Jeannie probably didn't mean that as a challenge, but I took it as one. It became my goal to use all of her Peeled Paint Art Beads in the piece. With the exception of six polymer clay beads (set aside for earrings that I'll make later on), I'm proud to say I used all of Jeannie's beads in my Bead Soup Necklace!
The key to combining the black and white polymer beads was emphasizing what they have in common: the copper leaf. My eyes picked out shades of green and orange in the copper leaf, and Swarovski Elements Crystal Round 4mm beads in lime and Indian red are perfect representations of those colors.
One side of the necklace is made with White Quartz Soft Flex Beading Wire, opaque white size 11 seed beads, and the black polymer clay beads. Wire-wrapped dangles with white seed beads and both crystal colors bridge the gap between the white beading wire and the bracelet bar (used as part of the necklace's focal point. The other side of the necklace is the opposite, with Black Onyx Soft Flex Beading Wire, opaque black size 11 seed beads, and the white polymer clay beads. I love how the combination of black and white on both sides of the necklace seem to trick the eye - it takes awhile to realize how the two strung sections differ.
Antique Copper Soft Flex Craft Wire in 22-gauge is the only other material I added to the mix. It's a color that falls somewhere between the bright copper of the Peeled Paint Art Beads and the darker copper/bronze of the chain, clasp, and focal piece. By using it along with a combination of all four bead colors front and center of the necklace, it brings all elements of the piece together. The resulting necklace looks like it definitely knows how to party!
Thank you so much for taking the time to celebrate with me! To keep the party going, please visit the Bead Soup Blog Party page at Pretty Things for a complete list of participants. Enjoy!!
Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and co-author, with Sara Hardin Oehler, of Show Your Colors. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.