Today is really the first of two parts… I envisioned a pair of bracelets that were designed to be worn either together or apart. Each one should have its own distinct colour palette, but be complementary to each other so that they could really be worn several different ways. However, one step at a time; let’s begin with the first design.
Knowing that the overall project would require a total of quite a few beads, I went with a soft palette that offered lots of options. The first bracelet is all different shades of light blue, lavender and green.
I took inspiration from two silver beads with dichroic glass in lovely shades of mint, periwinkle, and aqua. They are placed prominently on the bracelet, next to beads that help to enhance their already lovely colouring. I like to put “Chalcedony” next to this “Trinity”, and like to balance “Silver mountain” with “Light blue shadow”.
The overall look and feel for which I was hoping was light and shimmery, just like the dichroic glass. I was wishing that I had a “Dichroic Ice” to add to this bracelet. I did have one, but let a desperate husband buy it off my bracelet one day when we were out of stock. However, no cheating for me! I resisted the urge to snag one out of tartooful.
The good thing to take away is that “Dichroic Ice” a bead that would be useful in my collection that I ought to acquire when this is all over. I’ve come across a few little gaps in my collection through this process, which has been such a good learning experience. For example, I think I should look for a couple of nice yellows to round out my palette and offer a good complementary tone for my purples, pinks, blues and greens. Overall, however, I’m delighted every day with all the options at my fingertips, and haven’t been stumped even once. Interestingly, I don’t really pick beads based on “gaps” in my collection, or composing specific bracelets. I just take home the beads that I fall in love with, and somehow it all seems to work out.