Monday, November 29, 2010

Bead Wish List: Primary Colors

Have you ever wondered why most colored Christmas lights come in strings of red, yellow, green and blue? Red and green are obvious of course, and yellow could represent gold. Those three together make a cheerful holiday palette.

Blue can be a holiday color, when paired with white, or metallics like silver and gold. But when red, yellow, green and blue are together at the same time, it doesn’t usually give a Christmas vibe - until they’re all lit up and dancing around the branches of an evergreen tree.

For today’s bead wish list, I went on a hunt for some deliciously colorful beads with primary color combinations. They might not be festive, but they are gorgeous!

Fire Designs Vibrant Bead Mix

Fire Designs Hand Blown Glass VIBRANT Mix

Rainbow Disks Lampwork Beads by Linden Avenue Designs

Handmade Lampwork Rainbow Disk Beads
by Linden Avenue Designs

Multicolor Molded Kancamba Trade Beads

Multicolor Molded Kancamba Trade Beads
from Rings & Things

Czech Glass Bead Mix

Colorful Czech Glass Bead Mixture
from BeadsDirect

Swarovski Elements Bicone Mix - Gypsy

Gypsy Swarovski Elements Crystal Mix

Millefiori Glass Bead Chip Mix

Millefiori Glass Bead Chips
from Fire Mountain Gems

Murano Style Glass Donut

Murano Style Glass Donut in Blue

Wild Night Out Lampwork Focal by Burning Scentsations

Wild Night Out Lampwork Bicone Focal
by Burning Scentsations

Today’s necklace design started with another fantastic creation from Burning Scentsations. I’m very fond of tree silhouettes, and as soon as I saw this focal bead, with it’s combination of blue and chartreuse, I had to have it.

I love the weight and texture of a handmade lampwork bead. I wanted to do something really special with this one, without overshadowing it with lots of elaborate beadwork. I hoped to mimic the colors and shapes, while enhancing the slightly aquatic, or oceanic quality of the design.

Summer Storm Necklace by The Sage's Cupboard

Along with cobalt and chartreuse seed beads, I used mother of pearl chips and black-flecked aqua fire polish beads to bring out the beachiness. Black magatamas add a little texture within the coralled leaf fringe.

If you have time to take a closer look at any of the beads in today’s wish list, I highly recommend taking a stroll through Burning Scentsations. The beads are exquisite, and the customer service is extraordinary. Plus, there’s nothing like a one-of-a-kind focal to inspire a wonderful necklace!

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  1. That Gypsy Swarovski mix just made me drool all over my keyboard :)I think it's the jewel tones that make Christmas lights seem so rich and festive. They're almost like tiny bubbles of stained glass.

  2. I love all of this color! Thank you so much for including my beads in with this collection of colorful beads that remind you of Christmas lights!!


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