Beading along with Marcie's color challenge over onLaBellaJoya blog, the theme was oil paintings. The first one I worked on had a palette of golden orange with hints of beige and muted plum.
I started with a base of right-angle weave using the last of my copper-lined amethyst AB size 6 seed beads, embellished on the edge with loops of frosted silver-lined golden orange 11s, with a pair of light orange opaque Delicas flanking topaz AB Swarovski crystals. I also embellished the base itself with more topaz crystals, frosted orange and tiny bronze seed beads. Hidden at the base of each fringe loop are bronze and metallic dark raspberry seed beads.
I finished the necklace with loops of bronze and a gunmetal chain.
I used frosted black 8s, bronze and opaque blue 11s, cream AB Delicas, light colorado topaz Swarovskis and my remaining tiny blue pearl drops from the 2009 Bead & Button show.
I had only two pearls left, so I made my own pair of pearl earrings with a few bronze 11s and black 3mm firepolished beads.
I'm clearing out space in my studio, so for a limited time these pieces are up in my Listia account, a place to get free stuff. Please register through this link http://www.listia.com/signup/341959 as it gives me referral points. :D