Saturday, July 09, 2011

Finished The Pearl Bracelet

I finally finished the pearl bracelet. After making a few toggles and ripping them apart because I didn't like them, I finally made one that I think works well with the bracelet. Take a look.

Here are some close-ups of just the toggle.

(that curved piece of white in the pic above is the edge of a bead with light shining on it, it is NOT a piece of thread. I double-checked the bracelet after I saw the pic.)
It feels good to have the project finished and all the scraps and beads off my beading table so that I can focus on something else. Like my Russian Spiral...thanks for the suggestions, Mandy. I still haven't decided what I'm going to do with it.

I really don't know how bead designers come up with all their ideas. I've tried just envisioning things in my head and I've tried putting all the beads I want to use on my tray, but no great ideas ever pop into my head. I really want to start beading my own designs and stop using patterns, but there are days (well, most days) when I think that will never happen. I feel like I'm always going to be a second rate beader, always just following someone else's patterns.

When I bead, I try to fully understand the stitch in my head, not just to follow the pattern, but to understand why a bead here or a bead there makes a difference. And I can change up a pattern with different beads until it looks nothing like the original. But I'm not satisfied. I want to sit down with some beads and thread, and just make something of my own creation. I mean, I made the toggle clasp, that was my own, but that was simple. I want to design a bracelet, and I just don't get how to do it. Maybe creative people have a special gene that I'm missing, or something. I guess I'll just keep working at it. Possibly one of these days it'll click. I hope.



Anonymous said...

Cat your bracelet is lovely!!! I'm glad you tried the Russian Spiral, I just love that thing! hee hee. Andy I totally agree with you on the designing thing. But I feel like you, until can completely understand the mechanics of a the stitches, I can't come up with my own. So I keep plugging along with my daily lessons, and it really is helping. Alot. I'm getting to the point where I can look at something and copy it without to much problem, which really helps me understand how to think on my own. Maybe the next step is something on my own!

Amy's said...

Perfect toggle for this beautiful bracelet
I really like it