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Beading Ideas! – 5 Techniques To Increase Your Creativity Effortlessly

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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Convenient Ways To Test Bead Craft And Patterning: Starter Guide To Newbie

One of the most intricate and tricky aspects of bead craft is the notion of patterning. The human eye reflexively seeks out & identifies patterns, and our brains are designed to parse data in smaller, easily ordered chunks. Therefore, the reason phone numbers, social security numbers, and the like are broken into smaller chunks: 555-1212 vs. 5551212.

Oftentimes, a novice to the world of beadwork will be tempted to simply use whatever is on hand, and the results will be haphazard randomness. Now, it’s true that this approach can sometimes yield attractive results. There is, however, a rising body of proof indicating that symmetry and identifiable patterns are one of the keys to defining what we see and recognize as “beauty.” A student of bead craft would do fine to take these lessons to heart, which brings us back ’round to the significance of patterning as it relates to your beadwork.

Beadwork patterns could be as simple or as multifaceted as you would care to make them, though I would suggest simpler designs for the novice, with rising difficulty as a natural addition of experience. And don’t think that an easy pattern will produce unattractive outcome! The easiest pattern of all is 1-1-1, best embodied by the classic strand of pearls. Easy. Elegant. Timeless.

Still, many people get into bead craft as a form of self expression, and among the methods that expression manifests itself in the interest is through the magic of the pattern.

Some people (both novices and veterans in the bead craft world) spend hours upon hours testing with arrangements until they hit upon anything that’s really compelling. More general though, especially to those new to beadwork, is a feeling of intimidation. This is unlucky, but the overwhelming most of hobbyists will outgrow that fear as they obtain more bead craft experience.

Still, if you’ve recently taken up beadwork as a hobby and find yourself struggling with the difficulty of developing your own patterns, you can get a lots of sites on the web offering bead craft pattern ideas and illustrations. Make use of these in your designs, and before very long, you’ll probably find yourself thinking, “I like this pattern, but would not it be neat if…” and almost before you know it, you’ll be on your way to creating your own, wholly exclusive beadwork.

Anyone can, in a matter of minutes, learn the essential mechanics of bead craft, but the real artistry, and the portion that takes longer to master, is learning the art of patterning. My advice to beginners would be simply this: Try developing bead craft patterns on your own, but don’t force it. If it’s something you are struggling with, search out bead craft resource web sites on the web for pattern ideas and practice with those. Sooner or later, something will “click” inside your head, and you will find yourself branching out in your own way.

Patience and practice. These are the real keys to mastering the craft, and coming up with original, innovative beadwork.

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Beading Ideas! – 5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Are you in a creative rut? Inspiration all dried up? Or maybe you’re just looking for some new ideas to keep both inspiration and interest up! If any of those apply to you, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll find 5 beading ideas that might help kick start your imagination and get you creating again!

I’m writing this list with beaded necklaces in particular in mind, but the ideas presented here could be easily adapted to most any project you have an interest in. That’s one of the great things about bead craft as a hobby! Its sheer versatility. You can spy an idea that has been executed in one way (say, a ceiling fan pull chain), and with a little work and modification, easily transform it into something entirely new and different (a bracelet, necklace, or even a matched set!).

1 – If you’ve fallen into the habit of making single strand designs, branch out into fun multi-strand or wrap designs for a fresh perspective! Multi-strand designs add layers of complexity to your work, and can turn a rather ordinary single-strand piece into something truly extraordinary. It’s 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, as 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 generally “pass over,” or taking a road trip to your local bead shop to see what’s new!

3 – Try something exotic! How about using some decorative Czech glass beads or Swarovski crystals in your next piece? This 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 technique (i.e., “African Net”) this month! Anything that breaks up your “usual” way of doing things is bound to spark a slew of ideas! – There’s an almost unending number of techniques to be learned, and every time Christina and I think we “know it all,” we find something new to try!

5 – Instead of stringing your next piece, investigate chains, and find ways to affix your designs onto gold or silver chains for a completely new look! – This takes the notion of “mixed medium” to the next level!

As the five tips above demonstrate, there are all sorts of things you can do, all sorts of new ways of looking at even existing beading ideas, to break out of a creative run, and these are really just the tip of the iceberg!

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