This is the cover project from my book, Jewelry Designs from Nature. One of the things I talk about in the beginning of my book is substituting beads for treasures that you find along your way. I collected the beads used in this necklace from shows, Etsy shopping binges and some of my favorite online shops. The art beads come from all corners of the globe including the UK, Germany, North Carolina and New York to name a few!
When you buy a book and the supplies aren't easy to come by, what you'll need to do is decide what the basic components of the design are that need to be replaced and what essence of the design do you want to capture in your interpretation of the project. Is it the color combinations that have caught your eye? If so, you can play around with the shape and style of the beads that you replace. Is it the beaded clusters and lush exuberance of beads that have you drooling? If so, start with two or three floral focals and gather your accent beads to coordinate with them.
By adjusting the beads you use in a project from the ones used in a book, you create a design that is personal to you and has your own spin to it!
I've gathered up some Etsy finds that could be substituted for the focal beads in my original design.
(And just to give some props - the beads in my necklace: Focal bead: Seaurchin. Lampwork focal: Dora Schubert. Lampwork rondelles: SueBeads. Polymer clay lentil: Humblebeads. Ceramic lentils and blue rounds: Elaine Ray. Cream ceramic rounds: Gaea. Headpins: Cindy Gimbrone.