 different bead colors to make a continuous rainbow, I thought it would be really tedious to have to switch colors so often. I was totally wrong! Changing beads every two rows seemed to make the work go so much faster, perhaps because I could see my progress as I packed up the old color and moved on to the next.

To save a little time, I picked out the 8 beads needed for the second leg of the pattern while stitching the first. Peyote rings are usually my least favorite because they take the longest to finish, and the thread gets so twisted I have to work with half lengths. Seeing 112 seed beads laid out for stitching made it seem so simple.

Thank you so much for joining me on this crazy creative journey!

Copyright 2010 Inspirational Beading and The Sage's Cupboard


  1. Your beadwork is beautiful! I love the colors you use. So vivid! I always admire anyone who can be so creative with little tiny beads.I would have a hard time just seeing them! LOL!

  2. Thank you! Color is always an important muse for me. The palette has to be just right in order to create the image or feeling that I want in a piece.

    I don't have trouble seeing the beads - yet! - unless they fall on the floor. I've almost given up on rescuing spills.


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