Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Necklace for Me (with Random Thoughts on Randomness)

On a recent visit to my Almost Local Bead Shop, I fell in love (for obvious reasons) with this little pendant:


Though it looks perfectly fine on a plain silver chain, I envisioned it combined with mixed green beads...


...casually strung in a random, irregular pattern.

But Randomness is difficult for me, as I am Addicted to Symmetry, and Very Fond of Repetition. So I compromised with...


...cube beads strung at regular intervals, separated by mixed beads in a carefully unregular pattern.

How hard it was to pick up the beads in no particular order! I even tried to come up with a formula which would give an appearance of randomness (no luck there).

All of which raises a philosophical speculation or three. What is randomness? That which is contrived cannot be truly random. Is true randomness achievable in a strand of beads? And if it were, would I like the results?


Never mind. I like my new necklace. It's casual, it's fun, and it has a bicycle on it - good enough for me.

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Afterthought: maybe what I really wanted was not randomness, but spontaneity. (Within bounds.)

Do you prefer symmetry or asymmetry? Do random or spontaneous combinations come easily to you?

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34 comments:

  1. I love your new necklace! You have a great eye for color and beading. I love symmetry, and start to stress if my project isn't symmetrical, but I admire 'randomness' on other people's items. :)

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    1. Thanks Cogaroo! I don't do much beading any more (except on commission) so it was fun to make myself something. :)

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  2. Symmetry all the way. I guess I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

    Love the necklace. The colors on the beading is just beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much! Symmetry for me too. :)

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  3. I so get what you're saying! My mind tends to always lean towards symmetry, but I also like neat randomness. I do love how your beaded necklace turned out, and that bicycle pendant is adorable! :) Paulette

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    1. Thank you, Paulette - symmetry seems to be winning so far. :)

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    1. Thanks Anne! I take it as a compliment coming from you. :)

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  5. Ah my friend I am just like you, symmetry is my thing even though I try to be a bit wild and do something crazy like string beads randomly every once in a while. IT is so difficult for me to do. I am a control freak, I need order, not random bead chaos. Love your necklace.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Oh dear, I never thought of it as a control issue, but perhaps it is....

      But that's okay! Control is good. :)

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  6. I am not certain about what I like, but I do KNOW for certain I love this creation of yours and what a wonderful serendipitous find. And, I do think that is matches that darling Miss T. to a T.
    xo

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    1. Thank you so much, e! I was thrilled to find that little pendant. :)

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  7. That looks just like Iris. Random spontaneous symmetry for me. ;-)

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    1. The unattainable balance of perfection.... :)

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  8. There is always repetition, a pattern ... ;-)

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    1. You are so right - even when I tried very hard NOT to repeat myself, I noticed that some sections were just like other sections. :)

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  9. Love your necklace Sue and trying to be random is a hard one.......
    I like symmetry but also appreciate asymmetry too.
    When I try to be random in my 'work' it turns out to be quite hard to achieve.
    Like abstract art, some peoples work looks like a 5 year old painted it but when you give it a go.......whoa, who would've thought it could be so hard to do......

    Claire x

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    1. Such a good example! Thanks Claire. :)

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  10. Ooh I love your bicycle pendant. My favourite frock has bicycles on it - such a cheery image.

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    1. Thanks Emma - and your frock sounds delightful. :)

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  11. I love that little bike pendant. You have had fun making it into a necklace too!
    In answer to your question, I quite like asymmetry, things arranged artfully in careless abandon!

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    1. Careless abandon takes quite a bit of artfulness, I find. :)

      Thank you, Sandra!

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  12. LOVE green! Love your necklace! Raised by a perfectionist, I once liked symmetry in everything. As I have aged, I prefer randomness which is like nature to me - imperfect yet very beautiful.

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    1. I like green very much too - it goes with everything, I think.

      Thanks for weighing in! :)

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  13. While I appreciate both, I always go right for symmetry. Like a pull I can hardly resist.Your necklace is so pretty. You did a great job. I probably would have put the bike on a chain, you took it to a whole new level.

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    1. Well, I did put it on a chain at first but it seemed so boring (also I have a shamefully large bead stash so I can claim this as de-stashing). :)

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  14. Oh, I love your necklace...the beads are so pretty and the charm is perfect for you!

    I have to say I am a symmetry freak. I think that is why I love making doilies so much. :)

    Sending hugs and blessings your way dear friend.

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    1. Good point about the doilies - an asymmetrical doily just wouldn't look right. :)

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  15. I LOVE the green with they bicycle. I never would have thought to create that necklace. Hooray for you . Is T jealous?

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    1. Not yet ... but any day now I expect to get a demand for a turtle-size necklace....

      :)

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  16. Repetition with variation, which is what you have here, always does it for me :)

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    1. Perfect phrasing as always! You have it in a nutshell. :)

      Thanks Annie.

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  17. That turned out so beautifully! I can see it on you even across the miles! Love the beads you selected to go with the adorable pendant.

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    1. It's getting plenty of wearing too. :) Thanks Deb!

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