Friday, February 18, 2011

Collections: Black and Red

Last week I showed some interesting mystery gems, and asked for some guesses as to what these strange red and black beads could be. There were lots of fantastic replies, but the debate goes on! Are they turquoise, jasper, magnesite, polymer clay?

Perhaps our giveaway winner, Alison B, will be able to tell once she has the whole set of mystery beads in hand. Congratulations to Alison for winning the draw, and thank you to everyone who stopped by to take an educated guess!

With all the fancy names for dyed and man made beads on the market, it’s hard to tell the true nature of a stone unless you’re willing to melt, cut or smash it. But the main thing is that beads should be beautiful, and the red and black mosaics fit the bill.

Here are my favorite handmade picks of the month, in gorgeous, sassy and trendy red and black:

Ladybug Chic Red and Black Collection

I also had a look around one of my very favorite image communities,, and found these amazing works:

Red, Black, and White Doodle by ~Ithelda on deviantART

red and black by ~deardark on deviantART

Black and Red by ~Metalluz on deviantART

The simple and classic combination of colors is very inspiring - you can do whatever you want with beads in a small set of bold hues. Happy beading!

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  1. Love the wine print! Gorgeous. I'm rarely a fan of black and red together...I think it looks angry, but I have to say, I do like the collection you put together.

  2. Thank you! I can see what you mean about the angry look. It is a really passionate combination. It's funny how different it looks when you turn down the volume. Pink and gray look just as good together, but in a totally different way.


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