Have you ever had inspiration or motivation veer off in a new and unexpected direction? This has happened to me twice in that last few weeks, starting with one big necklace, which turned into plans for a whole bunch of little necklaces, and ended up with a few necklaces and a lot of other things. The good news is that I’m making a lot of fun pieces and enjoying each one, and I did get a few new pendants done.
First I added a new jade hieroglyph Y necklace, to replace one that recently sold. This time, I added some chocolate brown pearls, which begged for even more shades of brown. The hints of ivory and forest green give it a sort of Northern woods feel, but still highlight the pendant nicely! I was able to use up a few of the triangle beads in my destash area, but there are still plenty more where that came from.
Next I had to tackle a little something that I treated myself to - a Swarovski Elements Helios pendant in Indicolite blue. It’s gorgeous, but also quite small - I decided to find a palette first, then work out how to bring everything together.
I wanted to give the piece a very Mediterranean feel and use up some pure white cube beads at the same time. I added lots of aqua blue beads, and some transparent tangerine for a pop of tropical color. Just like the last time I tried to mix this orange up with non-fruity colors, the palette looked so wrong. I knew there was a way to make it work, without giving up any of the beads that I had chosen. So I started again, and this time added in some black lip heishi beads, and pulled back on the orange a little. By using it just as an accent, the other colors have more room to shine.
Do you like to set multiple project goals ahead of time? How often do you stick to the plan?
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