Kids as Great Beaders

I wanted to continue with the theme from the previous post in which I mentioned that kids can be an amazing source of inspiration in your own jewelry designs.  I recently bought some beautiful beads on a whim with no plans to use them in a project–I just loved the colors and the “sparkle.”  They sat for a few weeks and I couldn’t figure out how I wanted to use them. I asked my thirteen-year-old daughter if she could help me make a statement necklace.  We have a few bins of miscellaneous beads, so we set them out and this is what she put together.  I LOVE this necklace!  She was able to showcase the individual beads, follow the color scheme, and design a piece that I enjoy wearing.

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Kids are often so much more uninhibited and experimental in their design choices.  I really like seeing what they are able to come up with.  Often they create color combinations or designs ideas that I wouldn’t necessarily think of.  The kids can go to the bins of odds and ends beads whenever they feel like beading and some of their best designs have come from this hodge-podge.

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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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