Sunday, October 31, 2010

The End of October's Cup of Bead Soup

It's the end of October, and the end of this month's Cup of Bead Soup!  Today I'll show the last two creations I've made with polymer clay beads by Tropical Blonde.


First up is a pair of earrings I made using the faux lapis Kathryn made.  Remember these beads?  They look like lapis but are really clay!  Very cool.  I knew as soon as I saw them I wanted to make a pair of earrings with them, something with gold, something with chain, and juxtapose the clay with actual gemstones.  And I came up with this:


The gemstones dangling from the gold-filled chain are citrine rondelles, micro-faceted beauties that sparkle like crazy.  These earrings make a bold statement but are really lightweight, and an example, I think, of where less is more -- just a little bit of chain, a bit of contrast color, and you're done!

The last piece incorporates what I'd call my signature style -- lots of dangles.  I used three large, chunky polymer clay beads in funky patterns and tried to soften the look with flowers and pearls.  Not sure if I accomplished what I set out to do, but it's a unique look, for sure - and I like it!


I think it worked because the colors of the polymer clay beads weren't brash and bright, but softer.  I also think it worked because I kept the dangles on the paler side of the color spectrum.  Dangles can make a piece look crazy if the colors don't mesh (and sometimes that's the intended effect!), but if they're kept muted and around the same size, it can work.

I want to thank Kathryn of Tropical Blonde for participating in this month's Cup of Bead Soup.  You can visit her sites by clicking below:

Tropical Blonde:  Blog

Tropical Blonde:  Etsy Shop

Stay tuned for another month of Cup of Bead Soup!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

21 comments:

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Pretty, Pretty! I love dangles too.
Shannon

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

The earrings are fantastice - you are right, less is more. I can't believe those are polymer clay. You last piece is gorgeous! I love the dangles and the softer colors you used are awesome - they compliment the beads perfectly!
Have a great Sunday!

Gwynnie B said...

How cool are those "lapis" earrings! And I love, love, love citrine rondells on just about anything!! (haven't attached to the dogs yet).

Thanks for the inspiration today with your pretties :)

Regina said...

Love the chain and the sunshine on the 'lapis' teardrop.. looking forward to your November soup...

University of Iowa Meg said...

Super pretty! I love love love all the jewelry!

Tyne said...

The dangles are pefect for the polymer clay beads. Beautiful.

rosebud101 said...

Wow! Lori, great job!

sharon said...

These are really gorgeous Lori, love the color combinations...so pretty.

stregata said...

Gorgeous work!

steufel said...

Awesome. Lori. And I'm a dangle-girl too:-)

Debra said...

Usually not a big fan of polymer clay, yet you really made some pretty things with them.

Kate said...

Awesome stuff, Lori! This was SO fun. Thanks again for the chance to participate. This was a wonderful experience!

Courtney said...

Beautiful pieces. I do love the necklace. The colors and textures. Love the dangles. Her beads are fun.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Beautiful Pieces! I just love the way you set off the larger polymer focal beads, with the tiny dangles! I think you're right about how their soft colors compliment the piece rather than adding any craziness to it. Really lovely!

Silver Parrot said...

I love the way both of these turned out. The lapis earrings are so classy and rich looking and the necklace is cool and wintry. Plus, I'm all about the dangles - the more the better - so I think you totally pulled it off!

Marianna said...

gorgeous!!

I LOVE color! said...

Oh Lori those are sooo beautiful. I never thought to make faux lapis great idea. Be Blessed

lunedreams said...

Polymer clay is an amazing thing! So much you can do with it. Those citrine rondelles are luscious-love the microfacets! The pale yellow and bright blue together are lovely. I'm addicted to dangles too, somehow everything just looks so bare and I have to dress it up. (You'd never know it from looking at me. I guess I take all that compulsive adorning and heap it on my jewelry instead of myself.) The clay and pearls seem like a natural pairing.

btw, I've linked to you in a post of mine! Hope you have fun answering the questions:
http://cerebraldilettante.blogspot.com/2010/11/four-questions.html

Raida said...

Love those! I have to admit to also loving the dangles.

Lisa Tracy said...

Lori, I adore those earrings -- you're right, they're a perfect example of "less is more." I'm surprised by how much I like the necklace you designed, since I tend to gravitate away from pastels, but it has a really nice texture. The blend of colors is so soft and feminine, I almost expected to see a strand of lace as the neckstrap! What beautiful designs!!!

Barbara Bechtel said...

I love the bracelet! I like the way you chose to soften it by highlighting the lighter colors of the poly beads. It turned out wonderful!