When I bought these beautiful enamelled beads by Laura Sparling, I knew immediately that I wanted to create a piece where the lampwork would "disappear" and become one with any other beads I might use. As is often the case, realising this idea took a lot of time and effort. It was several months (perhaps even a year) before I spotted these vibrant sea bamboo beads at a fair. The colour is almost identical. A true red, not too warm or cool. I've added a few Swarovski crystals mainly because I'm incapable of creating jewellery without them but also because I wanted to explore colour as a block, playing with the contrast between opaque and transparent. Whoever said stringing was simple?