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Coming Clean.

Posted by Matt on September 02 at 10:55 am

As a member of the Lima Web Team, I’m one of the only people at Lima Beads that has never really been a beader. It’s not that I’m not interested in the art of beading, I just can’t see myself wearing a beaded necklace or a set of earrings. Despite the fact that I’ve never had the desire to design anything for myself, I’ve been a closet “Fresh Picker” since the inception of the Design Your Own Fresh Picks (DYOFP) feature on Lima Beads. However, you won’t find a “Fresh Picks by Matt” page anywhere on the site because I’ve been creating them under a pseudonym. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it later on in the post.

The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic

It all started when we were testing the new feature internally. Since then, it’s been hard to keep myself from creating a Fresh Pick every now and then. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to publish them under my own name, just in case everyone thought they were terrible. So, I created a pseudonym that would allow me to continue picking. Even when I’m not picking, I really enjoy looking through the snapshots to find color schemes and texture combinations that I never thought possible. Being an artist, I’ve always been pretty good with color, texture and composition. It’s easy for me to look at some of our more popular Picks and tell you why people like them.

After seeing the kind of picks that are continually at the top of the favorites lists, it’s obvious that color has the greatest impact. More specifically, analogous color schemes seem to dominate the favorites list. By analogous, I mean colors that are close together on the color wheel. Another surprising conclusion that I’ve come to is that Fresh Pick names are possibly more important than anything. I’ve seen two very nice, very similar looking picks, but one had an original, witty name, while the other was not dull, but expected. Guess which one ended up in the favorites…

The Tin Man

The Tin Man

That’s the beauty of Fresh Picks. Here I am, trying to analyze what makes a Fresh Pick a great Fresh Pick and it turns out that there is no step-by-step way to design one. It’s best to design something that you like and give it a clever name. Try looking at a photograph or visualizing a scene from a book you’ve read. I almost always look at a photo when I’m Picking.

I know that I promised to give away my alter ego, so here’s a link to my Fresh Pick page. That’s right, I’ve been using my fiancée’s name all along. It’s kind of embarrassing, but it’s time for people to know that I’m a closet “Fresh Picker.” I don’t have very many Picks, but I think they’re quality picks. You may see one or two new picks in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled. Feel free to let me know what you think about them in the comments.

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  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:


    I can’t believe you’ve been sitting over there designing fresh picks.

    Hey, these are actually pretty decent.

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    Rachel says:

    Okay Matt, since I’m new to all of this, looks like I’m going to take my tutorials from you. Those are great picks!

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    Evan H says:

    Matt, your picks are wonderful. I love the flow of color and the way you incorporate Lima Bead’s interesting findings, beads and pendents.
    Who knows! One of these days you may pull out a bead board and start pushing beads around until something just clicks.
    In the meantime, please keep those great offerings coming. You know a pick here and a pick there and pretty soon you have one heck of a piece of jewelry!

    Evan H. (Granny Boogies in Las Vegas)

  4. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    I think your picks are really nice. I already had ‘berry tangerine’ in my favorites. :)

  5. Matt
    Matt says:

    @Tab – Thanks. That means a lot coming from you. As you may already know, “Dracula’s Girlfriend” has been an office favorite for a while now. I’m also a big fan of “Ancient Rome.”

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    kohl says:

    It might be nice to have a ( variety) of ways to sort “Fresh Pick” snapshots sometime in the future:
    By color, a gemstone, or even keyword in a theme, as there are so many pages of snapshots now.

    Just a thought.

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