Lost Your Jewelry Making Mojo?
Have you ever heard about the Hindu deity called Saraswati? Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of creativity, and she gets a lot less attention than her sisters Lakshmi (goddess of abundance) and Durga (goddess of protection). When you feel the urge to go on a jewelry-making binge and your beading projects are just flowing together effortlessly and with joy, that’s the energy of Saraswati flowing through you!
I’ve been experiencing a huge surge in my creativity lately, showing up in everything from my jewelry making projects to my creative nonfiction writing. Even when I just sing to myself for no reason other than it makes me feel good, I can feel the creative energy flowing through me. This is the time when I can take out old projects and get them finished, while making plans for trying new jewelry making techniques.
Is your creative energy feeling a little blocked when it comes to your jewelry making projects? Sometimes the best way to bust out of a creative block is to try something totally new!
If you’re like me, you probably have an entire drawer (or two, but who’s counting?) of jewelry making findings. Every time I go through those drawers, I find something that makes me think, what on earth did I buy THIS for? And how am I going to use it now? Well, Michelle Mach’s awesome book, Unexpected Findings, has more than 50 ways to use those jewelry findings that might otherwise collect dust in the corner of a drawer. After making a few of the projects in this book, you’ll never look at your collection of findings in the same way again!
Another great way to get your creative jewelry making mojo flowing again is to try incorporating new kinds of beading supplies into your projects. Bohemian Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel is another classic beading book to have handy if you’re interested in learning how to use leather cord, ribbon, buttons, and all kinds of fun findings in your jewelry making projects.
And finally, what could be more creative than designing and making your own pendants, charms, and clasps for your beading and jewelry making projects? Melinda Barta’s Custom Cool Jewelry has more than 200 beautiful jewelry making projects that are fun and easy to make. I’ve always loved personalizing my jewelry making projects by creating custom components and findings, and this book is one of my favorite resources for inspiring beading projects.
Best of all, you can save an extra 30% on all of these eBooks using the coupon code FANDF30 before October 23, 2015!
What do you do when you want to get your creative jewelry making mojo flowing again? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your tips with us!