Over the past several months, I haven’t had any opportunities to bead just for the fun of it, and my creativity was feeling a bit cramped. Now that my special side project is pretty much finished, I can get back to making projects on a whim. I thought that when I was free to create, ideas would come flooding out, but at first I felt overwhelmed by choice. I didn’t know where to begin.
This year I’m taking it easy by avoiding any big challenges, so I thought it would be fun to go back to my old methods of focusing on specific inspirations and beads. In the first few days of January, I took a little time to play with my new bone ankh pendants, and made some triple strand necklaces. The first one in green was slow going – I didn’t start to love it until it was almost finished. The second necklace with blue seed beads and striped bone tubes was so much fun I completed it in half the time.
Right now I’ve moved on to a new fringe necklace. It took a while to work out a palette that I liked. I started with the blue tube beads for accents, then went back and forth on colors for the tubular base. I decided to toss in the last few 8/o seed beads from the Artbeads Designer Blend I tried out last year, so a matching turquoise seemed like a good way to go. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to include the vintage red white-hearts or not.
What are you making right now?
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