So when someone hands me an "excuse" for working with an art bead, I get almost giddy. That's what happened when Staci Louise asked me if I would be willing to create something with one of her donut beads in time for Bead Fest. Willing? Nah...more like thrilled! A chance to collaborate with a fellow donut fan and LMAJ member? Bring it on!
This super cool polymer clay creation arrived in my mailbox a few days later:
Now what? The first thing, at least for me, is usually to find a color palette to work with. The minute I saw the piece I knew I would be looking to my stash of round seed beads rather than to the more uniform (delicate) cylinder delicas I work with most often.
The first colors I pulled out worked, but didn't excite me.
Getting over the need for "contrast," and exchanging the light "snow cloud" grey with a warm bronze, made me much happier.
Once I had my colors, I could start beading. First was the bail, which I knew had to be substantial to stand up to the size and asymmetry of the focal.
And a substantial pendant seemed to demand a substantial rope.
Be well and get collaborating!
Carol Dean Sharpe