Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Work in Progress: Transition Rings

This week’s bead tray is looking really fresh in my eyes. This is how it appeared just minutes after finally finishing the herringbone collar I’ve been working on for two weeks, and I couldn't wait to pull out some new colors. I’m taking a quick break to catch up on herringbone rings - there are 3 druks set aside during previous projects to use - and then it’s on to something totally new.

My original plan for making a lot of rings was to keep it simple and go with sold colored bands. Then I started getting all these interesting ideas for stripes and fun palettes. Along the way, I discovered that I really, really like two-tone bands, with the contrasting colors at either edge. This is the pattern I’ll be working with for these three rings.

Beaded Herringbone Rings in Progress

Usually I’ll just grab whatever colors are handy that will make a good match for the druks I’ve saved, but this time around I took a little more time to find just the right palettes. It’s hard to resist the temptation to only use leftover colors and the dregs of seed bead packets - although small projects like rings are a great way to clean up lingering colors in one’s bead stash.

Here’s how Nekhbet’s collar turned out. I decided at the last minute not to put any trim on the edges, and just leave the bridges bare. Any extra beadwork would have diminished the look of the collar, I think.

Nekhbet Egyptian Broad Collar

What are you working on this week?

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  1. Hello,Mortira:
    Your collar is wonderful.Nicely stitched,fine colors,I'd wear it for sure:-)
    This week I've been working on the second butterfly-necklace.One of them I have got ready and they both are going to appear in my blog not so long from now-hopefully at the coming weekend.
    Best Greetings from Sweden-Halinka-

  2. That collar looks fantastic, not like a Fourth of July Banner at all. *grins*

  3. I love the collar It`so simple yet elegant ! and the beauty of this collar stands out in the perfect shape you have achieved . The closure is a real winner !

  4. Wow, the collar is stunning! You're right that the simple look is best. Any trim work or other details would be distracting.

  5. very patriotic color scheme, lovely beadwork. your pin cushion is cracking me up :p

  6. Its lovely I must say.the color combo quite nice


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