Type of item: Accessory
Style: Romantic, Retro / Vintage, Hipster, Casual, Whimsical, Funky, Holiday, Traditional
Fireline, seed beads, crystals, pearls
What was your inspiration?
I needed something to match a maize turtleneck, a scarf, and a dark teal pair of jeans. However, the true inspiration for this piece, and many of my pieces came from a book called "Beaded Colorways" (see pictures). That is my "go to" book when I want real inspiration. Beverly's use and understanding of color is amazing and the projects in her book are highly creative and beautiful. She marries so many jewelry techniques, all of which are bursting with color. "Beaded Colorways" truly resonated with me, and opened my eyes to many possibilities which would not have occurred to me, had I not read this book.
What are you most proud of?
I love the combination of colors, textures, and sparkle.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This is a labor of love as it is extremely time consuming. This is the third piece of made with this technique. When I put one one, someone always compliments it. Hopefully one day, I will create my version of some of the other styles in Beverly Ash Gilbert's wonderful book.