Monday, December 06, 2010

and now for something festive...

I will admit that I saw this idea in Fire mountain gems (for the earrings), so I can't take credit for the basic idea.
Millefiori center bead with Czech glass flower cone beads on either end.

But why stop at earrings?!?!

I love my new "Hard Candy" necklace.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Color Palette Challenge blog hop is finally here!!

Just a refresher about the challenge…Erin Prais-Hintz put out the challenge to anyone who wanted to participate. We would pick a color, and then she would pick a palette with that color in it. She mailed color palettes to the participants a couple weeks ago. We then were to make a necklace using one or all of the colors in the palette. Sounds simply enough.

The color I chose was “green”.
Here is my palette:

A grey/ tan color with no name, “Claywork”, “Forest Tapestry” and “Clever Clover”. (that Forest Tapestry is a dark green - kinda looks like black on my screen)

So, I pulled out all kinds of beads from my stash that were in the palette. I happened to have some pretty things from Mudalicious that I bought a year or so ago (yes, it was my plan to hoard them forever!!).

I made 2 necklaces. Here we go!

#1 – “Clever Clay”

The focal is a ceramic key (from Mudalicious) in an orangey clay color. I used some faceted Citrine rounds, carved Smokey Quartz leaves, faceted Red Jasper rondels, swirled green lampwork rounds, light green Freshwater Pearls and a Vintaj Fastenable, bead caps, jumprings and chain. Every color from the palette is here. The smokey leaves are very light, and look like the grey/tan swatch. The swirly green beads have dark and light green in them. I really like this necklace, and I plan to keep it. (so I can continue to hoard that ceramic key)

And a close up of the fabulous ceramic key!

#2 – “Clay Work”

The focal is a ceramic button, also from Mudalicious, and a Vintaj Fastenable. The ceramic button is tan/ beige, with little areas of orange. The other beads are not exotic. I picked up the carved bone flower and the orange-brown ceramic beads at Michael’s. And the pretty faceted dark green Czech glass beads are from Beadfest (sorry, don’t remember vendor). The beadcaps are from Vintaj. The chain is antique copper, and is from AC Moore or Michael’s. I got it on sale, and don’t recall exactly where it came from. I really like this necklace too. I might sell it, or give it as a gift.

A little closer look...

And a close up of the button – really cool!

OK, so here are links to all the other participants! ENJOY!! And be sure to leave a comment!!