I thought you might like to see my bead soup design piles.
Safety first! So designing some beads to go with some of the awesome stuff Mary sent me made me work with materials I usually don't, like enamels.
Here was the paper that inspired me. This was actually the second design in my head, but you know inspiration. It can come from anywhere even if you had started being inspired by something else.
Here is the pile of beads I had going for this piece. Don't worry, I didn't spoil the surprise, it ended up WAY different! lol.
Here is what's on my table today! I busted out the silver leaf, reduction frit and even fumed a few beads(didn't really work like I thought). After wasting 2 full sheets of silver leaf, I packed up the fuming for another time. On the far right you can see a mandrel with my test bead spacers trying to decide which colors would suit the pendant best.
Mary sent me 2 toggle bars so I decided to be a snot and make both work :D I decided to take the "art" bar off of the first project I made and use the really pretty custom bar that Miss Fickle Media specially makes for Mary. Her pieces really are quite amazing in person. I was impressed with the ultra thick coating of enamel on the toggle bar! Very awesome!
Here is what Mary has on her bead table. Mary is a fabulous bead stitcher , so I can't wait to see what she makes with my discs! :D
I hope everyone else is having as amazing of a time designing as I am!