My studio window offers inspiration aplenty:
How can you not be inspired by this Mama cat who had three babies with her. …look closely, you can see the legs of one of them. I have a series of pictures tagged as “studio-view.” This is one from August 2013. I thumbed through my views as I sat down at the workbench.
A picture perfect day in which to play beads. My goal, to develop a flowing, perfect arm party, took off from one of those images – the scene to the right of my workbench.
A random assemblage of rounds, oblongs and rectangles in green and brown jasper painted my desert landscape perfectly. I was especially happy with the little pewter fish bead, even though it’s not a native animal in this part of the world. Six strands felt right on my arm. A pewter lobster clasp with adjustable chain completed the creation.
A thought flashed: “I like this kind of arm party.”
Arm Party is a favored topic, one I’ve discussed in past posts. Originally the phrase referred to single strand bracelets, but that’s changed.
Of course, you can pile ‘em on…wear three to four, five, six or more bracelet strands at once. What if you could just incorporate several strands into one dynamite piece?
Aha! Back to the workbench! The dress up version of my arm party features gold colored, luminescent, freshwater pearls and size 11 seed beads. Four strands are accented with gold findings and a bling-y, oh-so-fun clasp.
Although I liked my four-strand version, I wanted something bigger. In the back of my mind I remember a sign from the flea market:
While this combination might not work for everyone, it said “happy” to me. My middle strand includes a beautiful dark brown macramé cord. Because of the flexibility of the macramé, it molds perfectly to the arm, offering comfort as well as style. I’m wearing it as I write.
Color me laughing-out-loud delighted!
What will nature inspire for you during your studio afternoon?