One of my goals this year is to be more active in the bead blog world. I "signed up" to participate in Michelle Mach's Secret Snowflake Challenge. I chose this challenge because the chosen beads are not what I normally gravitate to. I thought it would kick me out of my color comfort zone at bit. It was somewhat successful - I used quite a bit of the beads that were in the challenge kit, but I just couldn't stay exclusively in the "light blue" zone. I HAD to add contrast and color.
My inspiration was my own experience with Winter. Keep in mind that it has been in the 70's and 80's here for a while and winter, as most people know it, is something I have limited experience with. The Sierra's in snow became my color inspiration. The dark granite of the rocks, the ice white and blue of snow, and the pale winter light of the sun became my muse. I re-worked the necklace 3 times before I got to a piece I was happy with. I added more white by using indonesian glass beads, and pale orange using Carnelian (with both the large chunk and the small flashes of orange). I also used some pretty Czech pressed glass that reminded me of the mountains.
I ended up with 3 pieces - A necklace, a bracelet and earrings. While it all goes together, it was not necessarily meant as a matching set. I also mixed metals - something I also tend not to do.
|All 3 pieces|
I think these are going to be delivered to Bella Cosa where possibly a homesick North Easterner will buy the pieces and wear them while sitting in the sun, drinking a latte and remembering the good old days of snowfall.
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