Friday, May 6, 2011

Bead Giveaway: Pretty Pinks

Pastel Pink Bead Palette

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a job creating bead palettes and mixes? Imagine how much fun it would be to decide which beads go together for a project kit, or those little blister packs of matched seed beads. I love putting bead palettes together, even if I’m not going to be creating with them.

I also love hoarding beads, but over the past several months, I have been taking tiny steps to lighten my load of beading materials, and upcycle portions of my bead stash. The hardest part has been letting go of the really unique pieces that I have collected over the years - beads that I love but no longer use because of how they are made.

This month, I thought it would be fun to put together a really special palette of different beads that might make a great project all on their own. All you need to do is add thread or wire to make something really beautiful. Now that spring is really here, and Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I was inspired to create a pretty pink palette from my stash of terrific taboo beads.

Candy Pink Silver-lined Seed Beads

The bead ensemble includes a lovely mother of pearl flower pendant, two strands of pale pink quartz chips, about 10 grams of crystal AB bugles, and a whole lot of foil-lined pink 11/o seed beads. These are Chinese seed beads, which I purchased in huge quantities for a large project awhile back. The color is just a bit brighter than cotton candy and very pretty.

There’s a lot of pink going on here, and while I’m sure these beads would make a great project all by themselves, they need a little dash of something. Perhaps peridot or a bit of dandelion yellow.

To win all of the lovely pink beads shown here, all you have to do is a leave a comment on this post, and answer the following question:

What color would you add to this pink palette to make it pop?

You can receive additional entries by mentioning this giveaway in a blog post, or on Twitter. Remember to leave a link to your post or Tweet in your comment! If you do not have a Blogger profile with email contact enabled, be sure to leave a contact link (website, shop or Facebook) or email address (bead lover AT your mail. com) so that I can get in touch with you if you win.

One lucky winner will be drawn at random on Monday, May 23rd. This bead giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US.

Good luck, and happy beading!

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24 comments:

  1. I love giveaways! I think pink goes with anything! You could pair it with red which used to be a real no-no but I love it. Red makes pink pop and pink softens red. Teal looks great w/ pink for the same reason. And copper? Yummy! Part of it depends on the pink itself, I think. But the pink and peridot or lime is a sure thing no matter what color the pink is! I sure hope I get a chance to try! Thanks for doing this!

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  2. I LOVE the way the chips, bugles, & MOP flower look in your photo. I think I would choose a pale green and keep it springy... It wouldn't necessarily "pop" but I think the pastels would look lovely in a piece that sticks with a more muted palette.

    [Author's Edit: Before sending my comment off, I checked back over your post and saw that you mentioned a peridot, too! I've already got some bicones in peridot in my own stash... ooh, and some light green, perfectly non-perfect baroque pearls that I've also been saving for a spring project! -- both of which have been waiting for a bit. I have a few jonquil crystals as well but I think that would really be *too* pale. *Now* I'm excited and my green beads might not last until the giveaway is over!!]
    Best,
    Allie

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  3. A wonderful color addition to make this delicate pink palette pop -- GARNET!
    I love seed beads, and sometimes just choose a color and begin working with it. Usually I have no Idea what it will create, I simply let the color(s) "speak" to me, adding and stitching along.
    Yes, there have train wrecks along the way, but more often then not, I'm inspired to use my experimental weaving/stringing starts into full featured pieces. Bangles, bracelets, necklaces and free-form pieces have started out in this way -- resulting in surprisingly beautiful combinations and forms.

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  4. Silver/grey! In fact I use pink and silver/grey many, many times. I think it is a very nice colorcombination.

    Mieke

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  5. I think that at this time of the year, I would add either whites or greys:--)

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  6. I love these color ideas so far! I would love to see these paired up with neutrals - white, beige, gray, maybe even black if done right would look great!

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  7. I like to add aquamarine and turquoise to pink to make it pop.

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  8. I thinks a lovely shade of turquoise would be a nice contrast to the pink.

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  9. Wow! Great give away! I think the little dash of something I would use with them is a dark metallic gold!!!

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  10. Oh my gosh those pink beads are gorgeous! I would pair a pale green, like a honeydew color with them for spring.

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  11. I think chocolate brown would look awesome with this. I love pink and brown combinations, and I think it would flatter the neutrals in the mother of pearl.

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  12. I always love pink and green together.

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  13. I would love for you to pick my color palettes all the time. I have to say I might just pair them with a gorgeous persimmon, rose/gold, or honestly it may sound strange but a taupe/brown would be outstanding oh no wait a creamy chocolate would be the bomb! Oh now I am thinking!

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  14. I love pink with a very rich clear green, with some gold for accents.

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  15. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/paints12/status/67342109421735937

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  16. Green seems to be a top pick! Thank you so much for the Tweet!

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  17. Such a lovely shade of pink. Pink is one of my favorite colors, and I'd choose a color like Swarovski's Erinite, a shade that incorporates both blue and green. So, depending on the outfit you chose to wear the jewelry piece with (blue or green), it would take on that color tone, making it a more versatile piece of jewelry to have and bringing a beautiful splash of color with it.

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  18. I think a pale yellow would go nicely
    ivis_mccarthy@yahoo.com

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  19. I am going to say that a tangerine color would make the pink pop and be something to wear in the summer. It just reminds me of the weather here in Florida, warm and beautiful.

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  20. Tangerine is a loverly color to make this soft pink pop. It is warm, and beautiful, like the summer.

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  21. Oh how pretty! I've been very drawn to pink and green combinations, so would add a fresh spring green to these lovely beads.

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  22. Ooh, love the pink! I would put a turquoise with it for sure! Accented with greens and browns, the pink would pop out, being the "odd one out" so to speak. I would love to own these great pinks!

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  23. Deffinatley any shade of brown..like golden or to make it pop i would use the deepest shade of brown with silver linning.

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