Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Perfect Bead

by Patty Lakinsmith

Now that I'm up and rolling in my new studio space, I'm thinking a lot about new bead designs. Since I wear two different hats, that of a bead maker and a jewelry designer, I started thinking about what I would do if I had to choose or make the perfect bead. What would it be like?

Would it be large, and self-supporting as a work of art on its own, or would it quietly add interest to other beads? Would it be round, or some other shape? Would it give its user a number of choices when it came time to using it in a jewelry design, or would its one purpose be obvious and well thought out?

Would it be soft to the touch, or prickly, or smooth? Would it be in a color that played well with others, or would it shout out loud that it was unique, and vibrant?

Would it make you remember an occasion, or think of what you ate for dinner, or would it remind you of a dear friend? Would it be heavy, or light? Would it make you laugh, or cry, or draw your eyes in for another look?

I don't know if I could describe just one perfect bead. But maybe you can.

5 comments:

Jenni said...

I think about that perfect bead sometimes, but so far it has totally eluded me. I always think the next one will be it...!Ha!
Jenni

MaCarroll Beads said...

The perfect bead to me would be one that has sentimental value. I probably wouldn't recognize it, however, until it came out of the kiln and I would know that this one will stay with me.

D'Arsie Manzella said...

The perfect bead for me would be ancient. I would find it washed up on the ocean shore. A gift from the bead goddess~

mairedodd said...

asking the grey area queen - there is no perfect bead... it ALL DEPENDS! :0) for me, it wouldn't be shiny, it would reflect the passage of time and the elements... it could hold a secret (like your hollows) - yes, i like that...

VanBeads said...

My perfect bead? It would have to be a remembrance of the day I gave birth to my son. And of course, it would have to be pretty darn big, since he was 11 lbs. 2 oz.! And it would make me laugh every time I looked at it, and it would remind me that difficult things often result in wonderful treasures.

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