My creativity seems to come in spurts. I have days where I struggle to come up with fresh ideas, and I have learned the hard way that creativity is something that can't be forced, those designs usually end up in the "what was I thinking?" pile, only to be dismantled and recreated. When my imagination seems to be on vacation, I try a variety of "easy fixes" like cleaning house (yes, this actually works for me!) or straightening my work area. I keep several beading boards handy when putting away stray leftover beads, because I have found that when I am sorting through my "stash" of supplies, ideas will come to me faster than I can create them.
A trip to my local bead store is always a quick cure. It amazes me that each time I visit the store, something different catches my eye. The beads may have been there all along, but I didn't notice them until this trip. Very rarely do I leave the store without fresh ideas and new color combinations.
The designs I love the most come from ideas sketched on a pad that I carry with me on outings. Trips to the mountains, beautiful sunsets, a painting that intrigues me, produce the most unique jewelry designs. The end product gives me the most satisfaction because it's filled with memories.
I was intrigued by the mystery of inspiration, and curious about how other jewelry designers use their imagination in their pieces. I researched artisans from the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers Guild on ArtFire and found a variety of gorgeous handmade designs. What inspired each piece may surprise you.
"Entrapted" by . This One-Of-A-Kind design was inspired by emotion. "We all feel different sometimes. We all feel trapped in a tower of blandness. We all feel like the red flower among the silver."
on this design.