>> Thursday, November 4, 2010
An elegant jewelry set, with a textural design quality to remind you of the colors of Autumn. Beautiful sterling silver, set off with flashes of warm copper, sprinkling of olive beads, the sparkle of Swarovski crystal, a mixture of Czech fire-polished glass beads, and a hint of Hill Tribe Gold-filled seed beads.
I love the colors of Autumn. The golds, browns, muted greens and coppers. Beautiful! Always an inspiration for an earthy, sultry color palette.
Artbeads.com is hosting another Design Partners Gallery on Facebook. The theme is....you guessed it, "Colors of Fall"!
This particular jewelry set was used as a silent auction gift at a benefit fundraiser social event for my friends daughter, Alicia. She has Goodpasture's Syndrome, which affects the kidneys and lungs. The event was a huge success and the family is so happy with all the wonderful, generous people out there.
I love working with sterling silver, as many people know. But I wanted to warm it up, and bring the lovely fall colors into my creations. With the help of Artbeads.com I was able to do that.
For the pendant, I used a Sterling Silver Kite-shaped link for the frame. The frame was not bulky, and was an excellent size to use as a pendant. The weld to close the link was strong, and smooth, no large unsightly lumps at all. I was going to use the two others I had recieved to make earrings, but had decided that it would be too big, and would be too "busy" looking for the effect I wanted. Definitely will be making a purchase for these again in the future, as these little frames save me some time in making my own frames for pendants.
When I think of Fall, I think of all the colors associated with it, but mostly I think of all the texture that it brings. The crinkling of the leaves, the roughness of the tree bark, the twisty branches reaching towards the sky. I wanted my pieces to have a textural quality to them. So I mixed up a little bit of everything with these pieces.
Inside the pendant frame, the bracelet frame and the earrings, I created a wonderful textural landscape. Using different sized beads, and tiny coils of copper wire, for that little bit of flash & warmth, these pieces just breathe "Fall". Some of the beads I used were the TOHO Round Silver Lined Seed Beads in Olivine, Swarovski 4mm Faceted Roundelles in Crystal Golden Shadow, and Czech Glass Fire-Polished Roundelles in Turquoise with Picasso Mix.
I have never used the TOHO Seed beads before. I am quite impressed with them. I like the silver lining that these particular ones had, and they were all of a uniform size. Sometimes, in other seed beads, you get the weird sized bead, and it throws off your design? These are so consistent, you don't have to worry about that. Which I like!
I love Swarovski. I cannot say enough good things about it. They are perfect for that sprakling brilliance you would want in your design. I just love sparkly. 'Nuff said.
Everytime I use the Czech Glass fire-polished beads, I just fall in love with them more. So many color combinations, and such a high quality bead, there is no way you could go wrong with them. These are fast becoming my favorite glass beads to use.
I love this set, it has such elegant lines. I hope whoever won them in the silent auction will enjoy them!
Disclaimer: I have received these products free of charge from ArtBeads.com, and I am using these products in my creations to review for this company. I have not been paid to do these reviews or to recieve these products from Artbeads.com.