I am like most when it comes to inspiration to start a piece of jewelry. I have something that inspires me and go with it. Sometimes it can be a necklace sometimes it is a bracelet. I love creating. Just take a peek at my tray.
Here is where the tricky part is. When I make jewelry for myself I like having matching sets. It sounds real easy. I have found that it can be far from easy.
Like this necklace,
or this bracelet.
Both I loved making and both are so pretty but for some reason there is no spark to create a matching piece. In fact I have to tell you that I have quite a few orphan pieces as I call them.
I have been in the midst of a medical issue, nothing too serious but does require outpatient surgery, when those come up either my muse disappears or she shows up with a vengeance. Well she has actually shown up and she had a specific mission. Pair up some orphans!
I actually did not have a plan when I started. Then I found some beautiful round beads by Diana of Suburban Girl Studios that happened to match another necklace with a pendant of hers and just played around with the beads.
I used to think sets had to be matchy matchy but to date I have been breaking many of my own rules and I love this set.
I was lucky enough to get some amazing Czechmate Crescent beads a while ago. I am pretty sure I have told you about them before and from the moment they came out I had a design in mind and it just so happened I also had a orphan begging to be mated.
The cab in the necklace is from Lisa Peters Art and is one of my absolute favorites to where but I have had no bracelet to match it. I am extremely happy with this set as well!
And finally I recently had the opportunity to work with Erin who is a blogger for Halcraft USA as well as her own blog Treasures Found. Erin has a monthly challenge she hosts choosing a palette and coordinating beads and asks designers to play along.
The bracelet came first in this set. And honestly I might have to make a couple more of these in different colors because I really like the way is wears. I had a heck of a time getting a necklace that would work for me. Finally I decided to just let it flow instead of fighting and I really love the way the necklace finished.
Do you like having sets of jewelry?