"Where does your inspiration come from?"
People ask me that all the time, and my answer is "Everywhere - people, nature, songs, artwork. There's no rhyme or reason, inspiration just hits you when you're open to receiving it."
I recently saw this blog post on The Hive from my good friend Dawn in Alaska. She had created an incredible chainmaille bracelet that "captured" Swarovski Crystal rondelles in a "net" of jumprings. I happen to own one of these wonderful bracelets from when Dawn and I did a jewelry swap earlier this year. I just love it - the way it's netted makes you look twice.
So after seeing this post I thought, how cool would it be to have a "netting" of sorts filled with pearls or gemstones or crystals... but the netting was made of beads. Heck, I know how to make a netted rope, why not fill it up with pearl goodness? After all, I'm a glass half-full sort of gal!
I chose a mix of Delicas that had some greens, pinks and peaches and mixed it with some vintage peach little round crystals... I scooped up a whole batch of beads in an estate sale when I first started experimenting. I love the sparkle of them, mixed with the delicas the net turned out really well... fill it up with positivity and somebody will really love wearing this comfortable bracelet.
But I still wanted to be able to see more of the "filling" - after all the best part of an eclair is that ooey gooey last bite that has the remainder of the custard filling. Mmmmmm So I continued experimenting. I tried lots of things, un-ravelled and finally it struck me, build the filling into the netting! So I did... and so it worked. I love it when a plan comes together (even if you weren't sure what the plan was to begin with.)
|Wouldn't this be beautiful with white pearls & silver seed beads as wedding jewelry?|
This bracelet is more stiff than the peach one, and I threaded copper wire through it to keep the perfect shape. It wears like a bangle, but this would also be awesome strung on Softflex beading wire for a more flexible necklace. So I owe Dawn a big thank you for inspiring me to learn something new and expand that already exploding brain of mine! You're a gem!
Hope you find yourself in a state of awww at something wonderful today! Appreciate and love all around us as we're blessed to be right where we are~