People love to touch, love the feel of different things. Inspiration also comes from how something feels. What about a spiky ocean critter, or an echidna/porcupine. All spiney protrusions are possible to achieve with spike beads or daggers like my 'Echinoderm' bracelet.
What about wanting to create a completely whacky piece? You could do something like Mikki Ferrugiaro's Armadillo Blossom purse and create a combination of two things into one - her inspiration for her 2012 Battle of the Beadsmith was asking herself "What would a purse look like if it were a cross between an Armadillo and a water lily?", only Mikki would ask such a question.
New Beads and experimentation
You have heard the line 'Stop and smell the Roses' how about changing that to 'Stop, smell the Roses and look at how beautiful the colour, delicate the shape, how soft the petals, how pointed the thorns ………...and the inspiration begins.'