Friday, February 10, 2012

Stumbling into new territory……………..


By Staci L. Smith

Making beads to sell is still fairly new to me.  

 It’s been a wonderful experience, though I often feel like I am stumbling around, going, “oh, this is cool” or “I’d like to try that”, but mostly saying, “I wonder if this will work?”.  But the stumbling is good.  Stumbling leads to experimenting, which leads to creativity, and gives a freedom I don’t get from solely making jewelry.  I am wonderfully free to create, and I don’t have to think of how I will use this, or if it fits my jewelry style.  I can just make it and sell it to someone who knows just what to do with it.

Here is the latest “stumbling” I have done. 



Polymer with crackle glaze.










Click on the photos to view them closer, so you can really see the crackle- its the best part.


I am sure I have said this before, but jump (or stumble).  You never know where you will land.  And you can always jump back if you don't like it.  BUT, you just may love it.

I am having a blast. 


9 comments:

mairedodd said...

i love the crackle effect and on your work - especially on the color - it seems so unexpected and great! you are right, making components really frees the brain from the finished jewelry product... and instead you get to focus upon those pieces all by themselves... and then let someone else play...

Roberta said...

I agree. Making the components really frees one's brain up to try new things!
I love the crackle! Any chance of a tutorial? I'd love to know how to do that.

Penny said...

I love the crackle effect, your stumbling is bringing out winning results.

Patty said...

Such vibrant color, and whimsical designs...you're clearly in your element, Staci, and it shows! Nice work. :-)

sharon said...

These are beautiful! Love them!

Lola said...

This is what I call stumbling with style! Aaaaah . . . if only I could stumble so beautifully. I love the idea of creating for the sake of creating. You've got me thinking . . .

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I totally agree with you.... You won't know unless you try! I've tried so many different things.... some I love, some I learned it just wasn't my thing. Lovin' the crackle, Staci!
MaryAnn

dreaminofbeads / SAS Jewelry Designs said...

Beautiful beads....how great when an idea works out so well. I am just starting to work with polymer clay and you gave me even more inspiration...thanks!
Sonya

artybecca said...

the hearts are very appealing...I am sure you will sell many!

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