Using What You Have

We need beads and treasures so that other creations can be born. We have our stash to which we constantly add- busy jackdaws,  always on the look out for one more bead, one more ultimate prize. 
The stash/cache/treasure chest grows until it becomes a dragon's hoard and beware, lest we become like an ancient dragon ensconced in our remote, secret  lair, coil upon scaly coil curled around our hoard, guarding it, crooning to it, only ever adding to it, not creating.
There have been several posts about using what we have, not rushing out and buying more because what we have does not fit the vision of the inward eye and the inner eye is often what stops us from seeing the potential in what we have.
So I was cleaning up the debris which, by some mysterious process had manage to colonise every horizontal surface and returning beads to the appropriate colour group when I spotted these top drilled biwa pearls in irridescent olive green with flashes of emerald and gold ,nobbled and mis-shapen  gleaming and shining like pebbles in a rainforest stream. The holes were really too fine for 20g wire so I idly wrapped them with finer wire. Hmmmm interesting could be useful. In a compartment next to the pearls a czech glass round with a rusty spiral imbedded in a tawny picasso finish. Spirals like new growth or the eddies in a stream a perfect partner to the pearls.
I continued to clean and buried under my 'vertical filing system' came across a spiral of jump ring I had been making and had removed from the mandrel. They had been flattened and pushed out of shape an organic tangle like butress roots or vines. The rush to create came fast, but did I have anything else to go with these treasures? .There were these seed beads in metalic rust, ferny green and bronze - perfect!. Some rollo chain in my obsession - vintaj brass and this bracelet was born.

So here it is.
Turning off the inward eye, seeing the potential in what is on hand and a bit of serendipity.
I love it. 
I love the colours, the movement and how it drapes and I am going to keep it for myself!


  1. Hooooray!!!!

    What a wonderful Make Do necklace!!!! I don't blame for for keeping it for yourself, I know I would!! :) I think because I don't have the liberty to rush right out to find the perfect piece for my divine vision I have had to honed the "make do" for almost all my pieces. So much so that I can't seem to envision the final look of a piece at the beginning of the project. It's more of a make up as I go along :)

    Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

  2. Serendipity at her best! A gorgeous bracelet!!!
    'vertical filing system' - so that is what the system I work with is called!!!! LOL
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Gorgeous! Stunning! I love it! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your kindness.

  4. Wow.
    There really are no words. (But if you know me at all you realize that I am rarely at a loss...the words will come)
    This post, this challenge to 'use what you have' can really inspire and uplift.
    This bracelet is the perfect example.
    There is treasure everywhere, even in our neglected and discarded bits, even when our 'vertical filing systems' get in the way.
    I will be honing this skill more in the new year as a personal call to arms.
    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration. For making me think. For being a friend in the blogdom.
    Wishing you heaps of inspiration in the New Year.
    Merry Christmas.
    Enjoy the day!

  5. Ooohhhh, that is one gorgeous bracelet! I love your story of how it all came together from spying those luscious pearls and grew into this masterpiece. Well done! I can't wait to see more of your "make do" creative process!