Saturday, July 26, 2008

Following the Beads

Most of the time I know exactly what I want to make when I sit down at my table. When I go to buy beads, a picture of the finished piece jumps into my head. They just speak to me that way.
Sometimes, though, the little critters just decide to do something on their own.

I sat down with a bunch of bright lampwork beads, and immediately, two scampered off to become earrings…


OK, fine!

So on to what I’d originally planned. I wanted to make a necklace with bits of turquoise, pewter, and Swarovski crystal. I didn’t want the beads to match each other on both sides of the necklace, and likewise didn’t want the crystals to be matched in any particular order. I was going to keep symmetry the same, but the beads would each have different patterns.


I also wanted some texture, so decided to add some charms here and there…..

And then, it happened again.

The bead that I’d set aside to be the focal decided it didn’t want to be in the strung necklace with everyone else, but wanted to be a pendant. I blame it on the leftover charm I had.


OK, I can roll with that. Pendant it is.


When everything was finished, I ended up with something a bit different than I’d planned, but infinitely better. The charms weren’t planned. The pendant wasn’t planned. Those two beads that hopped out to become earrings made my necklace shorter — I’d wanted a long necklace, no pendant, with charms here and there in a willy-nilly fashion. What I ended up with is this:


And I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes it pays to listen and follow those beads’ intentions.

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