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!