With the new wave of uniques came a handful of sunshine coloured beads that inspired me to design a fresh and wearable new Safari bracelet. I immediately saw classic leopard print in the crisp spots of this little yellow and black design, and imagined them sharing space on a bracelet with some of Kathy Perras’ Siberian Tigers…
I wanted lots of crisp black to give snap to the palette, so I reached for the new faceted “Sahara Night”, the “Diamond Bead, black”, and the “Black Armadillo”. The newly retired “Eye Bead” is graphically punchy and echoes the dots of the uniques. A “Black Silk” with lovely bronze iridescence nicely balances a “Smoky Quartz”.
The honey tones of the bracelet are just as important. I couldn’t resist this lovely, caramel coloured butterfly. We’ve been playing with this bead and it’s gorgeous with ambers, so warm and organic. Two warmly striped new uniques continue the bronzed caramel palette, and a maple syrup coloured amber glows
opposite this super sparkly, bronze “Magic Carpet” patterned unique. The greenish undertone and little red dots on this classic core unique offer a little emphasis at each junction, and make it tie in even more perfectly with its neighbour on this bracelet design. Note how it picks up the same colours of olive and flame red at left…
Finally, a pair of crisply patterned, black and white classic core uniques from the new series help to finish the bracelet design at the lock with emphasis. This bold yet tapered note on either side of the lock is a satisfying and balanced gesture that pleases the eye when the clasp turns to the back of the wrist while being worn.
Clockwise from clasp: “Troll Tree Lock”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Three in One”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Black Armadillo”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Smoky Quartz”, “Kathy Perras Artisan Bead”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Three Siblings”, “Sahara Night Facet”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Black Silk”, “Transformation”, “Classic Core Unique”, “The Eye Bead”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Snake”, “Unique Amber”, “Classic Core Unique”.