jewelry making beads

Making Beaded Jewelry

Making beaded jewelry has been part of my life so long.  And when I realized I'd been feeling kind of blue lately, I remembered that I hadn't made anything in a few months.

Bright Lampwork BeadsHorrors!  Can it really be that long, at least 3 months since I've had beads in hand?  No wonder I have felt out-of-sorts.

But here's the problem -- what should I make?  It always seems to be the same way for me -- either I have too many ideas and can't decide what I want to do first...or no ideas at all!  Do you ever find that happening to you?

I decided to get out some photos of my lampwork beads and see if they could give me inspiration.  And you know what's funny?  Of the hundreds (and probably thousands) of lampwork beads I have made, I probably have....maybe a dozen to call my own.

Making Beaded Jewelry

If you've been making beaded jewelry for any length of time, you know what bead paralysis is.  You have beads of all kinds - lampwork, gemstone, crystal - and findings galore.  Got beading cord or string?  Check.  Are the tools handy?  Yep.

Then....so much to choose from and so little time to bead it all up!  How to choose what to make first?

Lampwork Beads, TasminannWhen I am totally stumped, I make a bracelet.  It's faster than a necklace but involves me a little more than most earrings do.  And you know what's funny?  I tend to make jewelry that I don't have anything to wear with!  I mean, I see a color combination to die for -- I make something up and then realize nothing I have coordinates with it.

Ever have that happen to you?

So now I am staring at the few remaining of my own lampwork beads that I have in my possession.  I'll need to root around some, but I should be able to find my Swarovski and my sterling beads.  Findings...that may be tough; hopefully I have at least one clasp floating around in my stash.  If not, I have a lot of silver wire, so I can improvise.

Decisions after beading decisions...

OK, so let me go and see what I can come up with, as far as making beaded jewelry.  Meanwhile I'll leave you with some beady pictures of other lampwork artists on ebay (my other source of inspiration).

Catch up with you later!

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