Today’s bracelet is inspired by a quirky and wonderful orchid that is blooming cheerfully in my home’s bright front atrium. The windows there face South, and get bright, filtered sunlight all day, which makes my pot full of orchids deliriously happy.
With a busy family and shop to run I tend to forget the orchids when they are not in bloom, often forgetting to water them for weeks at a time! Think of it as a Darwinian approach to gardening… It’s “survival of the fittest”! They must be in the right conditions, because despite my neglect, they irrationally reward me with gorgeous flowers.
Most of my orchids are white phalaeonopsis, but the one that is currently blooming is a fascinating combination of ivory hinting at yellow, and fuschia that deepens into a rich crimson. Of course, like all flowers, traces of green are woven throughout the blossom. It’s a challenging palette for me, as the colours are not close
to one another in tone or shade, and most of my compositions tend to me subtle gradations of colour. I began by picking out my boldest pinks, and then found my deeper reds. These few beads were all the ones I had in this colour family, but it doesn’t take much of these ruby tones to make a splash. Next I found some subtle, earthy greens and finished the colours off with some buttery amber and a retired grey armadillo for a touch of cream. I kept the silvers simple but bold, to take up a little extra space on the bracelet and give a little extra length to the design.
Clockwise from clasp: “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “red-Pink Prism” (retired), “Bead of Fortune”, “Silver Trace, Pink” (retired), “Auspicious” (World Tour Limited Edition Hone Kong), “Grey Armadillo” (retired), “Canadian Jade” (Summer Stones Limited Edition), “Shortcut” (retired), “Deep Bubbles” (retired), “Ruby”, “Magical Lamp”, “Spot” (retired), “Labradorite”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Bead with Garnets” (retired), “Unique”, “Neither Fish nor Bird, Large” (retired), “Peacock Pearl” (limited edition).