Transforming Jewelry with Unexpected Finds
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Every artist/designer I know finds beauty in nature. There's the most obvious beauty: a pristine Caribbean seashore, fall in New England, your local craft store. You expect to find beauty there. But what about the uncommon places? Sometimes you have to search deeply, but unexpected beauty can be the most joyful of all. As artists and jewelry designers, it's critical to train your eye to see unexpected beauty. And what is beauty anyway? It's completely subjective, so, what is beautiful to you may not be to your buddies (such as lava lamps and pink flamingos). The range of beauty in jewelry making is as wide as the western plains. And I'd like to share with you some of my latest unexpected beauty finds to spark your creativity so you'll open your eyes to possibilities you may have not thought of before.
I found loads of goodies great for jewelry making buried within the aisles of these stores. You need to dig a bit-and put on your creativity cap while you peruse these treasure troves.
Go beyond your familiar jewelry-making component aisle. Even if you don't sew, pop into one of these from time to time. Look at everything with a jewelry designer's eye and you'll be surprised how many potential jewelry-making components you'll find.
It's great to think outside the box and look for beauty in unexpected places when creating original jewelry. I've given you a few ideas here. Candy Cooper has some other great ideas and she shows you how to create beauty with the most unexpected materials such as wood and acrylic in her new DVD Remixed Media: Making Custom Beads and Pendants with Acrylic and Wood. It's fascinating watching her ingenuity with such basic materials. Very fresh, inspiring, and innovative! Have fun.
The best is yet to bead!