Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bead Color Ideas: Metallic Emerald

Trying out new combinations of bead colors every month is a great way to exercise creative muscles and experiment with palettes, but it’s not often that I actually get to use any of the concoctions I come up with. Right now I am working on a lariat inspired by a palette from last year, and it’s working out so nicely that I wanted to try again and find a great palette for some beads I want to use up soon.

Although I want to make use of all the great things in my bead collection this year, I hadn’t intended on actually working through my supplies methodically the way I did during the destash challenge. I was going to go for a more spontaneous inspiration method. Still, I find myself drawn to using up and finally bidding farewell to some older beads, including all of my Toho cubes and triangles. I’ve already started using some of them up, but I needed to explore some palettes for some lovely silver-lined green triangle seed beads.

Emerald Sea Bead Color Idea

I started with a palette that I knew I’d like right away, with gold freshwater pearls and dark blue lined aqua 11/o’s. The elegance of the gold pearls and the mysterious quality of the blue seed beads blend perfectly with the metallic sheen of the triangles. This palette could be used for both Egyptian and aquatic themes – two of my favorites.

Emerald Garden Bead Color Idea

Next I went with some bold colors for a spring look. Canary yellow and purplish cobalt iris seed beads add a lot vitality to the dark green triangles. I like the intensity of the yellow with the darker colors, and the way the shimmer on the cobalt makes it all more sophisticated than your basic opaque brights. I think this palette would be perfect for floral designs.

Emerald Wings Bead Color Idea

For the final palette, I wanted to add another shade of green. I’ve used these emerald triangles before with dark greens and browns for a pine bough effect, and I wanted to see how similar colors would look – and if they could have the same freshness without being too obvious. I used metallic June bug and transparent dark topaz to complete the trio. I’d really like to see this palette in action, and see how the greens play together in an actual pattern, perhaps with a beetle or dragonfly theme.

What are you favorite combinations for dark green?

Copyright 2015 Inspirational Beading
Subscribe to Inspirational Beading
Get inspired on Facebook and Google+

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Inspiration Topics

accessories amulet Ancient Worlds Modern Beads animals April's Army art ArtFire astrology astronomy autumn awards awareness bangle beach Bead Inspired Bead Shops bead soup bead spotlight bead stash Bead Trays beaded beads beading theory beads belt bezel birthstones black blog spotlight blue boho bone book spotlight bracelet Bracelet A Week branch fringe brick stitch brown bugles buttons cabochon ceramic chain maille challenge charity chevron chain christmas collar Collections color Color Ideas color triads conservation craft shows crafts crochet crystals cuff Culled Beads current events Current Faves daggers Daily Sets daisy chain Delicas Destash drops Dutch spiral earrings Egypt Egyptian Gods embellishing embroidery environment etsy exotic fair trade fantasy fashion Favorite Beads Favorite Techniques feminine fibers film findings fire polish fixtures Flashback Test flickr inspiration flowers food found object free form fringe Geek Jewels geekery gemstones geography giveaway glass gold gray Greece green herringbone hex cuts history holiday home decor insects inspiration tip inspired beader Inspired by... Inspiring Links ivory Jewelry Stash knitting ladder stitch lampwork lariat leaf fringe leather lights literature loomwork macrame magatamas Master Class Medallions metal free metalwork Mini Collar a Week mixed media mixture Mood Board MOP multi-color multi-strand music natural beads nature necklace Necklace a Day Nepal chain netting New Beads ocean ombre orange paint paper patterns pearls pendant peyote photography Picasso finish pink Pinspiration PMC polymer clay poster sketch purple quick inspiration rainbow RAW red resin ring Ring a Day rivoli Rome Russian spiral scarf science seed beads shell silver soutache spiral rope spring square stitch St. Petersburg steampunk stringing stripes summer tagua TBT The Elements thread Tilas Time Capsule tools trade beads triangle weave tribal tropical turquoise tutorial two-hole beads Ugly vintage Wear it Twice weather white winter WIP wire wishlist wood World Beaders yellow
Blog Home * About * Beading Tutorials * Advertise

Learn About Sponsoring Inspirational Beading with Project Wonderful
Affiliated With ShareASale.com and Amazon.com