Kids as Inspiration

We’re definitely a family of beaders, and often I get inspired by watching my daughters work on their projects.  My eight-year-old recently designed this multi-strand necklace.

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She came up with the design, and we worked together to find the components that she needed to put it together.  While she needed a bit of help to attach the wire, she strung the beads and put on the clasp by herself.

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I personally thought it was an elegant necklace and liked her decision to pair the gold chain (I’m not sure if it shows up in the photo, but there are two different kinds) with the white glass pearls.

As I mentioned, my daughters’ jewelry is frequently one of my sources of inspiration.  Now she’s got me thinking of multi-strand necklaces using chain….

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Quick Multi-Strand Beaded Bracelet

This bracelet is one of my most recent projects.  I’ve been inspired by the recent trends in mixing different textures and bright colors.  In addition, I especially love making bracelets because these are a quick project and don’t require very many beads.  In fact, I mostly used whatever beads I had in my stash (amethysts, red agate, and pearls) and bought the gold and turquoise beads from Michael’s during one of their weekly sales.

Beaded Bracelet 1

Once I figured out the beads that I actually wanted to use together in this piece, the whole bracelet came together really quick.  It took me about an hour from start to finish.  Because the beads ended up being a little heavy, I strung them onto Soft Flex and used some sterling silver crimp beads and a two ring tube clasp to finish it off.

Beaded Bracelet 2

I like the feel of this bracelet when I wear it and it has become one of my new favorite pieces.  Given that there are so many colors in it, I can wear it with lots of different outfits!  Beaded Bracelet 3 Beaded Bracelet 4

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