It's Easy Being Green By Melissa J. Lee9:00 AM
Before my son was born and before I met my husband, I used to work fairly long hours at the job I held at that time. It was tiring, and I had a tendency not to notice much in the evenings beyond dinner and maybe a couple chapters of a mystery novel I read to unwind before sleep. Although, I was aware of the turn of seasons as each arrived, I was never really inspired by them.
As corny as it may sound, all of this really changed dramatically once I had a family of my own. For me, now, summertime is bursting with color, especially the rich shades of green - the gentle spring green and the deeper, more robust green that appears everywhere around this time of year where I live.
I have to admit - this interest is largely due to my husband's interest in gardening. He comes from a family of avid gardeners, and when we bought our house right before our son was born, he studied our backyard carefully and plotted out a generous space for a vegetable garden. Now, I have zero talent for gardening - sadly, I kill pretty much every plant I take a hand to - so my husband's garden always seems like a mysterious and magical place to me. It continues to fascinate me, and it is probably due to this that I equate summer with green to the degree that I do. The above photos are all shots of our garden from last summer. (As I write this, our current garden is filled with energy - the seeds are sprouting and the seedlings are taking root. The garden boxes are not yet overrun with green shoots and leaves, but they will be soon.)
Naturally, much of my interest in color translates to varieties of green-toned jewelry at this time of year. I love the grass green shades of peridot and the more sea green chyrsoprase and often incorporate them into my summer designs. So it's not surprising that, when I was perusing Soft Flex's new Trios line of beading wire, I would be immediately drawn to the Renewal set, with it's beautiful shades of green.
I thought I'd take the opportunity to experiment with this wire a bit, and have come up with three summery designs to show you. I hope they provide you with some inspiration as you work on your own summer pieces.
This first necklace, "Candy Kiss", incorporates lampworked beads by Sarah Moran. I often use leather cord when designing with Sarah's beads. I thought it would be interesting to use the Trios wire instead, to add even more eye-popping color to the design. I chose the color of the resin coins and rondelles to complement the wire.
I thought these side-drilled bone beads would be perfect to frame colorful bits of Trios wire. The warm brown and maroon tones of the beads complement the shades of green in the wire.
Working with Trios Renewal wire is a wonderful experience. I love the fact that the wire is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The impact of the color is also very delicate - just right for light, summery pieces. It makes adding a touch of green to a design perfectly easy.
Of course, best of all, the Renewal colors are just one of the beautiful Trios combinations available to designers. Hmmm, I think I'll try Serenity, next ...