September 4, 2014 2 min to read

My Beginning With Beading

Category : Beginners and Beads, Uncategorized

There are a lot of little details to be found in modern bead work that I hadn’t been aware of until recently.  Actually if I’m being perfectly honest, I haven’t really had much of an interest in them for most of my life until I recently started doing a bit of research on them.  I think I might have to start considering buying up a large amount of different kinds of beads en masse just to see what I can do with them…

blue-glass-bead

This photo (© to Daniel Stockman) of a really intricate set up around a blue bead is particularly interesting, don’t you think?

That picture is exactly what I’m talking about!  I didn’t know that beads could have some kind of crazy crystalline attachments to it and have that kind of swirling change of colors inside and outside of the body of the bead itself.  Now I’m not surprised that beads are relatively inexpensive, thankfully, since they’re so small.  Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how exactly to implement different sorts of beads into something interesting.  Even a cool set of beads could be made to look tacky if they’re misused and set up improperly on a piece of clothing. I’m imagining trying to jazz up a friend’s purse or clothing with some beads only to have them be completely disappointed or trying to begrudgingly accept the gift despite feeling like the thing is absolutely hideous! The Newest trend in Yoga is Mala beads with designers making Mala necklaces that combine gemstones imbued with potent energies and sacred meaning to infuse your practice.

beaded-neckpiece

Now this is more like it!  This photo (© to Cliff) features a much more fashionable set of bead work in a neck piece.

I’m not much of a craftsman when it comes to beading or leather working or cloth crafting or anything of that nature if I’m being completely honest.  But I think after seeing what a bunch of safety pins and some other resources (the really expensive ones like time, energy and patience!)  I’m pretty sure it’s not impossible even for someone like me who feels like they were born with two left hands, to get into beading and learn how to make something that doesn’t just look good, but actually looks like it was made the way it looks naturally without such a pretentious intention behind it.  I suppose experimentation and figuring out what style of my own I like to employ is a big factor and developing (then cultivating and honing!) that sense of taste and skill is the next step.  I don’t know if this is helpful for your thought process dear reader but it’s certainly been helpful for me!