Looking at Beaded Jewelry Design From a Fresh Perspective

Monreale Necklace by Maggie Meister

Beaded jewelry design. Friends always look at my finished pieces and ask me, "How do you do it?"

My answer: "You just do it."

The first time I set out to create an original beaded jewelry design, it just came to me. I didn't struggle with it — the finished piece just presented itself so clearly in my mind that the beads almost picked themselves when I sat down to start stitching. It was such a wonderful experience, designing and stitching that necklace, and the final result is what landed me my first published piece in the pages of Beadwork magazine.

Crystal Cage Earrings by Lucy Joan King

But it's not always that easy every time I set out to design. Just like anything else, when you set out to create a new beaded jewelry design, you have to be willing to learn to let go of certain things. You have to be willing to stay open and flexible. Do you feel like you need a little bit of a fresh perspective to help your own beaded jewelry designs along? Here are three ideas to help you find your way back on the path to designing your own beaded jewelry:

Look around for your inspiration. You can find inspiration for beaded jewelry designs from nature; from sources like old fashion magazines, auction house catalogs that feature jewelry; fine and 2-dimensional art; music; books; anything that strikes you! This is where keeping an open mind comes in handy — you never know where inspiration will come from, so it's always best to approach things with an inquisitive mind.

Stay flexible. When choosing your beads and materials, don't immediately rule out a certain type or color of bead. As you work, you might have to do a little bit (or a lot) of frog stitch (rippit, rippit), and you might be pleasantly surprised at how substituting one bead for another can improve you whole design!

Make it a celebration. Whatever you do, make your time spent beading a celebration. Bead with friends (sometimes, two heads are better than one!), put on your favorite music or movie in the background, have some healthy snacks, and just make yourself comfortable. Beading should be where you find your joy, and your passion. If you must, set out a (small) bowl of your favorite kind of chocolate or your favorite fruit so that you associate the sweetness with the time spent with your beads.

Think about it like this: all those amazing beaded jewelry designs that you see in the pages of Beadwork magazine were designed by people who started out the same as you. It's not always a smooth ride from first inspiration to your final destination with a piece of finished jewelry, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the ride!

Crystal Waltz Bracelet by Monique De Boer

Check out all the great beaded jewelry designs in the pages of Beadwork magazine. Did you miss a couple of issues last year? For a limited time, you can stock up on select print back issues of Beadwork magazine for less than $2 per issue! Enjoy page after page of great beaded jewelry projects, product reviews, beading techniques, and more. It's my favorite way to follow trends in beaded jewelry design, see how designers are using all the new bead shapes, discover new bead artists, and learn new beading techniques. Take a look at all the great deals in the Beading Daily Shop during the Virtual Summer Tent Sale, and save up to 75% on your favorite beading resources!

What do you do when you feel like your beaded jewelry designs have just hit the doldrums? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your stories, thoughts, and ideas with us!

Bead Happy,


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