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This Egyptian Necklace on display at the Art Institute in Chicago is a great source of inspiration

This Egyptian Necklace on display at the Art Institute in Chicago is a great source of inspiration

Beadphoria often hears the question “where can I find inspiration for my beading?” Here are a few ideas that Beadphoria relies on when working through an inspiration challenge.

Let your wardrobe be your guide – Chose a colorful favorite top or an outfit that could use some new life with a new piece of jewelry! Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria’s first published piece “The Desert and the Ocean” was inspired by a patterned silk top that had a mix of aqua, brown, and off white.

Focus on a Focal – A strong pendant or vibrant focal bead can help guide you with color choices. They may give you ideas to mix colors you hadn’t thought of.

Come together! – Getting together with other beaders in a beading class will help you by seeing other people’s work. Their color mixes might be just what you are looking for. Also, your fellow jewelry artists might be able to give you advice to keep your creativity flowing.

Look to the past – Museums are a great place to find new ideas from old masters. Paintings and sculptures can challenge your perspective and enable you to see things in a new light. Some museums even have entire collections devoted to jewelry!

What are some sources you use for beading inspiration? Please share your comment below.

If you have any questions about beading, or beading inspiration, feel free to contact me directly at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com . Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of www.Beadphoria.com .