>> Sunday, June 20, 2010
Happy Summertime! The beautiful hot days of Summer are here, thank goodness! And I hope it stays for a loooong while. I love summer! The colors of the flowers, the blue skies, the turquoise waters, the soothing white sands, I love all the color that summer brings. This is the time of year that we can all get out and enjoy the bright sunshine, which makes everyone happier!
This summer, ArtBeads.com gave us the theme of 'Summertime' for our design challenge. This I could not pass up! Using the gorgeous Glass Beads from ArtBeads.com, I created this wonderful summer bangle.
The Blue, Brown with Green Dichroic Kalera focal bead is absolutely gorgeous! It has all the colors that I associate with this beautiful season. Blues, for the clear skies; Greens, for the leaves of the trees & grass; Browns, for the darkness of the woods; Beige & White, for the hot beach sands, and a hint of Yellow, for the warm sun.
Blue Green dichroic focal bead surrounded by dark wood beads, a light webbing ofThe way the wood beads bring out the streaks of brown, really make the blues POP! The focal is made very well, and I really appreciate the quality of this bead. No cracks, no muting of colors, it is a very high grade artisan lampwork bead.
copper weaves through the beautiful Czech Glass beads, and tiny seed freshwater
I wanted this bangle to be very light and airy, to serve as a contrast for the substantial lampwork bead. So I wove these tiny glass beads, and seed freshwater pearls into the netting with copper wire. These glass beads were a surprise for me! I didn't expect them to be so beautiful! I used the 3x5mm Crystal Picasso Roundelle strand, which reminded me so much of faceted Amber or Citrine roundelles. Also, I used the 5x4 Green/Brown Roundelle strand, which were the color of Jade. I am so impressed with these beads, I will definitely be getting more of these to use in my designs.
I've got more products from ArtBeads.com to try out still. I think I'm going to make a pendant with a Cherry theme!
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.