First up is a bracelet I made with beads in one of my favorite colorways, brown and pink. The colors fit perfectly into this season's Pantone Fall Color Report. I decided to take a risk and use gemstones with the polymer clay. I say it was a risk because polymer clay is light, and the stones I wanted to use were the same size as the clay beads. I went back and forth to my bead cabinet, pulling out vintage lucite and Swarovski crystals, but I kept going back to these gorgeous red tiger eye beads. So red tiger eye it had to be!
To keep the weight down from these 14mm gemstones, I wired them together rather than string them together, and I'm rather happy with the result! I also had enough polymer clay beads left over to create a fun pair of earrings, too.
Next up are the blue and brown beads. As I looked at the beads, I noticed the tiniest touch of aqua in the polymer clay, so I decided to play up that bit instead of working with the obvious brown, blue, and cream. I had some simple ceramic beads, and came up with this.
Last in today's line up is a very textural bracelet made with two types of wood in two very different shades and the purple, black, and cream polymer clay beads. I decided to take the wild pattern of the clay beads and go for a tribal feel.
So what do you think? I tried to work in a different direction than I have in the past with similar beads. In the past, I've used Swarovski crystals and simple silver and that was that. I just matched up colors and found a cool toggle and while that worked, and they sold, I really wanted to try something a little different. With very distinctive beads, it can be difficult to get TOO creative, because the beads OWN the design, but by working with unexpected companion beads, choosing a tiny color as the accent, and playing with texture, I think I came up with a happy medium.
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