I look at inspiration
as a part of the bead designing process that leads to creating
something. Whether the inspiration came from a specific place,
an idea or experience or something tangible, to be inspired is
usually the first step to creating art.
Flower of the
Sea Bracelet was inspired by the amazing colors of the ocean.
For this design, I kept looking at sea anemones, as they are
particularly graceful organisms that are not plants but actually
animals. These meat eaters attach themselves to the sea floor
or coral reefs and lure their prey with their colorful flowing
tentacles. The tendrils are reminiscent of flower petals and
the colors palettes are among natures most spectacular.
The flower center is
a netting variation that bezels a large pearl. Netting continues
to add structure to the flower shape using seed beads and pearls,
adding dimension. Petal like shapes and small spike fringes add
the finishing touches to the sea flower.
Two cables, made
from a netting variation, represent the coral reefs where this
sea flower calls home. The clasp is a hidden snap that is attached
to two peyote-stitched strips that are under the sea flower.
Dimensions: Flower is 1-5/8 inches
wide. Band is 5/8 inches wide. The bracelet is 6-3/4 inches long.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced