Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Necklace a Day - Six

Peacock Bead Palette

Although I love putting together trios of beads every months for Bead Color Triads, I don’t often have the time to put them to good use. Sometimes the beads I use to make a palette come together are ‘reserved’ for something else - an idea for a project that may or may not be completed one distant day.

This month, I decided it was time show how a recent bead palette really would look in a finished piece. Luckily, October’s subject was peacock feathers, and the bead choices were awesome.

I mixed together two of the palettes, starting with some brown grooved rectangles, Capri blue crystals, and matte black magatamas. I added golden amber seed beads with a beautiful warm glow, and light aqua fire polish rounds to add a little bulk.

Groovy Peacock Necklace by The Sage's Cupboard

Groovy Peacock Necklace

These groovy rectangles have been waiting around a long time for me to get a little inspiration. I finally decided it was time to just use them, as is, and stop worrying about whether or not a better idea might suddenly jump out of the shadows. I strung them with a few crystals, then used my favorite quick stitch - reverse daisy chain - to make some straps and voila! A new necklace with lots of sparkle is done.

If you’re trying to tackle an overflowing bead stash, you’ve just got to jump in and do it. What kinds of beads are you holding onto for lack of inspiration?

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  1. This looks amazing. I love the groovy rectangles, and think that's a terrific way to use them.

    I've had a few beads here and there that I've just hung on to, unable to find inspiration. Part of the problem was that until a couple of months ago, I'd only even done stringing, but since I've discovered bead weaving, I've been able to use some of them in interesting ways. At the moment I have a couple of gorgeous pendants that need something fairly chunky and a bit colourful to hang on, so now I'm getting ideas.

  2. That's so exciting! Once you try beadweaving, it certainly is hard to turn back. The more you learn, the more things you want to experiment with!


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