Bracelet Story

These are the finished pictures of the bracelet. Two different views to give you an idea of what it looks like. That is what I normally show you...that's the normal. When I was making the bracelet yesterday, I thought it might be kinda of kewl to do a series of how the transformation takes place.

The Beginning

The below is how it starts, the gathering phase. This is the hardest for me...I have to chose colors and select beads. During the time, I have to keep a mental picture of what I want to create. Kinda looks like a bead pilaf...mmm, how the creative mind works. If you look on the far right corner of my bead tray, there's a beady person. Made from fire and glass…a kindred spirit watching over the bead tray. (This is supposed to interject a bit of humor, not get me carted off to the happy farm and be given some happy juice...I'm happy enough, thank you.)

The Selection

Below, I made these lampwork beads a while ago. They have been sitting quietly on my desk waiting patiently to fulfill their destiny. I think it’s very bead’s dream to be praised for their color, shape, and potential in art jewelry. Some of them make the cut and some of them don’t. Who knows, there might be bead support groups for those that didn’t get chosen by the jewelry designers? What can you do to prevent bead anxiety? Use artisan made beads! Give them the place in your creations that they deserve!

The Placement

Here’s the lampwork bead pizzazz placement. It’s just a boring bracelet in this phase.

Beady Excitement

It's lookin' better below....I think that the textured fringe is working out well. We got some beady excitement rollin' here.


It's lookin' MUCH better...I'm getting the groove happenin'. It's just about done.

You can feel the beady excitement....I can hear the crescendo in the background. I can hear little high-pitched voices (think flying monkeys here) in the background, singing:

You know you make me wanna (Shout!)...Kick my heels up and (Shout!)...Throw my hands up and (Shout!)....Throw my head back and (Shout!)....Come on now....Don't forget to say you will....Don't forget to say....Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.....Say you will....Say you will!

That's all there is folks! The finished piece is the first two pictures.

Ya know...I've got to get out of the studio more! Maybe I'm just too happy.

Have a happy(?) and creative day. (What do the beady voices tell you to do?)