Recently I looked over at my ever growing pile of beads and decided to challenge myself to create new designs using only materials that I already owned. Have you ever done this? It could be called bead stash busting! I have loads of pretty beads and it seems a shame not to use them, in fact some of them have never been used in designs at all before now.
In order to help inspiration to strike, I took a few beads of each type and mixed them up together. This was actually really useful as it helped me to see how beads look next to one another and which beads go with which. I also realised that I have two main colour palettes – pinks and blues/greens! Maybe I need to branch out…
Anyway, after a fun couple of evenings playing around with beads, these are the finished designs. I’m really pleased with them! I think they may make their way into my Etsy shop soon :)
These designs are made with jewel coloured crystals:
These ones are in pretty pastel mint and pink, with pearls:
And finally, a couple of random designs, firstly one that reminds me of Arabic style patterns. I think I may make a necklace of this design too!
And some fun drop earrings with large sparkly goldstone beads at the bottom:
What do you think? I hope you like these designs!
Have you ever tried challenging yourself like this? I think you could do stash busting with all sorts of craft supplies. They really build up!
Thanks for reading!