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« on: July 12, 2010 10:16:41 PM »

You guys, I've been blessed with lots and lots of lovely beads, wire, tools, buttons, chain, findings... and yet I'm completely uninspired. Honestly.
I've tried browsing etsy, craftster, google, and online bead stores for project inspiration but I just can't get inspired! I don't know what's wrong with me!
I've included a picture of (most of) my stash so maybe someone can help me get out of this slump.

Also, I just bought some MORE beads, nylon thread, cameos, and headpins at artbeads.com. Heh heh...

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010 05:11:20 AM »

i heard a thing in the context of dolls and their clothes, like you shouldn't be inspired from other dolls to make or design your dolls, cos if you do that everyone will just all repeat each other.  she said it's better to get inspiration from human fashion or art or stories... i think it was HERE.  so maybe you could get your inspiration from your favorite -or least favorite- school of art, or from architecture, or from literature, or from nature... you see what i mean?

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010 05:17:32 AM »

looking at what you have there i'd make some fun things, bright and summery things, maybe something inspired by the sea (looking at the blue and green beads)

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010 06:08:10 AM »

I sometimes go to the Barnes & Noble or Borders with a sketchbook and look at all the latest beading magazines and books and sketch out ideas that come to me. Other times I go to the library and browse the jewelry section. Most of my beads are in little boxes or baggies, so sometimes I will spread everything on the floor and group random things together until I get combos I like. I also get inspiration from photos that I find online or in magazines (not bead projects, just fashion photo shoots, landscapes, nature, whatever), or color combinations I find in nature. You might also try writing down some themes or colors and throw them in a hat, draw out 2 or 3, and try to combine them somehow. That is sort of how I did the "Revenge at Sunset" bracelet. I knew I wanted to do a pirate ship on the sea, but I didn't want to do traditional ocean colors of blues and greens. That challenge led me to the colors of sunset reflected in the water. Thinking of that, maybe you could look at the jewelry challenge theme suggestions and try out some of those.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2010 10:15:42 AM »

Thanks guys. That helps!

« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2010 12:31:17 AM »

Make it specifically for someone. They don't even have to exist... make it for someone who is the complete opposite of you, who loves things you don't and who is perhaps a centaur.

I find I get into a rut because I love the same three colours in the same three ways. Currently I'm using my local area for inspiration (coastal Scotland) so I'm doing lots of heathery hill and with rough sea/shell/beachglass/driftwood type things. At first I approached it as 'things I could sell to tourists' but it became a sort of storyboard for where I live...


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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2010 04:06:14 PM »

Go to a bead show.

Or go to a bead store and look at all the stuff people are wearing rather than what is being sold.

Those help spark my muse.

Good luck!

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