Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments!
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This weeks winner is Staci Louise! You have won simple truths pendant from Erin Prais-Hintz! Email Erin to claim your prize.
Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio today!
Butterflies & Brambles
Today I’m going to share a little challenge I set up for myself.
I was at Hobby Lobby last week and heard the bead siren call coming from this purple artistic wire. It was so pretty in the spool. It was singing of spring and blossoms and well that was a tune I wanted to hear.
At first I envisioned creating some kind of wire nests with it. But after a few tries, they looked like something that belonged in an Easter basket and not my vibe. So I went back to the drawing table. Determined that I would transform it into something ‘humble-ly’.
As you can see from the two photos my first order of business was to change the focal beads. Eggs and light purple wire – the only song they sing are “Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping…” Well, you get the picture. So I traded the nest pendant for one of my earthy butterflies pendants.
I then decided to create purple wire links that were joined with Vintaj brass colored wire. Now they are playing my song. So while I loved the wire on the spool, it was not my aesthetic once I tried to work it. Combining it with components and elements that were more my style helped transform it into something I could actually wear.
Some of my new beads – yes, it is spring here in Texas.
I’m hoping to spread some of the sunshine to those with snow still on the ground.
So my question for your today is what material have you fought with in your jewelry design and either won or lost? (I might mention I used almost the whole spool of wire on my failed – I mean learning – attempts!) Leave a comment and one lucky winner will win one of my Butterfly Pendants.