I’ve Made Some Design DecisionsPosted by Matt on November 19 at 04:44 pm
First, I’d like to thank everyone who commented on last week’s “Matt Needs Help Beading” post. They were all great ideas and useful hints, but I couldn’t decide on just one of the Fresh Picks that were suggested. Therefore, I created a new Fresh Pick based on the stones, colors and textures that I liked from your Picks.
Since CAS was nice enough to create a Fresh Pick for the occasion, I decided “Merry Christmas Newlyweds” would be a good place to start. As you can see, I chose a similar color scheme and even some of the same stones. You’ll find Plum and Orchid Freshwater Pearls as well as Smoky Quartz in both of the Picks.
A few of you suggested the use of Vintaj Natural Brass in the piece. I’ve always liked the Vintaj pieces and use them frequently in my other Picks. I decided on the Pineapple Round Bead and the Filigree Ball. Using the antique brass allows me to incorporate more of Deidra’s favorite color (brown) while adding a new dimension with the metal.
Today, Ali took me through the stock room so that we could pull a few strands for the final design. I had an idea of what I wanted to do before we started, but ended up with a completely different lineup. Originally, I wanted to use Champagne CZ and Freshwater Pearls with brown gemstones and purple accents. But after we started pulling strands, we added chrysocolla, berry pink pearls and garnet to help make the plum and wild orchid freshwater pearls ‘POP!’ Next Ali showed me how to use a bead board, which was pretty helpful.
I’d like to know what you think about the colors, textures and stones that I’ve decided on. If you click on “The Bead Board” image above, you can see what the finished necklace might look like. If you think one stone might look better than one that I’m currently using, I’d be happy to hear about it. Let me know what you think!