Sunday, September 30, 2007

Where my design ideas come from

Designs come to people in different ways. Some people get an complete design in their head, and then buy the beads. I generally get my designs from the beads themselves. Here's an example of how a necklace design came about.

I was at Shipwreck Beads with a friend of mine, and I saw this bead. It's the exact color of kelp. I had to have it, so I bought a strand and took it home......

A few weeks later, I found the matching leaf. I tried to figure out how to combine them... Thread would be too noticeable, so I decided to wire wrap them together. They looked like this

Definitely on it's way to kelp LOL

Now I had to figure out how to make them sway like kelp.... I decided to hook them onto a dangling piece of chain, so they would move with the wearer. I also decided to finish off the end with some Hill Tribe Silver charms, so the kelp strand would look finished.

I am in the process of making 5 of these strands to hang from a silver chain. I'll post the necklace when it's finished.

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1 comment:

nsj said...

I like it. I can't wait to see the final piece.