That's not to say I don't use the creations in the pages of these magazines as inspiration. I am all about the eye candy and its power to get my creative brain clicking. The influence of parts and pieces and components will show up in my final pieces, often mutated from the original after I've wrestled with them for a while.
One night, while surfing around on pinterest (like I needed another online pastime to suck hours out of the day...), I found these fabulous bracelets by Gina Dunlap.
The bracelets were featured in the October 2009 issue of Bead and Button, which I know I have, buried somewhere in the epic piles of magazines I talked about earlier. Not being brave enough to excavate the epic piles (seriously, people, it's ridiculous) I looked at the photo and dove in to figure it out myself.
Here is attempt #1:
Boy, howdy, it wasn't quite what I expected. I love it, but it was narrower than I anticipated. It really did capture the undulation of the inspiration with the different sizes of beads. In fact, the undulations are pretty significant - almost spiky.
So I tried again.
That was different - the undulation is gentler. I love it, too. But with the gentler waves came fewer peaks and valleys.
Neither one is a direct copy of the original inspiration, but they do echo its spirit, and the process of creating both has been great learning fun. As I look back at the original inspiration photo, I now see lots of little things that she did differently. I didn't notice them at first glance, but they are really obvious now that I've worked through my own versions.
The final bracelets are stiff enough to hold their shapes like good bangles. This is going to be a fun one to go back to again and again - I've already got lots of ideas of variations on the bead sizes, the combinations, etc, etc. Thanks, Gina, for the inspiration!