Some people get involved with jewelry making to work with beautiful shiny materials like gold, and sparkly gemstones, and rich pearls. Sure, I like all of those things too, but I have always been more drawn to earth tones and raw materials instead of highly polished things. I use a little bit of everything, I have sort of trained myself to work with almost any bead I can get my hands on. Part of this came from working in bead and jewelry stores for so many years, making things that the customers requested and desired. This included many bridal pieces, filled with so many crystals that it made my eyes hurt from the sparkle. But I learned to be well versed in what people wanted, and knew how to make those things to suit their needs.
Now that I work for myself, I am a bit more likely to embrace the things that I like best, and seek to find customers who also like these things. Actually that is one of my business philosophies, I guess. I try to explore my own creativity and engross myself in the things that I love, without worrying too much about how they will be received. I have had enough experience in my career to know that I will find an audience, somewhere and somehow, if I follow my own creative voice and keep making new and original things to the best of my ability.
I am reflecting on these thoughts after opening my surprise package from Rings and Things, which had some lovely and colorful new very pretty Swarovski crystal colors. But what I really got excited about was the pile of chunky, earthy brown lava beads shown above. MMM beads that look like lava and mud! What more can a potter ask for? I can't wait to work with them... I am seriously delighted! I think they will work well with one of my dark earthy scarabs, like the one above. But I have other ideas too, and I am eagerly awaiting the time when I can spend an afternoon playing with them. Hopefully soon!