What Inspires You for Jewelry?

Just what is it that inspires you, when it comes to making jewelry?  Is it color?  A pattern on a piece of fabric?  Something from nature?  Perhaps found objects?

I did something yesterday that I rarely do -- went to the beach.  Even though I live fairly close to the Florida coast, I prefer quiet beaches; and around here, they are crowded on weekends.

But yesterday, hubby and I drove about 50 miles north and found a beautiful little beach that had few people (even on a hot sunny Saturday in May).  And wonder of wonders, there were seashells -- more than I had ever imagined.  This little stretch of beach had Sanibel Island (a world-famous shelling location) beat, hands down!

But I'm getting away from myself.  What I'm getting at is that looking at the shells, in their varied color combinations and shapes, I picked up a few (ok, quite a bit more than a few) to take home.  Some were solely based on wonderful color combos.  Others because their beautiful shapes would look wonderful in jewelry.

But these shells are inspiring me to color combinations I might not have otherwise selected.  Ideas for designs that are off my beaten path (i.e. more than just peyote).

In my case, it was a combination of color and form that has inspired me.  What is it that inspires you?

If you find your jewelry is lacking a spark these days, why not get outdoors and look around?  Maybe there are flowers or trees or even lowly mushrooms that give you ideas that are a little outside your normal work, be it color, format or some combination.

Lampwork Beads, Turned Into Art!

Bracelet, "Caribbean Blue"  (Click to Enlarge)

Bracelet, "Caribbean Blue" (Click to Enlarge)

I am always so very thrilled when people send me photos of what they've made from my beads.  Today I am honored to have my friend Jennie send me some pictures of some of her lovely items.

Here's the first photo, and it's my favorite as I bought it!   And it's as much fun to wear as it is to look at.  Narly every time I wear it, people remark on it.  I don't think Jennie named it, but I've christened it "Caribbean Blue" (after the song I like so much).

This has some of my very early lampwork, from 2004 and 2005.  And as you see, Jennie was not stingy when it came to the amount of sterling silver that she used!

True story about this bracelet.  One day David and I went to Home Depot.  I decided to wander around and see what I could find that was interesting.  As I was walking down an aisle, a gentleman passed me going the opposite direction.  He then backed up, stopped me, and said, "That's a wonderful bracelet!"  Never expected to get that kind of reaction in Home Depot!

Cobalt, Black and Silver Bracelet  (Click to Enlarge)

Cobalt, Black and Silver Bracelet (Click to Enlarge)

OK, another of Jennie's creations.  This one I haven't seein in person, but I do remember making the beads!  Once again, Jennie did a superb job of wrapping all those headpins full of beads, pearls and silver.  I don't even want to think about how long it took her to do it!

But it's funny how we can spend time with beads and not notice the time passing?  Have you ever sat down with a pile of beads (or glass) in front of you, and the next thing you know, it's 5 hours later?  I think every true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool beader has had that happen!