Remember my arm chair travel post about How Bali Silver Beads are made? Well, I was in for a treat as Auntie's Beads sent me samples from their Bali Beads section. I've only used pewter or zinc spacer beads before so these will really add to the value of the earrings I made. I used the lovely green Chinese crystal rondelles I didn't use from the last shipment and added some Swarovski bicones of my own.

It's hard to believe each and every small spacer was hand made.  There were 3 different designs so I decided to try and come up with a pair of earrings which used all of them.  The Swarovski bicones were added to the top and bottom of the dangle to get the length I needed. This pair of earrings is now part of my Life Collection on Etsy where 100% of net proceeds will go to cancer research.

Most of us probably have large bead stashes and having too many choices can sometimes be counterproductive. Where does one begin? If you find you are stuck trying to come up with designs, try limiting your options as I did.  It is a design tip that is reminiscent of cooking recipes which have only 3 ingredients. Think of it as focusing your creative energy!

If you are in a total design rut, be sure to read my past post on What To Do When You Lose Your Mojo to Create for 16 tips on how to get out of it!

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