Not every Bead Idea can be turned into a tangible piece, while some pieces not only work but evolve into more things. Caricaturing a subject is one approach to making distinctive beads. By emphasizing some element, such as is done with lighthouses where their stripes or other distinctive elements are made more obvious, a tall object can fit the 10mm general size of beads. Subsequently, one light house can become many others with the addition of patterns, by making it six sided instead of round or by adjusting the shape or size of the lantern room.
Other potential bead subjects are best done in miniature without exaggeration, as with our Horse and Carriage and Horse and Surrey Beads. These two-piece beads capture all the distinctive features and many of the subtleties, too. By removing the wheels and adding runners the Carriage has evolved into a Sleigh hitched to the same team for a seasonally delightful ride!
Evolution for the Carriage did not stop with a Sleigh. Using the same basic idea, the Carriage soon developed a shape reminiscent of the Red Popcorn Wagon well known to visitors to Sandusky, Ohio. Its general shape recalls numerous other venders of sweet treats and savory victuals. We suspect it will have numerous other incarnations.
Beads have proven that the only real limit to what we can make is our imagination. Bernard thinks everything is worth a try!