Well to be perfectly honest they choose me. A few years back my mother in law was destashing her craft room and gave me these tiny little beads and I thought “What am I going to do with these?” I had tried my hand at stringing but you will never see the results of that catastrophe! Walking through Walmart I spied a Beadwork magazine and there it was. Like a heavenly light! I was hooked. Then through Facebook I met and saw some of the most beautiful work I have ever seen and then the introduction of art beads and Yes there was another Heavenly light moment.
So that is the “Why” of how it began but I really want to show you the where the “Why” has taken me now with something that is currently on my tray.
It starts with inspiration
In this case it is a Marsha Neal
pendant square. Look at the colors and the glazing.
The fun part about seeds is that there are so many colors and gradients that matching those together is so easy. You see the pendant. For me sometimes I am not confident in choosing a random color combination but with an inspiration piece like this there is that “I never would have thought to use peach and terracotta together but look how they totally work.
So now here is where I start choosing beads to match. I do not have a very substantial stash but I do have a diverse one so here are the beads I decided on.
Next I always like to add a different bead into the mix and the seed bead manufacturers have made that so easy with so many different shapes and sizes. Here is my surprise factor.
These are called either farfalle or peanut beads. Aren’t they fun? So now I have to decide how best to showcase the beads and how to enhance that gorgeous pendant. Here is what I have so far.
This rope is called a Russian Spiral. I like this rope for it’s flow and feel but also that I can morph it with beads of all shapes.
So that is the “Why” I continue to love playing with seed beads. So now tell me your “Why I choose…”