Monday, July 28, 2014

Color Here, Color There, Color Everywhere!

    A couple weeks ago, I taught a beading class to a group of wonderful ladies. Seeing them choosing and putting colors of seed beads and crystals together: antique rose, deep rich burgundy, fun and flirty orange...I realized I had learned something important from them. I learned to be bolder with my color choices. I also realized that I sometimes painstakingly tried to match the colors, it turned out to be a waste of time after seeing my focal bead blended in too much with other beads that it lost its luster. That evening I went home and  reassessed some pieces of jewelry that I made awhile ago.  The Victorian Pearl pendants, for example, could use a "make-over".


I think the focal of the pendant now really stands out  and I am very pleased with the outcome. Size 8/0 gold seed beads were replaced with purple. Also, instead of size 3mm Czech beads, size 11/0 were used.

After is a great and free resource that I recently subscribed. Each day, I get a couple of inspiring palettes of colors emailed to me.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Kate" Statement Necklaces

Using SuperDuos, rivolis size 14mm and 12 mm, seed beads size 11/0 and 15/0, three components are made.

Connecting the three components, a pendant is formed.

"Kate" Statement Necklaces
Inspired by the jewelry collection of Kate Spade of New York