Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Unexpected Colors

My latest destash mission went through many different stages before I was finally ready to begin. The beads to be used were just a small handful of Swarovski crystals in amethyst, sapphire and crystal golden shadow. A pretty enough palette, but what to do with them?

At first I wanted to use these crystals to embellish a spiral rope bracelet, but I got bored with the idea before it was even begun. Eventually I decided to use them in a St. Petersburg necklace, and that’s where things got weird.

Destash Swarovski Crystal Rounds


I needed some additional 4mm beads to make chains long enough for a V necklace, so I added the last of my cherry red druks leftover from making strawberry pendants. As usual, I didn’t have enough of one or two 8/o seed bead colors to do a whole necklace, so I paired up each accent color with a different seed bead. It took some time to find a pattern that would use each of the druks and crystals evenly, and once the seed beads were added, the quirky look really came through.

For a focal, I used a Czech glass tile with a Greek key, and added one to each end to extend the length of the chains a bit. The addition of the orangey-topaz adds yet another odd element to an already unusual necklace, but if I was going to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Key Pendant


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1 comment:

  1. It's fun to watch unexpected ideas like that come together. The end result is awesome! I wouldn't change a thing either.

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