...And then, while I was straightening my craft room, the beads called to me.
To give you some background: I often come up with jewelry ideas faster than I can make them, so I group all of the needed materials together and put them in little ziplock bags. That way, when I get time, I can pick out a project and everything I need will be right there. If designs are extra-specially-complicated, I'll even draw out a sketch and put it in the bag, too.
|Project baggies are not exactly photogenic, are they?|
It's a fairly messy system, but it seems to work for me.
The only problem is that my worktable is completely covered with these project baggies. Sometimes I think they multiply without my knowledge... and last month, when I was focused on earrings, I'm pretty sure they doubled.
So! In order to straighten up my workspace, I just had to tackle some... Three, in particular. That way, they'll be cleaned up and no longer on my table, right? ;)
First up: shades of silver!
|Silver glass meets high end smoky quartz.|
My husband bought me that focal last Christmas, and I just recently (i.e. in November) found the perfect things to go with it. Those smoky quartz heishi beads are just gorgeous!
The other two project baggies I picked are related to last month's challenge... I tried to stand firm, but the call of matching sets is strong! So, yeah, I'm working on two necklaces to match earrings I made.
Specifically, I'm working on a peaches-and-cream necklace...
|Vintage swirled beads (possibly lucite) paired with |
peach pearls and rhinestone rondelles.
to match these:
And I'm playing around with shades of blue and silver and brass...
|Ceramic tube beads meet Czech glass rounds and wooden spacers.|
to match the pair on the right:
So much for taking a break!
Still, I really can't complain. I'm enjoying playing around, just for the sake of playing around... Without an agenda or a to-do list. It's always nice just to create for the sheer joy of creating... That, in and of itself, is relaxing to me. And if I make something pretty as a result--well, that's the icing on the cake.
Take care, everyone!