Here is what Jess from Vintaj Natural Brass sent me - several focals and a stash of brass! Yummy! I love wire, metal beads and chain.
Where, oh where to start? Bracelets usually come first for me, and it happened again. I added amethyst beads, vintage aqua and purple swirly beads, brass and Czech glass. I just love that Vintaj clasp.
The earrings were next.
Then I made the necklace (more about that in a minute).
This was a bit of a challenge for me because I've been in a rut of making things that have only one or two colors for at least a year. (Change is good. I needed the challenge.) The first version of the necklace had the same amethyst, brass, vintage aqua/purple and Czech beads as the bracelet wire-wrapped together and finished with the medium-sized Vintaj chain.
It just didn't seem right. It needed a little pop or push. I started going through my yellow beads. Nope, they all were way more yellow-yellow than the focal bead's yellow. Aha! I had coin-shaped pale lemon quartz beads in just the right shade.
There was one problem, though. I'd used up all the good Vintaj wire and couldn't add the yellow beads with wire-wrapping. The nearest Hobby Lobby doesn't have Vintaj wire and the brass I had on hand was not the right shade. Could I still knot the way I learned ages ago? Yes! I knotted the necklace on 3-ply dark blue waxed linen. And I'm done. And it has more than two colors. :)
I know the pieces aren't real matchy-matchy. I like them to just look related.
Thank you Lori for putting all this together! Let's go see the rest of today's bead soup results. The list is here at Lori's blog.