Oh please bead world, don't let natural brass elements in jewelry be a passing trend. I'm so in love with the look of natural brass. I can't wait to mix it in with some of my jewelry designs. It appeals to my art deco sensibility.
I have a few ideas floating around in my head. Like a series of square branch beads to compliment the bird charms that are popping up everywhere.
Need some inspiration? Check out Vintaj's project page. Also the latest issue of Beadwork's Stringing is wonderful eyecandy and then there is Belle Armoire's Jewelry issue. That should get your designer wheels turning.
(photo from the Vintaj website.)