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“Breezes......... III”


Description from Smoky Rose: I'm gonna use both the rosy white and the fluorite before this weekend is over - question is, together or not?


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  1. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Oohhhh…very pretty and soft! :-)

  2. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I sure like the dark peacock pearls w/the rosy white for contrast. This would be very pretty, Smoky. Nice Pick.

  3. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Love the Ocean Jasper. If I can interject an opinion here, using it with fluorite depends entirely upon the quality and tone and which fluorite you are referring to.
    Have you thought of the ametrine? If you plan on warm colored metal, this would be a good pick. If cool colored metal a fluorite shifted to the blue might be better….if not too intense a color to overpower the subtle ocean jasper.
    Just my opinion.
    Happy beading!

  4. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Of course you may interject, Sally – and I appreciate you opinion. I have pre-Lima fluorite, from Michael’s, which is pretty in its own right, but by far, by far paler than LB’s….. that’s what I’m looking at – so, they are kinda of the same hues as the jasper….. may need something to pop them….

  5. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    What is your focal piece? Sometimes a focal can bring everything together and provide the exact “pop” that you are looking for. If your ocean jasper is the focal, then I would keep everything “behind it” so to speak.

  6. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    in this pick, it is a castle, which is kind of a play on words – inside joke with a friend… not sure what it will be yet, other than knowing it will be white metal, ss or pewter. do you think the white metal will stay ‘behind’ ?

  7. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    The metal can be overpowered by the stones. It depends on a bunch of factors.
    I look at the metals as the structure that sets the overall warmth of the piece and therefore sets the tone, warm colors gold, brass, copper) vs cool colors (white gold, silver, pewter gets warmed so it is kind of in between). That doesn’t mean that you have to stay with the one metal, it just sets the stage.
    If you are planning on the metal as the focal, IF it is substantial in size and detailed in design, then, it won’t be lost behind the color and texture of the gemstones. You can marry a metal focal with the gemstones by adding dangles, like the cz’s or swarovsky, to the metal focal to complement or to highlight colors of the gemstones you choose. That is why jewelry making is so fun! There are endless possibilities. When you place something next to something else and it strikes an ah ha with you, you have captured some element of jewelry design.
    I hope this helps?

  8. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    sure, it helps a bunch! thank you!!!

  9. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    From what you are saying here, the sterling or pewter should work well. In painting, we always echoe our color choices in other areas. Maybe you can plan to use more silver spacers or bead caps to highlight your special beads.
    Sally has some good insights about color shade and temperature. Warm or cool?
    Another way to “pop” your main bead color is to use contrasting small crystal spacers between the stones. I usually lay my stuff out several ways before deciding.
    Did we help or confuse?

  10. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Just now saw Sally’s newest note…good stuff!

  11. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oh, me too – I scoot things around that bead board a long time before I cut wire – almost like a game of solitare! just keep moving and shifting, till it speaks to you and lets you know that it’s ready to go! I like, like the idea of a contrasting color, thank you! I think I have the perfect tiny blue-ish green to contrast the purp of the lapid and the purp fluorites.

  12. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    my word…. yes, I do – just pulled it out – perfect! Thank you, ladies!!

  13. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Three Cheers for Smoky Rose!!!

  14. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    three cheers for Harriet and Sally!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    great advice, Sally!
    thank you

  16. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    A friend taught me to keep a length of wire on my board, just to try things on. The beads don’t always do the same laying in my tray as when put on a stringer.. :-)

  17. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Anytime, my pleasure.
    Contrast! now, theres a whole different dialogue and one that really gets design going!
    Let us see what you come up with!
    Thank you!

  18. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I do that too, Harriet! I have about an 8″ length for trials! especially with spacers, bead caps, etc – it’s the best way to tell if everything marries up.

  19. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    So true. How else to see how caps or dangles are going to truly fit together?

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Seashell Sally, you are GOOD! Do you teach, have an art degree, or something of that nature? You are very articulate and informative, & you’ve given me lots to consider reading your posts. Do you have an outlet for what you create?

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Rose, I started a necklace with this Ocean Jasper too, just last week! I have some mauvey purple pearls, Lima Peach Jade & some indie bead shop aquamarine nuggets in it.

    I would love to see a photo of what you are doing when it’s done! (& would share mine if you like.)

  22. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    yes, please do! thanks I will too! :)

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Sharing – Fun!!! Have to go for now, but will post one tomorrow. Night!!! Happy Beading!

  24. Smoky Rose
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