The truth is, I rarely know where my ideas for beads come from. I tend to sit at the torch with a handful of colours that I like, start playing and wait to see what happens.
I'm constantly revisiting Design Seeds for colour ideas (I'm subscribed to their feed so I don't miss anything!) but more often or not I grab a glass rod or two at random and just start to play.
There has been at one notable exception though. Like many people, I have an account on Pinterest, partly because I like pretty pictures but mostly because I find it easier to find items I want to bookmark for future reference by scanning a page of pictures rather than by a text list.
I came across a few pictures of rocks and caves, eroded and shaped by the wind in Antelope Canyon, Arizona:
|Credit: Ian Parker|
|Credit: Nick Melidonis|
|Credit: Andrea Peckl|
"Ooh, nice colours!" I thought. Then "It looks a bit like etched glass.".
For the first time ever, a real piece of inspiration! I even knew exactly which colours to use. The next time I was at my torch I tried them and it all worked first time; Arizona Ombré was born:
In case you're wondering what it looked like before it was etched...
I think it's nice enough, but I do prefer the etched version. It seems to highlight the graduated colours more.
Still, as far as being able to put my finger on inspiration, that's the only example I have! I can't be the only person who seems to grab their inspiration out of thin air... can I?