Does anyone ever really STOP to look at a bead? Granted, there are many of us who pour ourselves into our work and spend hours in our studios perfecting the perfect bead and all the details that make it special…. but sometimes, you can find pure elegance in the simplest details.
I have the utmost respect for artists who take painstaking measures in the details of their beads. However, an equal respect is given to those whose beads are subtle and intriguing. All too often I see artists striving to see who can get the most twisties on one bead, or who’s got the most lines and dots?
Some will understand what I’m talking about, and some won’t. Some might be offended by what I’m saying, but hopefully not. The age old adage of “less is more” can be the selling point quite often. I suppose that most of this depends on your customers and what they like.
If you haven’t tried it in a while, and you’ve gotten caught up in the twisties, and the dots, and the lines, and the spirals, and the frit, and the powders, and the presses, and the silver, and the gold, and the copper, and the raking, and the poking, and the stabbing and the jabbing…… sit down, grab one or two of your very favorite colors, make a couple of round beads, realize for a moment that this is the foundation you started with, and love them!