Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Necklace a Day - Ten

Frosty Chemistry Set Bead Palette

Last week I tried using one of my own bead color palettes, and ended up with a pretty nice little peacock pendant. It inspired me to go back and explore some of the possibilities of other palettes of the past.

The first triad I ever created is one that I’ve been wanting to use for a long time. Chemistry Set was made from a photograph of Saturn’s rings, and used purple and green seed beads with fiber optic cubes and rectangles. I always liked the combination, but I never got around to making anything with it.

Recently, I acquired some really pretty matte green druks in a sort of minty shade that perfectly matches my shamrock lined crystal TOHOs. So, I used these to replace the peridot green of the original palette and got to work.

Chemistry Orbs Pendant

Chemistry Orbs Pendant

I used my old standby, circular brick stitch, to make a pendant of four circles connected in a lazy zig-zag. I have only ever used the design with rivolis, but the brick circles are so much faster to stitch up, and easy to work with. I think I might have to revive the idea on a regular basis.

Eventually I added some purple cats eye beads to the mix as well, to pair off with the druks. They match the seed beads almost perfectly and it worked out really well.

The shamrock green doesn’t give the palette the same industrial vibe as the peridot. I think it’s much more organic now, and the shape of the pendant is like motes of pollen clinging together under a microscope. Somehow it always comes back to nature!

Copyright 2010 Inspirational Beading


  1. Love this necklace - it's my favorite of this project so far. Can't wait to see what you do next! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration.

  2. The minty matte green beads do make for a nice palette! I can imagine the peridot having a totally different effect. Can't wait to give this a shot!

  3. Thank you! I'm having a blast exploring all of the different things that I can do with my favorite beads, and those that I've been neglecting. I hope I don't get burned out by the end!


Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Inspiration Topics

accessories amulet Ancient Worlds Modern Beads animals April's Army art ArtFire astrology astronomy autumn awards awareness bangle beach Bead Inspired Bead Shops bead soup bead spotlight bead stash Bead Trays beaded beads beading theory beads belt bezel birthstones black blog spotlight blue boho bone book spotlight bracelet Bracelet A Week branch fringe brick stitch brown bugles buttons cabochon ceramic chain maille challenge charity chevron chain christmas collar Collections color Color Ideas color triads conservation craft shows crafts crochet crystals cuff Culled Beads current events Current Faves daggers Daily Sets daisy chain Delicas Destash drops Dutch spiral earrings Egypt Egyptian Gods embellishing embroidery environment etsy exotic fair trade fantasy fashion Favorite Beads Favorite Techniques feminine fibers film findings fire polish fixtures Flashback Test flickr inspiration flowers food found object free form fringe Geek Jewels geekery gemstones geography giveaway glass gold gray Greece green herringbone hex cuts history holiday home decor insects inspiration tip inspired beader Inspired by... Inspiring Links ivory Jewelry Stash knitting ladder stitch lampwork lariat leaf fringe leather lights literature loomwork macrame magatamas Master Class Medallions metal free metalwork Mini Collar a Week mixed media mixture Mood Board MOP multi-color multi-strand music natural beads nature necklace Necklace a Day Nepal chain netting New Beads ocean ombre orange paint paper patterns pearls pendant peyote photography Picasso finish pink Pinspiration PMC polymer clay poster sketch purple quick inspiration rainbow RAW red resin ring Ring a Day rivoli Rome Russian spiral scarf science seed beads shell silver soutache spiral rope spring square stitch St. Petersburg steampunk stringing stripes summer tagua TBT The Elements thread Tilas Time Capsule tools trade beads triangle weave tribal tropical turquoise tutorial two-hole beads Ugly vintage Wear it Twice weather white winter WIP wire wishlist wood World Beaders yellow
Blog Home * About * Beading Tutorials * Advertise

Learn About Sponsoring Inspirational Beading with Project Wonderful
Affiliated With and