During my recovery I spent a good amount of time following blogs and reading bead books. I was most inspired by Beverly Ash Gilbert's book Beaded Colorways. So inspired that I spent a couple days making bead soup out of 8/0 seed beads that I had stashed. If you haven't made a bead soup, I highly recommend it. Being a lover of color but always staying safe with my color choices this has helped me to not be afraid to put colors together in a more daring way. It is exciting to see how a wide range of accent colors really make a beaded composition pop.
Vintage brass button clasp or handmade lampwork? In this case they both work and that is why I love the versatility of beadwork. I tried netting and once I caught on to the sequence I really love the look of the red bracelet. For the green bracelet I used three drop peyote - it continues to be my go-to stitch.