A little while ago Sally Russick of Studio Sublime sent out a challenge to design a piece using set of ceramic beads which she would enamel in a colour from the Pantone Spring 2012 colour palette.Always up for challenge I threw my hat in the ring and chose 'Tangerine Tango' as my bead colour. I'm not sure why since it's not a colour I can wear myself nor one I would normally design with but hey, that's what a challenge is all about isn't it?!
So when I got my beads from Sally my first thought was to pick complementary beads that would calm the the orange down a bit but things didn't quite go to plan. As soon as I delved into my bead stash the first things that hit me were some gorgeous poppy beads by Moogin Beads that I'd been hoarding for the longest time, The splashes of orange picked up the tone of Sally's beads perfectly as well as having shades close to solar power, Magarita and Cockatoo in them and, since the poppy designs are created by using enamel on lampwork glass they seemed entirely appropriate. But not much calming down though!
At this point I decided that if I was going to go down the brightly coloured route I was going to go all the way and make the entire piece just sing. So here it is then - My Spring Colour Challenge Necklace which I've call 'Carnivale' - you may just want to reach for your sun glasses at this point...
Because the colours where so strong I didn't want to complicate the structure of the necklace so I started by simply stringing the beads on some bright turquoise leather. This didn't seem enough somehow. So I created a bail by wire wrapping the leather, looping the wire under Sally's lentil bead and wrapping it again on the other side. The lentil is flanked by the poppy beads and then accented by Sally's enamelled rounds, toning Greek ceramic spacers and silvered ceramic spacers to lift the colours.
I really wanted to make this colourful piece fun so I added some Candy Jasper and Czech glass beaded leather dangles to the bail which pick up all the colours in the poppy beads. The necklace is finished with a simple bead and loop fastening.
So there you have it, something of a departure from my usual style and overall probably more of a piece for high summer than spring but it makes me smile!
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