Sunday, December 20, 2009

Raspberries and Cream Lariat

A Bowl of Raspberry Ice Cream

When looking for a way to describe togetherness, we often use foods for analogies: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, peas and carrots. These food combinations are examples of the perfect pair. Foods can also be very inspiring when looking for a great color combination. Mustard and ketchup, or chocolate and cherry are just two examples of great foods that also make great color combos.

The Inspiration:

I received a set of Cubic Zirconia hearts and ovals from in pink and lavender. The pale colors have a sort of creamy quality to them, and a definite sweetness that is reminiscent of candy. When I set out to create a design with the CZ beads, I wanted it to be something yummy.

Raspberry and Cream Candy Beads

The Beads:

I went through my entire stash of beads, looking for just the right colors to compliment the pink and lavender beads. The first thing that caught my eye was a packet of ivory Toho triangles. I also selected some raspberry lined crystal 8/0 seed beads, and fuchsia lined 11/0’s. Altogether, these beads look good enough to eat.

The Beadwork:

My first idea was to create a heart shaped pendant using square stitch and the triangle seed beads. The pattern I created worked great, but the triangles weren’t quite right, and the pendant had a lopsided look to it. I went back to the drawing board, and considered a light Y necklace with the heart beads as focals. That’s when I had a vision of a thin and delicate daisy chain lariat, with CZ hearts at the ends.

Raspberries and Cream CZ Lariat

The pink hearts were side-drilled, so I used these for the center of the bead strand, with the lavender hearts at the ends. I was surprised by the weight of the CZ ovals, which are a bit heftier than glass beads of the same size. They were perfect as bumpers for the heart section, and help to keep the tiny necklace in place when worn.

I would like to thank for providing the CZ beads used in this design. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for including products or reviews in this blog post. I have shared my honest opinions about the products used in this design.

Copyright 2009 Inspirational Beading

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