Monday, May 16, 2016

Bead Color Ideas: Green Duo

While working on the often-earthy Greek and Roman projects for Ancient Worlds Modern Beads, I ended up accumulating more shades of green seed beads than I would normally ever use. Since then most of them have been untouched in my stash, waiting for another Geb-inspired design or something that would require a lot of green. For this week’s color ideas, I thought it would be both inspiring and useful to try out some accent beads against a two-tone green palette and see if anything sticks.

Lady Dragonfly Bead Color Idea

I had a lot of choices for the seed bead duo, but I immediately went for a hank of transparent rainbow mint that I haven’t even cut into yet. It was meant for the Atlantis lariat project, but proved to be much too shimmery for the rest of the palette. I paired it with some metallic June bug and then picked out a few ideal accent beads, starting with a strand of metallic blue drops. The finishes on all three beads play together very nicely, and would make a great collar, or some wing-inspired bead embroidery. I call this trio Lady Dragonfly.

Scarab Beetle Bead Color Idea

Next I tried out some flat rounds that have been in my stash for ages. I picked them up with a particular project in mind, but when it went sideways I never found another use for them. Once again the shimmery finish works really well with the seed beads, but this time in a coppery hue. This Scarab Beetle trio is exactly the sort of palette I’d been hoping for, and would be great in a medallion or an embellished cuff.

Curious Caterpillar Bead Color Idea

Finally, I had to go with something a little more spring-inspired. It took a while to find the packet of pink freshwater pearls, as they were hiding behind some olive ones, but it was worth the effort. I love the way the soft pink complements the mint green, while the June bug adds depth. Curious Caterpillar would be great in something spiraled or fringed, but I would love to use it in a full-sized collar.

What are you favorite colors to pair with green?


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  1. Pink and greens are one of my favorites. The soft color of those pink pearls can't be mimicked anywhere else. Nice choice!

    1. Thanks! I definitely think it's the most mood-boosting of the three palettes, like wild roses or cherry blossoms.


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