Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Work in Progress: Rainbow Rings

Inspiration can strike at any time, and when it does it’s often difficult to ignore. I prefer to stick to a single project at a time, checking things off my to-do list with rhythm. But every once in awhile, I can’t resist the urge to stop everything and try out an idea.

In order to create lots of rings for a craft fair this fall, I came up with a plan that wouldn’t interfere with my other projects: Every time I use druks in a design, I set aside one, and make a ring at the end - usually with the same beads I used in the preceding project. It’s been working well so far, at least until my latest project.

Assorted Bead Rings in Progress

The necklace I’ve been working on had two colors of druks, so I set aside one of each. Then, somewhere I got this inexplicable idea to make rings with rainbow striped bands. I liked it so much, that instead of making one or two rings with the colors I had set aside, I went through my stash to make the perfect rainbow palette. And I changed my mind about one of the druk colors after pulling all of the beads, so now I have all these rings on my to-do list!

I haven’t yet decided if I’ll finish all four rings before moving on to my next Egyptian gods piece, but I did get started on one after finishing the rainbow pieces, since I had so many seed bead colors right there to choose from.

What are you working on this week?

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