Are you in a creative rut? Inspiration all dried up? Or maybe you’re just looking for some new ideas to keep both inspiration and interest up! If any of those apply to you, then you’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll find 5 beading ideas that might help kick start your imagination and get you creating again!

I’m writing this list with beaded necklaces in particular in mind, but the ideas presented here could be easily adapted to most any project you have an interest in.

1 – If you’ve fallen into the habit of making single strand designs, branch out into fun multi-strand or wrap designs for a fresh perspective! Multi-strand designs add layers of complexity to your work, and can turn an rather ordinary single-strand piece into something truly extraordinary.

2 – Commit yourself to incorporating a color or style of bead you don’t normally use into your next design.

3 – Try something exotic! How about using some decorative Czech glass beads or Swarovski crystals in your next piece? This could take you in all sorts of new and different directions!

4 – Commit yourself to learning a new technique (i.e., “African Net”) this month! Anything that breaks up your “usual” way of doing things is bound to spark a slew of ideas!

5 – Instead of stringing your next piece, investigate chains, and find ways to affix your designs onto gold or silver chains for a completely new look!

As the five tips above demonstrate, there are all sorts of things you can do, all sorts of new ways of looking at even existing beading ideas, to break out of a creative run, and these are really just the tip of the iceberg!

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Author: Chris Hartpence
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