Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Evolutionary Bead Mix

As I was looking through a box containing an abundance of bead tubes, I came across this bead mix. It's such a nice variety of clear and white cubes, rectangles and e beads, including some with an ab finish, that I was pondering how I could incorporate them all into a fun wintery piece.

Once I dumped them out of the tube, I realized this was not a bead mix I purchased, it was a bead mix that evolved as I worked on various projects. I am not the type of person to put each bead back in its rightful container, although I often wish I was! I have MANY tubes, boxes, bins and miscellaneous containers that hold the remnants of previous work. If I get them into containers of similar colors or types, then I have done a good job of cleaning up my workspace!

I am curious to find out if other beaders take the extra effort to get every bead back in its original container or if they, like me, enjoy the evolutionary process of making bead mixes! Also out of curiosity, I looked up the word "evolutionary" to make sure it was applicable in this particular situation and, I believe it is, what do you think?

"A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form."

Yes, I'd say that describes this process perfectly! Have a good one!


Anonymous said...

I only put the more expensive beads back in their containers. But when I made bead soup from seedbeads, I leave it as it is. Those mixes sometimes inspire me. And I'm surprised how different pieces from one mix can look.
Those white beads would look cool in a wintery bracelet with silver spacers. Or a set including necklace, bracelet and earrings, if you have enough of them.

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I don't work on seed beads so I have a tendency to keep them separate; however, that said, I have seen some beautiful pieces with these bead soup mixes. I want to try to wire crochet and think some zany mixes might be really fun, as well as some potpourri rings where you attach a bead to a ring loop! Teri
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