Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Necklace a Day - Twenty Seven

Black and Neon Bead Palette

Sometimes it’s fun to throw caution to the wind, and use color palettes that are way out of our comfort zones. If we’re lucky, we can create something amazing, but we always learn a thing or two about our ability to play with color.

Today’s necklace started with a pretty dichroic glass pendant in orange, green and light blue. With the black background, choosing a palette to compliment the pendant wasn’t that easy. For every option, there was a 50/50 chance that it would go horribly wrong.

In the end, I decided to try and mimic the colors of the pendant exactly. Luckily, I had just the right seed beads to do it. I started with 8/o seed beads in chartreuse and light blue, then added some in hematite. I wanted to add another layer of even deeper black, so I also grabbed some matte 8/o hexes. For orange, I picked 11/o seed beads in luminous sherbet.

Space Graffiti Pendant by The Sage's Cupboard

Instead of making a beaded bail for the pendant, I stitched it to a V-shaped St. Petersburg chain. I think the color and bead combinations turned out great. Although the beads don’t match exactly, the beadwork sort of contrasts with the pendant in an interesting way. One seems very industrial, the other more mystical. And now I feel a little more acquainted with color than I was before.

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