Are you in an innovative rut? Inspiration all dried out? Or perhaps you’re just seeking some new ideas to keep both inspiration and interest up! If any of those true for you, then you have come to the right place! If any of those apply to you, then you’ve come to the correct place! Below, you will find five beadwork ideas that might help kick start your imagination and get you creating again!
I’m writing this list with beaded necklaces in specially in mind, but the beadwork ideas presented here could be easily adapted to most any project you’ve an interest in. That is one of the excellent things about bead craft as a hobby! Its sheer versatility. You can spy a thought that is executed in one way (say, a ceiling fan pull chain), and with a small work and modification, simply transform it into anything completely new and different (a bracelet, necklace, or even a matched set!).
1 – If you have fallen into the habit of making single strand designs, branch out into fun multi-strand or wrap designs for a fresh point of view! Multi-strand designs add layers of complexity to your work, and can turn a more ordinary single-strand piece into anything truly extraordinary. It is a little trickier to pull off, but you could even try a “hybrid design,” one that starts off (at the clasp) as a single strand, branches out into a double, or perhaps even a triple, and then, since it winds its way around the neck, re-converges.
2 – Commit yourself to incorporating a color or style of bead you don’t normally use into your next design. This can be as simple as looking through your existing stock for those beads you often “pass over,” or taking a road trip to your local bead shop to see what’s new!
3 – Look for anything exotic! How about using some decorative Czech glass beads or Swarovski crystals in your next piece? It could take you in all sorts of new and different directions! (note: this can also get a little expensive, so use with care!)
4 – Commit yourself to learning a new method (i.e., “African Net”) this month! Anything that breaks up your “normal” method of doing things is bound to spark a slew of ideas! – There’s an almost unending number of methods to be learned, and every time Christina and I think we “know it all,” we find something new to try!
5 – Rather than stringing your next piece, investigate chains, and find ways to affix your designs onto gold or silver chains for a totally new look! – This takes the notion of “mixed medium” to the next level!
As the 5 suggestions above demonstrate, there are all sorts of things you can do, all types of new methods of looking at even existing beadwork ideas, to break out of a creative run, and these are really just the suggestion of the iceberg!
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