One of my favorite things to do is to just take an hour or two (or five or twelve!) and just play around with materials. The studio becomes a lab for all my experiments with the odds and ends of materials I've collected. I challenge myself to take common "crafty" materials and elevate them; transforming them so they will be perceived as elegant and refined.
The first image shows a prototype of an element for jewelry I made by heating up Fun Foam and pressing letter stamps into it. The second and third images are of plastic needlepoint canvas with neoprene tubing attached with waxed linen thread.
These aren't finished pieces; they'll go up on my board to inspire me to do more experiments.