|my Snowflake tutorial - still available on Etsy
Most recently, I've been playing with Summer Mandalas, and sequins. What happens to snowflakes when you use other colors? Here are a couple of my discoveries.
First, I decided to work with Hot, summery colors in reds and oranges, with a pop of cool lime:
This pendant and earring set makes me think of margaritas and summer flowers. Not a hint of snow in the forecast! After a little experimentation, I found I particularly liked the look of matte transparent and opaque beads best. They created the most striking lines and the best foils for the sequin embellishments.
But what if I wanted a necklace to cool off in the summer heat? To answer that question, I started playing with turquoisy blues and bright greens, with lime sneaking into the color palettes every time I looked away.
The colors reminded me of a dress I purchased last summer. Thinking it would be fun to make a necklace to match, I began playing with more stars. The dress, by Desigual, has an asymmetric design across the front, which I hope to echo in my design as well. Right now, all I have are component parts, which I thought I'd lost for most of the past month. Luckily, they turned up this morning while looking for something else. Yeah! (Especially since I couldn't even find the pictures I'd taken before!)
|Not completely sure where I'm going yet!
It's such fun swapping out the colors to see where things end up. I first did this a few years back with my Halloween Snowflakes, complete with little lampworked bats to finish off the earrings. Doing some inventory, I found I have exactly of those two kits still available, and have relisted them on Etsy.
So there are my summer experiments! How about you? Any crazy color experiments this season?