...or what happens when a good idea doesn't work out...
It's time for the January Art Jewelry Elements component challenge! This month we decided (since many of us had new years resolutions to make things we've been putting off for ages) that we would focus on using the stash of art beads we've all accumulated. Deciding what I wanted to work on this month was easy! Months ago I asked my friend Sue of SueBeads to hook me up with a few of her little robin's egg beads. I had this awesome idea to make a beaded nest, nestled in a beaded tree as a necklace.
Just look at these little gorgeous eggs! I was so excited when they arrived (in a package full of other goodies...thanks again Sue!). I have been thinking since then exactly how to make the nest...but the rest of the necklace eluded me. I thought that maybe inspiration would hit while I was working...
As you can see, the piece is not finished. I was really happy with the nest...before I started any of the other beadwork.
Part of my problem is that there's not enough contrast in all the browns...you can't see the nest as a separate element from the rest of the "tree". I had been struggling with stitching the tree out of seed beads when I decided wood beads might give me a change in texture. Well, they did that...but it's still a big lump of brown...
I'm so disappointed! Partially because I don't have a completed piece to show you, but also because I'm just not happy with the direction that it's taking. So what do I do when this happens? In this case...I think I'm going to strip off all the beadwork so that I have just the nest and eggs left. Then ... think some more. Perhaps a leather tree? Perhaps no tree at all, but rather leaves and flowers? Perhaps the nest should not be in the middle...but more on one side? I don't know yet, but it's definitely something I'm thinking about.
I know I'm not the only one with design struggles like this. Sometimes the original idea just doesn't come together like it is in your head. Sometimes you can't figure out how to execute what's in your head. Sometimes what's in your head just doesn't look good in real life. On this necklace I think it's a bit of a combination of all three problems. What do you do when you hit stumbling blocks like this?
Don't forget to check out the rest of the blog hop! Everyone has really been pushing themselves to try new things and use their favorite components out of their stash this month. You can follow the links below, or hop on over to the Art Jewelry Elements blog and follow from there. I might not be the only latecomer, so don't forget to check back!
PS, don't miss my post tomorrow over on the AJE blog, and we are also posting the reveal for the Beading Back in Time blog hop challenge tomorrow. Lots going on! Hope to see you then!
AJE team:Lindsay Starr (you are here!)Guest Participants ( aka winners)Lee - Strega JewellryShai - Shai’s RamblingsSamantha- Wescott JewelryKathy - Bay Moon DesignsNikki - Silver Nik natsYvette - Blue Kiln BeadsKarin - Ginko et CoquelicotBonus participants!Christine walker