Outside of my imperfect artistic skills, my biggest challenge is coming up with ideas for beads in the first place! Most of my ideas come about as me wanting a bead for a particular project and not being able to find what I was looking for.
My GPS bead came from my desire to create a camping bracelet. We rely on our GPS to get us through the back roads of Ontario and I couldn’t find anything that looked like a map. So, I made my own.
My bird feeder and hummingbird beads came from my obsession with our garden visitors. I found a few existing beads that might have worked, but none quite captured what I was looking for. With the birdfeeder bead, I also wanted to challenge myself to make something that involved more than one piece of clay. That one certainly a challenge! I had to do a few repairs with metal paste (if you remember, G was for Glue!), and redesign the bead partway through. But, it worked out in the end!
Most of the time I try not to make my own versions of beads already made by bead companies, but I have occasionally been tempted to make my own version of a bead. For example, I’d love a bat bead, but none of the ones available have everything that I’m looking for. I love the detailing of the redbalifrog Igor the Bat, and how his wings fold over his body. But, he doesn’t hang upside down. The Trollbeads Sleeping Bat hangs upside down, but he’s less detailed and the wings look odd to me (although his face is adorable!). I’ve sketched out a few ideas and even tried a few with modeling clay but can’t get my version to look the way that I want it to.
Where do you get your ideas from?