For the first one, I used a starfish pendant. I decided I didn't want to go the traditional route with the pendant -- no light beachy themed beads for this one. But as I held the pendant in my hand, I was utterly stumped. How to NOT make the necklace non-beachy when the pendant was a beautiful soft blue-green?
I pulled out my trusty color book, a graphic designers book called The Complete Color Harmony. I started flipping through it, looking for the teal of the pendant. In the middle of the book, I hit upon this page:
Completely non-traditional. The colors are in the Complimentary Colors section, and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had the right beads -- Swarovski pearls in Bordeaux. And here's the result:
I decided to let the teal stand alone in the pendant, and instead played up the color of the starfish with two fossil coral beads. I love fossil coral and handpick these at bead shows to get the best fossils I can. These unfortunately were the last ones from a strand, but they still have decent markings.
Next up is a rustic pendant with a wash of forest colors. I had a gorgeous sterling silver leaf bead I bought in April at BeadFest and I immediately got the idea of making a long necklace with an extended pendant drop. The leaf bead was bright silver, though, and since this Cup of Bead Soup has had me oxidizing silver quite a lot, into the liver of sulphur it went. I did use steel wool afterward on this one, however, because I wanted a matte finish, and Pro Polishing Pads tend to give a slightly brighter look. I added a small assortment of leaf and pearl dangles at two levels on the chain necklace, and here is the result...
I like the bead dangles, as they kept the necklace from being too stark. The leaves kept up the forest theme I was going for. The greens in the pendant reminded me of walks in the woods on a fall day, perfect for this time of year.
I'm pleased with the results. For the starfish, I pushed past my normal tendency to go with the flow and follow the beach theme. For the rustic pendant, I looked at a bright sterling silver bead that I'd already made pendant plans for and used it in a different way.
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