I am continuing to practice methods, as described in the Crafter's Devotional book, to spark my creativity. I bought a Journal - and I actually wrote my first entry! My handwriting leaves very little to be desired. I know that when I re-visit my journal entries down the road, I will not be able to read my thoughts! But...it is progress!
One way I am trying to boost my creativity is to revisit jewelry I have made in the past - to evaluate the design, my skill level (or lack thereof), etc, to try to improve on what I am creating.
So last year sometime, I acquired these gorgeous red/gold lampwork beads from Unicorne Beads - I just love these colors together! At the time, the only metal I worked with was silver, so I made this necklace:
Even the large -- and I mean large -- focal bead was silver. But, it sat in my Etsy shop - I don't think it even was viewed! And, this sucker was heavy!! So, I took it apart (I save my silver scraps and send them off for credit to Rio Grande) - and I made this instead:
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I know...not the best pictures! I used Vintaj wire, and wired a few tiny Czech glass beads and red wooden round beads to the bracelet. I really think the Vintaj and tiny antique bronze fittings complement the lampwork better than the silver!
I still have 29 bracelets left to make for my 75-bracelet donation to the 7000 Bracelets for Hope Campaign. The event is to be held on September 27th - wish I could go! This is such a worthy cause! It is getting harder and harder to make each bracelet unique! But, this is also inspiring me to create, for sure!
There is one other thing that has truly sparked my creativity for sure! Remember this glorious mix of beads? They are the beads I received from Lori Anderson for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Hop!
Here is a peak at what I made:
My reveal date is this Saturday - July 28th. I do hope you will come by to see what I cooked up with this soup! Till then....
Thanks so much for stopping by!