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Inspired By Design

When I left the Beadalon office for maternity leave, I thought I’d have all kinds of time to make jewelry. Yeah, right! That little bundle of joy took away any inkling of creativity that I previously had coursing through my veins. That, and the infinitesimal amount of sleep that I managed to survive on. I came out the other side relatively unscathed, and luckily, Katie Hacker’s gorgeous piece Gray for Day, Silver for Night awoke me from my creativity slump and inspired me to get beading again. Thanks, Katie!

I substituted our new gunmetal chain for the silver chain and used the findings from the new Gunmetal Plated Findings Variety Pack to connect the components. Instead of the hematite loops, I substituted CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements 4737 Triangle Pendants from my friend Alisa at Har-Man (Thanks, Alisa!) I used 14mm Pinch Bail Pendants to connect them together. I linked everything together with 20-gauge Artistic Wire™ in Amethyst, which matched the chain perfectly. I think the best part is that I got to use a bunch of leftover crystals that I had in my stash.

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by new components and designs that inspire me everyday. What inspires you? Share your ideas in a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win a Gunmetal Plated Findings Variety Pack. We'll collect comments for one week and then randomly select a winner.

- Meredith Roddy


  1. I always find the odd moment of inspiration when digging through the bin of stuff I have not yet got around to organizing....

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  2. I read lots of blogs including yours and Katie's - get lots of inspiration there! I also like some of the magazines out now.


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