Thursday, July 10, 2014

Work in Progress: Ocean Ombre

Is there anything more lovely than a bunch of seed bead hanks all in a row? This week I’m starting a new blue-green ombre project, this time with all transparent colors. It was a little tricky putting the palette together, because I wanted seed beads of the same make, and I was under a bit of a timeline for sourcing the supplies. I’ve had to make up the palette with only 8 colors, although I would have preferred at least ten. In any case, I’ll be able to create a pattern that flows seamlessly back and forth from blue to green, and that will do just fine.

Ombre Seed Bead Jewelry in Progress

The new pharaoh pendant way in the background is a few rounds in. After all the fussing we had over making sure to save enough hot pink seed beads, they might not have ended up in the design at all if I hadn’t given a little nudge. Sometimes it’s difficult not to give any input on my helper’s choices, because I have to take the overall design into consideration - how well the beads will fit in smaller curves, or how many more rounds a design can take before getting too large. We’re both pretty happy with this design so far, even if it’s a lot different from what we imagined in the beginning.

What are you working on this week?

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  1. I'm making an Ogallala necklace with a rather odd collection of beads. The collar begins with a 11/0 matte dark khaki color, 11/0 peach gold lined & shiny, 6/0 Matte Tortoise'' Mix Brown Beige, 8/0 shiny dark mauve, and a 6x8 mm faceted rondle that's called Glazed Carmel Corn. They all sound weird, but look Fab together.


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