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I’ve gone from a deserted waste land of inspiration (approriate for the hot summer we’re having here in the Northeastern part of the US) to an almost overwhelming surge of ideas. I’m grateful to my fellow ABS contributors for throwing a few ideas my way when I was feeling I had none. How did I find inspiration again? I came by inspiration in a couple of different ways. One way came to me via an unexpected route and the second way I actively sought out.
I unexpectedly found inspiration in Heather Power’s posts on Facebook for a fall retreat she’ll be hosting. Heather’s beads are always gorgeous! I say unexpectedly because I don’t usually work in polymer clay. On this particular day I found Heather’s beautiful photos were just the inspiration I needed. The photos reminded me of some pieces I had created last year when I had dabbled in polymer. I decided to pull out the polymer bin and take a look at those pieces.
Some of the pieces I created last year, some of them are newly created. I baked the new pieces and added color to all. Adding color was quite fun. I used alchohol inks I had on hand.
I was thinking these would make a cute pair of earrings paired with lampwork beads.
Or perhaps paired with these?
Dragonfly pendant in reverse blues.
Sleepy Owl pendant.
A day with polymer was just what I needed. Feeling inspired again I decided to hop on over to the Patone site and look into the 2014 fall color palette
I took the color palette to the torch. Working with the Radiant Orchid, Sangria and Royal Blue in mind I created this set.
Inspired by the Royal Blue, Aluminum and maybe a little bit of Misted Yellow I created this pair of spacer beads which I’m naming Silvered Royals.
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Ema Kilroy is a lampworker and metalsmith living and working in Central Massachusetts.