How do I decide what to make?
Inspiration comes from several different sources for me at the moment, as a relative newcomer to beadmaking a lot of it comes from just playing with the glass.
At the moment I'm having a bit of a love affair with ridges - both small neat subtle ones and big bold chunky ones!
I'm also hampered by my skill set at the moment, I have lots of ideas but not necessarily the skills to achieve them all, then as a newcomer I also have to learn what the glass does, as sometimes it's not me... it's the glass (although mostly it's me at the moment).
I live on the East Coast of the UK and we have some beautiful windswept beaches here, not the ones full of holiday makers, golden sands and blue seas, but wild and unkempt with muddy greens!
I love playing with natural colours and I think some of my obsession with the more earthy colours comes from our coastline.
But then I also love jewel colours, and it all goes full circle!
I'm looking forward to the day when I have a greater working knowledge of glass properties, techniques and the skills to put them together to achieve what I see in mind's eye... but then there will still be a thousand other things to learn!
If you create, where do you draw your inspiration from?