I don't want to give off any false perceptions that I'm perfect. Far from it. I have a wonderful room that I can work in, what I always wanted. But how do I usually end up beading? Right on the floor, much to the disdain of puppy and probably Derek. I like to dump my beads on the floor. I like to see everything laid out. The floor is the perfect backdrop.
I'm not someone who sketches out my designs first, or even thinks of them. I guess you could say I get inspired by the beads. I buy beads I like, with no plan for them. Of course I already have a huge stock of crystals, but other beads are just bought on whims. I might buy color groupings, but that's about it. When I get home with them, or when the come in the mail, I dump them out on my trusty floor. I usually try to only empty a few packs out at a time. This helps limit designers block, and tries to limit mess. (Not usually though.)
I then just start. No rhyme or reason. I like to design. Sometimes I get stuck, but I can usually just pick a few beads up and come up with a good design or pattern. And when I say "good", it's all objective. I make what I like, and if others like it then wonderful! Sometimes they don't. No big deal. More jewelry for me that way.
I'm really loving citrine, carnelian, and amber right now. Orange is my color. If you've never worked with amber before you should get some. It's amazing. It is so lightweight, it feels like air!
These are cool too. They're emeralds. Uncut, unfinished, unfaceted. Really pretty in person. I usually am not a green person but I wore this necklace all day today.
Here's "planning" gone awry. I was planning on making something using the amethysts, but nothing was coming to me. I just didn't feel like making an all purple necklace. So instead I just improvised and picked up my trusty 4mm crystals. I interlocked 2 circles together which I've never done before. I'll be doing it a lot from now on! I mixed the crystals with some oblong shells for some contrast. Here it is:
I think I might make a tutorial for it tomorrow. As for now, time to clean up the floor!