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.
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!
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